Experience outside of the classroom pays off
Wondering what student life will look like outside of your academics virtual classroom? With most classes for Fall 2020 being offered online, your experience will be a unique one. Rest assured, there are many opportunities for you to have a meaningful Waterloo experience outside of your academics; whether you’re at Waterloo in-person or virtually. Trust us, it’s what we’re been doing at Waterloo from the beginning. The University began with a vision for experiential learning, which led to our award-winning co-op program, but it extends into much more!
With Waterloo Ready, you’ll learn more about what to expect from your experience as a Waterloo student.
Develop your experience with co-op and part-time jobs
Whether or not you're in a co-op program, there are opportunities for everyone to get hands-on experience. Throughout the next few weeks, we’ll share tips and resources to build your employability skills for co-op and more.
I'm in co-op, what should I expect?
There's no such thing as a typical work term. Every work term looks a little bit different, but planning ahead can help you stay on track and make the most of your experience. Don't worry - you'll have professional development training ahead of time through WatPD.
Each work term length is four months and often have similar milestones. There'll be a workplace orientation where you'll set goals and objectives for the term, a mid-term review, and a final performance evaluation. For more information about what to expect in your work term, visit the ‘your work term at a glance’ page on the co-operative education website.
I'm in co-op, what should I do now?
There are a few things you can do before you’ll start looking for your first co-op job
- Get to know WaterlooWorks and check that your information is correct
- Read through your roles and responsibilities as a co-op student
- Accept WaterlooWorks terms and conditions and set your intentions
- Take note of important dates and deadlines
- Take note of your co-op advisor
- Follow all steps for searching for jobs while off-campus
- Take note of supports, resources and employer events on campus
- Learn about job posting scams and how to protect yourself
- Get ready with the help of a career advisor, search your opportunities, and apply!
The co-operative education website has much more detail on each of these steps. Check out the ‘getting started’ page.
I'm in a regular program (not in co-op). What hands-on experience do I have access to?
If you are in a traditional program (i.e. non-co-op) and you would like to improve your career skills, you may be a candidate to participate in EDGE – the University of Waterloo’s experiential education certificate. This program provides the opportunity to build essential professional skills, explore career options that will assist marketing yourself to employers. You can register for EDGE by completing the online form.
I've never interviewed for a job before; how do I prepare?
Enhance your skills today! If you're looking for ways to get started now, consider exploring the skills most needed in business today and tomorrow. Our Mini-courses will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of website development, digital and video marketing, and problem analysis. You can also take a look through CareerHub, your online career resource.
Build your digital skills!
If you're looking for ways to get started on learning new skills and building your résumé, consider exploring the digital skills most needed in business today and tomorrow. In LEARN, you’ve been automatically enrolled in Digital Skills Fundamentals, optional mini-courses that will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of website development, digital and video marketing, and problem analysis. You can also take a look through CareerHub, your online career resource.
Virtual drop-in appointments for First-year students
Looking to get started on your cover letter and résumé, or work on your interview skills? Starting Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 31, all incoming first-year students can book same-day 15-minute virtual drop-in appointments with the Centre for Career Action (CCA). Meet with a student career leader for help with your job application documents and work search preparation, for co-op or other job opportunities. Virtual drop-ins are running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
We've already shared some information with you about maintaining a healthy work-life balance at UWaterloo. Need a refresher? Check out the news item from June 16.
Near the end of July, we'll introduce you to campus resources and support services through a LEARN module. Our Peer mentors will also share valuable resources and tips throughout the next few months.
Stay tuned! More information will be made available as the LEARN modules get finalized.
Each of you can shape your UWaterloo experience; step outside your comfort zone and get involved! We may not all be on campus, but there are so many opportunities to make the most of your UWaterloo life!
Our Waterloo Ready Peer mentors and events will also give you the opportunity to connect with upper- years students to get insight into student life at Waterloo. Hear about their own personal experiences and how Waterloo does fun.
Waterloo Ready is designed to give you the inside scoop and coach you through what getting involved looks like. In early August, LEARN modules will be available to guide you through building a community with your faculty peers and tips for getting involved when you start in the fall. We'll also share information about what you can expect at Orientation.
Still looking for more? The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) provides support for all aspects of campus life. Create the student experience you want! With over 250 clubs, unforgettable events, and student government positions, they've got you covered for everything outside the classroom.