About CO-OP Programs
Want to get hands-on, real life work experience while still in a Canadian school? Co-op is the way to go!
One of the many great things about attending a Canadian college or university as an international student is that no matter where you come from, you are eligible to work part-time during your studies. But beyond the most obvious upside of such positions to” earn while you learn” are many more benefits, and unique opportunities especially when it comes to taking part in co-operative education, or “co-op” programs.
What are Co-op programs?
Co-op programs are a form of education that allows you to apply concepts learned in class during paid work terms. It links classroom learning with paid or unpaid employment experiences. Work placements are related specifically to the academic studies of each student. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You’ll apply theory to practice and develop a meaningful view of the working world.
Types of co-op jobs
There are a co-op programs for different field of studies. For example, information technology, culinary, business administration and so much more.
Where you work is up to you! Canadian college and university co-op students generally work for a wide range of employers, from federal and provincial governments, to private companies and non-profit organizations.
Network! Co-op placements are a great way to build up your network of contacts – not just of potential future employers, but also future references.
Benefits of Co-op Programs
Co-op placements give students a jump-start on their careers by giving them valuable, on-the- job work experience while they are completing their academic studies.
As a student you will:
- Gain valuable paid work experience in your field of study
- Develop professional skills and gain a better understanding of the workplace
- Discover what career fits you through different job opportunities
- Meet key people in the job market who will facilitate your placement after graduation
- Travel and meet interesting people
Other benefits include the following:
- Students largely fund the cost of their education and depend less on loans, grants, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance when placed in paid employment.
- Students are employed for up to 12 months while completing their diploma / degree and earn in the range of CA$10-24 an hour for many programs.
- There are literally hundreds of Co-Op programs available with many Canadian educational institutions.
Research has shown that students who complete co-op programs enjoy several advantages in graduate employment. Among these advantages are higher initial employment rates and higher starting salaries.
Become a Co-op Student today! Apply now!