The career development course helps students develop core career-seeking skills. Students who complete the career development course will refine their résumé writing and interview skills and align their career goals with their values, skills and interests. The course is rooted in the Centre for Career Action’s expertise in career development theory.
Students can complete the career development course in one of two ways:
- they can complete the version of PD1: Career Fundamentals designed for EDGE students;
- they can successfully complete an academic course that includes an equivalent amount of career development as part of its course content. Visit our page devoted to EDGE courses for a full list of courses that serve as equivalencies for the career development course.
If I completed PD1 as a co-op student before transferring out of a co-op program, can I count it towards completing EDGE?
You can receive an EDGE milestone for completing PD1 as a co-op student before transferring out of a co-op program. When you register for EDGE, your transcript will be reviewed by the EDGE team for this and other milestone eligibility opportunities.
For more information on this topic, visit our page devoted to EDGE milestone eligibility.
How are the co-op version of PD1 and the EDGE version of PD1 different?
The EDGE version of PD1 is designed for undergraduates in traditional (non-co-op) programs, so the portions of PD1 focused on the co-op process and WaterlooWorks have been removed. Some content and assessments have also been changed to meet the needs of students in traditional programs.
For more information about PD1 and its alternative versions, visit the PD1 course page on the WatPD website.
Do I need to opt into EDGE before taking the EDGE version of PD1?
The EDGE version of PD1 is open to students who haven’t yet enrolled in EDGE. All students in traditional programs are welcome to take the course and develop fundamental career skills, even if they’re not ready to opt into EDGE.