Your final work term is almost here and since this will be your last co-op experience, CPD wanted to provide you with some tips to make the most of your experience:
- Network, network, network – you should continuously be looking for networking opportunities. However, given this is your final work term, you want to be strategic in who you want to network with. If for example, you want to work in marketing when you graduate and you are not currently working in a marketing role, ask to meet for coffee with people in the marketing department where you’re working to learn more about their background and what they do in their role. Take this final opportunity to play your “co-op student” card and be introduced to different people within the organization.
- Continue to develop your transferable skills – do a skills inventory – evaluate the jobs that you want to be considered for when you graduate and determine what are the skills that you still need to acquire to be marketable for this role. Then assess your current skills and determine what the “gaps” are and is there an opportunity for you to develop these skills on your last work term? (Have a meeting with your manager to discuss these skills and see if they might align with projects that the manager has planned for you)
- Attend employer events – many employers will be reaching out to students through CPD and will be hosting on-site information sessions at the company’s locations in late July and early August (these will usually take place in the evening after work hours). Make every effort to attend these events as they will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet with employers before on-campus recruitment starts in the fall.
- Is your resume market ready? – send in your resume to an RM in late July/early August so that it will be ready for on-campus postings (note: some employers will start posting roles as early as the last week in August)
- Enjoy! This is your final work term – enjoy every minute!
Jennifer Dunk is the Manager, Employer Development at CPD and works with employer partners to develop job opportunities for students.
She is an avid wine enthusiast and has traveled to many wine regions around the world.