PD1: Career Fundamentals

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

Student testimonials

  • "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."

Course instructor

Jennifer Woodside

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Jennifer is the Director of the University of Waterloo's Centre for Career Action. As a member of the Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) leadership team, she oversees the management, continuous improvement, and innovative deployment of career development support for Waterloo students, alumni, and staff. 

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science and Master of Science from McMaster University, as well as certificates in Career Development (Conestoga College) and Solution-focused Brief Coaching (University of Toronto). Outside of her work at Waterloo, Jennifer sits on the Program Advisory Committee for Conestoga College's Career Development Practitioner program.

Contact information

You can reach the PD1 course team at pd1@uwaterloo.ca.