Co-op or regular in the Faculty of Health? Take our quiz!

Co-op or regular? Whatever you choose, get career-ready skills and experience.

Our co-op program provides great experience and skill development. And you can also find great opportunities to develop your skills and experience in our non-co-op (or regular) program.

Don't believe me? Here are two students' real résumés that prove it.

(Jump right to our quiz: How to choose — co-op or regular?)

Regular (non-co-op) program 

NOTE: Students in the regular system of study don't have access to the “Hire Waterloo Co-op” job board, but can access thousands of part-time, full-time, and summer job opportunities through our "Other Jobs” and “External Job” boards. They can also access 1-on-1 support and workshops through the Centre for Career Development.

More about Oumar


Career goal

Medical school


Fourth-year Kinesiology (regular)



  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Good judgement
  • Self-advocacy 


  • Hiking and backcountry
  • Intermural soccer
  • Weightlifting
  • Type racing (I can type about 150 words per minute)
  • Self-taught unicycling
  • Self-taught guitar
  • Dragonboat racing

Relevant work and volunteer experience

Student assistant — Westheights Medical Clinic and Pharmacy
Worked with medical clinic and pharmacy staff to chart, document, and organize patients' medical records in an online system.

Community tutor — House of Friendship 
Taught children of all ages from local low-income communities math and English.

Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant — University of Waterloo
Mentored and supervised first-year anatomy students to ensure they understood course material and were successful in the course.

Faculty of Health Student Ambassador — University of Waterloo 
Supported large-scale event days, prospective student tours, and email inquiries.

Peer Mentor — University of Waterloo 
Mentored upcoming first-year students during their transition from high school to university.

Orientation Leader — University of Waterloo 
Supported the planning of Orientation, led various activities, and participated in a well-attended student panel the week of the event.


Co-op program

All about Krista

Krista, a co-op and Kinesiology student

Career goal

Physiotherapist, chiropractor, or researcher


Third-year Kinesiology (co-op)



  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Leadership


  • Baking
  • Hiking

Relevant work and volunteer experience

Student kinesiologist — Compass Community Health 
Assisted physiotherapists and a diabetic kinesiologist with their clients, managed scheduling, gym supervisions, and exercise prescription of roughly 30 clients.

Visitors Centre Associate — University of Waterloo 
Gave tours to visitors and supported large-scale event days.

AHSUM Kinesiology Representative — University of Waterloo
Advocate for the undergraduate Kinesiology student body to ensure their voices and concerns are heard by the department.

CCCare Start-Fit Volunteer — University of Waterloo 
Guided participants through personalized exercise programs in small group settings.

Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant — University of Waterloo 
Mentored and supervised first-year anatomy students to ensure they understood course material and were successful in the course.



Both co-op and regular are great options that offer practical, hands-on experiences — they're just different.

  • In co-op, you have a competitive, structured job process built into your degree program.
  • In regular, you'll have more time to gain experience through part-time jobs, extracurriculars, clubs, and volunteering — but it's up to you to take initiative and make sure you get these experiences.

If I don't choose co-op, can I still get hands-on experience?

Sure can! Here are some examples from each of our programs.

More ways to get hands-on experience in our regular program

  • Check out the EDGE program, an experiential education certification available to all Waterloo students. 
  • Although students in our regular program don't have access to the WaterlooWorks co-op job board, WaterlooWorks has other job boards with thousands of opportunities that all students (co-op and regular) can access. Theses additional job boards contain full time, part time, and summer opportunities.
  • Students in regular can also access free appointments, drop-ins, and workshops through the Centre for Career Development to get help with things like career planning, interview prep, and job searches.


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