PD1: Career Fundamentals gives students the tools they need to find their first job, develop core career skills, and succeed in the workplace. The version of the course taken by co-op students introduces them to the processes and technology underpinning the University's co-op program.
What do PD1 students do?
- Receive personalized feedback on their résumé
- Develop and receive feedback on a cover letter tailored to a specific job
- Plan and practice answers to different styles of interview questions
- Learn to navigate and apply to jobs using WaterlooWorks
- "The course was well structured and went very in-depth into what students should expect in a job setting. It prepared me very well for how to act and how to speak when in an office."
- "I found the résumé assignment was most helpful. I did not realize before the course how much my résumé was lacking... The résumé feedback was most helpful, and I feel much more confident with my current résumé than ever before."
Students need to earn a grade of 60% to pass PD1.
If you have a question about grading in PD1, contact the course team using the information in the sidebar.
There's more than one version of PD1. Students in undergraduate co-op, specialized, and certificate programs complete slightly different versions of the course. If you want to learn more about these alternative versions of PD1, consult the table below:
|Course code||Students affected||Enrolment details||Key differences|
|PD1 EDGE||Students completing the EDGE certificate program||EDGE students can complete their Career Development Course milestone by taking PD1 EDGE or an academic course listed as an equivalency. They can take the course at any point during their undergraduate career.||PD1 EDGE 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.|
|PDARCH 2||2A Architecture students||This is the second of five PD courses taken by Architecture students. It's the first of two courses they take that's administered by WatPD. Students take PDARCH2 during the academic term prior to their first work term.||There are some minor differences between select quizzes in PDARCH 2 and PD1.|
|PDPHRM 1||2A Pharmacy students||This is the first of four PD courses taken by Pharmacy students. It's the only course they take that's administered by WatPD.||Assessment deadlines during the first half of PDPHRM 1 are scheduled one week earlier than comparable deadlines in PD1. The courses use the same assessment deadlines during the second half of the course. There are also some minor differences between select quizzes in PDPHRM 1 and PD1.|