The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
Some of our current co-op students share their experiences with the co-op program.
Amid a global pandemic – and a paused sports industry – Katie, a Recreation and Sport Business student, used networking skills to land a unique work-integrated learning experience.
“Personal networking is really important. I’ve always found that reaching out to people on LinkedIn, doing those coffee chats, is honestly the reason I am where I am today.”
Jonathan, a third-year Therapeutic Recreation student, faced the challenge of creating opportunities for social activities for seniors with dementia at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It takes building rapport with the patients that you’re working with, and that way they trust you.”
Jon, a Recreation and Sport Business co-op student, spent his second work term with the Ontario Volleyball Association developing marketing, communications, operations, and event planning skills. (YouTube video)
His third work term experience was with Rogers Communications. His role as Sports Account Administrator included responsibilities such as supporting the partnership managers at large, as well as leading smaller projects attached to various partnerships including a few NHL teams, the Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Cup Tennis among others.
“Be a Swiss army knife in your job and role. Highlight things others won't be doing on your résumé to differentiate yourself.”
Haley, a Therapeutic Recreation student, completed a powerful work term at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). She worked as a support line listener and took up flexible four-hour shifts to assist on a 24-hour support line.
“Communication, listening, interpersonal skills are all at the forefront of this position and they’re going to help carry me through my next co-op term and my career.”