PD1: Career Fundamentals

PD1: Career Fundamentals gives students the tools they need to find their first co-op job and succeed in the workplace. The course develops core career skills and helps students understand the processes that govern Waterloo’s co-op program.

What do PD1 students do?

  • Develop their résumés through feedback and in-person critiques before applying for co-op jobs
  • Refine their interview skills during the application process by signing up for mock interviews and practicing responses through course assessments
  • Complete a series of exercises meant to familiarize students with the Waterloo co-op process
  • Reflect on their existing skills and articulate those skills to potential employers

How are PD1 students graded?

PD1 students complete a series of exercises and assignments in addition to submitting their résumé. To pass the course, students need to earn a grade of 75% or higher on their résumé and an average grade of 75% or higher on their non-résumé assessments.

If you have a question about grading in PD1, contact the course team using the information in the sidebar.


PD1’s instructor is Jennifer Woodside, director of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Career Action.


PD1 is offered every term.

Enrolment information

PD1 is the first compulsory PD course taken by students in Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics, and Science. Students are enrolled automatically and complete the course during the academic term preceding their first work term.

Students in Applied Health Sciences, Arts, and Environment complete PD12 next. Students in Mathematics and Science complete PD11 next.

Contact information

Course team: pd1@uwaterloo.ca

ISC: Evana Delay edelay@uwaterloo.ca