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Consultations are confidential between you and your student advisor.
The Co-operative Education student advisor is your primary contact once you are hired for a work term. That student advisor remains your primary contact until you're hired for another work term, at which point you may be matched to a new student advisor.
You will likely work with several student advisors during the years you are in the co-op system, and in each case will be able to draw on their knowledge of your particular employers.
During the middle two months of your work term, between weeks seven to 12, your student advisor will consult with you:
Work term consultations:
Purpose of work term consultation
From the point of view of the student advisor, to:
If you have questions and concerns about your work term before your work term consultation, contact your student advisor as soon as possible.
Work term consultation agenda
Not all of the topics below will be discussed at your work term consultation
Your student advisors will also meet with your supervisor during the work term consultation to discuss topics such as:
Other questions that may be raised by your student advisor
Take some time to think about the questions. You may find it useful to review the learning objectives you set at the beginning of the term as well as your job description.
If you want a mid-term evaluation with your employer, ask your supervisor to conduct one.
You’ll receive a formal evaluation at the end of each work term, which should then be sent to Co-operative Education. Only the end-of-term evaluation is documented by Co-operative Education.
Co-op work term longer than four months:
If you’re on a co-op term for longer than four months, an evaluation is required after each four-month period. Your co-op record must have an evaluation for every work term.
University policy states:
The University of Waterloo monitors work terms and records the employer’s evaluation of your performance. You must receive an evaluation for every work term and may not avoid recording or submitting an evaluation of your work term performance. If a work term evaluation is not submitted, a grade of No Credit (NCR) will display on your academic record. If you have difficulty obtaining a work term evaluation from your employer, please notify your Student Advisor immediately for support.
It’s required if you’re in Mathematics, including Math Accounting, and recommended if you’re in Applied Health Sciences, as well as Math Science/Biotechnology Accounting to have your work report evaluated by your employer, and the university.
You might have an update meeting with your student advisor when you get back to campus after a work term. This meeting will be via either phone or Skype. You will have the option of scheduling an update meeting during the first week of classes, if you indicate that you need a meeting “as soon as possible”, or during the first month of the term, if you indicate “no rush”.
You will receive an email from Co-operative Education, with a link to the eUpdate form. The eUpdate form will assist in updating Co-operative Education on your soon-to-be-completed work term. Your student advisor may also request an update meeting with you. If you are requested, or indicate your wish for an update meeting, you'll receive an email just prior to the end of the work term with the link to sign up for a meeting time.
Purpose of the update meeting
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