Work term resources

Even when you're on a work term, we're here to support you! Check out the resources below to help you make the most of your work term experience.


Connect with your co-op advisor

Once you've secured a job, you'll be assigned a co-op advisor who can help answer your questions and direct you toward additional supports.

Not sure who your advisor is, or how to get in touch? Visit the link below! 

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Book an appointment with the Centre for Career Action

Even when on a work term, you can still book appointments with the Centre for Career Action's (CCA) team of career advisors to discuss anything related to your professional development, including: 

  • How to figure out and develop your own career pathway
  • How to reflect on your skills and how to apply and refine them within your workplace
  • How to make the most of your work term by setting goals and learning outcomes

Visit the CCA’s website to book an appointment, come in for a drop-in or attend a workshop or event. Appointments are available to all students and alumni, and they are scheduled through WaterlooWorksCCA services are available in-person, via phone, or Skype.

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Access online supports and resources through CareerHub

For 24/7 access to career resources, visit CareerHub! You’ll find tons of information on how to make the most of your work term through topics like: 

  • Canadian workplace culture
  • Succeeding at work outside Canada
  • How to identify and solve problems at work
  • Professional development resources
  • Success at work activities

For access to these and other resources, visit the “Success at Work” section of CareerHub.

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Take mandatory professional development courses through WatPD

WatPD is an online program that helps students enhance their professional skills while completing their work terms. With courses focused on topics like project management, intercultural skills and ethical decision making, WatPD helps students develop new strengths and test their skills in their co-op workplaces.

Taking WatPD courses is mandatory for all co-op students, but you can choose what topics you’d like to take based on your interests and where you want to grow your skills.

WatPD courses are operated through a combination of full-time staff oversight and fellow co-op students, you are welcome to contact WatPD with any questions or concerns via course email addresses or the feedback form on the WatPD website.

For more information about WatPD, visit their website!

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Connect with other students working in your area

If you're working in a new area, staying connected to other Waterloo students can help enrich your experience and make you feel at home. 

To meet other students in your area, check out Co-op Connection, a service created by Feds to help connect students in cities across Canada and the U.S. through social media groups and events.

For a full list of cities where Co-op Connection groups exist, visit the link below!

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Have a question about your responsibilities on a work term?

Visit our co-op roles and responsibilities page for more information on:

  • What you can expect from your work term, and what's expected of you
  • Signing employment agreements
  • Vacation days and overtime
  • Workplace safety and insurance
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Workplace strikes
  • What's needed to graduate with a co-op degree designation
  • And more! 

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