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1 Business and Economics Co-op First-Year Information Session

2 CO-OP AT LAURIER  Gain hands-on experience to complement academic studies  Personal attention by co-ordinators both during job search and work terms  Students complete two full years of academic study prior to the first work term

3 Co-op Work Term Sequence TermFall (Sept-Dec)Winter (Jan-April)Spring (May-Aug) Year 11A Academic1B AcademicSummer Vacation Year 22A Academic2B AcademicWork Term #1 Year 33A AcademicWork Term #23B Academic Year 4Work Term #34A Academic4B Academic Sequence #1 – option for an 8-month work term

4 Co-op Work Term Sequence TermFall (Sept – Dec) Winter (Jan– April) Spring (May- Aug) Year 11A Academic1B AcademicSummer Vacation Year 22A Academic2B Academic3A Academic Year 3Work Term #13B AcademicWork Term #2 Year 44A AcademicWork Term #34B Academic Sequence #2

5 Co-op Work Term Sequence TermFall (Sept – Dec) Winter (Jan– April) Spring (May- Aug) Year 11A Academic1B AcademicSummer Vacation Year 22A Academic2B Academic3A Academic Year 3Work Term #1Work Term #23B Academic Year 44A AcademicWork Term #34B Academic Variation of Sequence #2 Option for an 8-month work term This sequence is suitable for students looking to work for a CA firm

6 JOB SEARCH PROCESS  Job descriptions posted through Co-op online system  Students apply to positions that interest them  Employers review resumes  Employers decide who they would like to interview  During on campus recruiting, job offers are managed through the rank/match process  Students are also expected to conduct a personal job search to complement the job posting process

7 BENEFITS  Investigate and define career choices  Apply theory from class in a “real world” environment  Assess and develop work related skills  Acquire job search skills  Develop industry contacts  Obtain one full year of work experience  Help finance your education

8 First Work Term May - August Second Work Term January - April Third Work Term September - December Industry / Commerce $637$730$778 Government$589$629$697 Financial Institutions (excluding Investment Banking) $693$782$812 Chartered Accounting $740$786$811 Weekly Salary Survey

9 REALITIES  Financial commitment  Economy  No guarantee of employment (employment process may be lengthy, particularly for May work term)  Relocation is often required during work terms  Limited business/non-business electives available during spring academic terms  Extracurricular activities and vacation time are restricted  Graduate later  On work term during grad recruitment  Increased workload

10 CO-OP ACTIVITIES October  Information session  Resume workshop  MyLearningSpace materials November  Job search workshop  Resumes due  CA interview skills  CA mock interviews  CA job postings December/January  CA interviews  Interview skills workshop  Mock interviews December/January  Non-CA job postings  Rank/match sessions February  Non-CA interviews  Continuous employment period postings March  Work term preparation workshop  Job postings and interviews continue April/May/June  Personal job search  Job postings and interviews continue

11 Functional Areas May to August

12 Employment Locations

13 SAMPLE JOB TITLES  Investment Research Asst. – GluskinSheff + Associates  Junior Staff Accountant – KPMG  Business Analyst – Hewlett-Packard  Assistant Marketing Manager– PepsiCo Beverages Canada  Analyst – RBC Capital Markets  Sales & Marketing Coordinator – Samsung Canada  Marketing Communications – Microsoft  Product Specialist - Desire2Learn  Brand and Product Manager - Kik Interactive Inc.

14 APPLICATION PROCESS  On-line application available in March  Application Deadline – September 21, 2015  Step 1 - Overall first-year GPA cutoff established in July (last year was 8.5; expect it to be higher this year)  Step 2 - Individual interviews Sept.-early Oct. (begin the first week of September)  Step 3 - Co-ordinators meet to select successful applicants  Decisions posted by on October 3  No waiting list  One entry point; may not apply again later

15 MARKS FOR APPLICANTS  Average GPA of group admitted is typically much higher than GPA cut-off to receive an interview  We will not consider other courses you complete after winter term unless: o they are required for progression to second year o you completed fewer than the equivalent of 5 full credits  Students who have to repeat courses or take additional courses to achieve minimum GPA may be evaluated lower than those who meet GPA by April  Students who take 5 courses in winter may be evaluated higher than those who take 4 courses

16 THE INTERVIEW  15-minute formal interview conducted by two co-op co-ordinators  Read introductory statement beforehand  We assess: o Work experience from beginning of grade 11 to end of summer before second year o Volunteer service and extracurricular activities from grade 11 to end of Orientation week before second year o Marks o Interview performance  We give equal weight to each category

17 THE INTERVIEW  We assess what candidates communicate in the interview, not items listed on the resume.  We don’t consider activities you’re going to do (only what you’ve done up until the end of O-week.)  You will be asked about your work term sequence preferences. Students are assigned a sequence. (We try but can’t guarantee student preference.)  Most students choose Laurier in part because of co- op; we are not able to consider this as reason to admit students.  No references; we are unable to accept any references as part of the application process.

18 THE INTERVIEW  Student’s responsibility to present their background and skills within the timeframe of 15 minutes  Opportunity at end of interview to provide information not discussed in response to interview questions  STAR system used to evaluate responses  Learn how to be successful in an interview; research and attend a workshop through the Career Development Centre

19 STAR SITUATION – provide a good framework, why it was a challenging situation TASK – the problem / task at hand that needs to be solved ACTION – the steps YOU took in detail RESULT! – the end result; was it successful? Make sure you answer has a beginning, a middle and an end The STAR Method

20 STATISTICS  Competitive selection process  Enrolment in co-op is limited o last year more than 700 students applied o we extended offers to 380 students in 2014

21 THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

22 QUESTIONS?  Rather than seeking information from other sources, get accurate and up-to-date information from the Co- op Office at ext or visit our website at


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