Co-op Seeking Students

Congratulations, you have now reached the "Seeking Phase" 

When you apply for co-op jobs, you'll compete for positions with other co-op students and will search and apply for postings just like a regular job, with the added support of the co-op office.

You are Here in Your CO-OP JOURNEY!

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HOW TO ACCESS TO CO-OP JOBS

NEW SEEKING STUDENTS

Are you just about to complete COOP 1101? Great! Ensure you have completed your preparatory requirements to get access to Co-op roles. Answer the questions below to determine if you have any requirements or steps you need to take to get access to jobs:

  • Did you submit your Student Agreement?
  • For intended students, have you fully declared your program?
  • Do you meet the minimum GPA set by your program's continuance requirement to continue on Co-op?
  • Have you received a grade of "C" or better in COOP 1101?
  • If you're an International student, have you submitted your valid work permit?

If you answer yes to all these questions, great! You will likely be released and given access to co-op jobs. Go to the 'What's Next' section below to see the tools and resources available to you as you do your job search.

If you have any outstanding requirements, you will not be able to seek and apply for co-op roles until you complete all your requirements. 

RETURNING STUDENTS

If you are returning as a seeking student, ensure you continue to meet the co-op requirements to access Co-op jobs. Answer the questions below to determine if you have any requirements or steps you need to take to get access to jobs:

  • Do you still meet the minimum GPA requirement needed to continue in the Co-op program?
  • Do you have enough time to complete the co-op work term requirements to graduate with a co-op option? 
  • If you're an International student, do you still have a valid Co-op Work Permit? If not, make sure to submit a valid Co-op Work Permit.
  • Have you completed the Seeking Survey? Log in to Career Connection and the survey should be the first thing you see if you have not completed it. 
    • The Seeking Survey is a tool that the Co-op office and Co-op instructors use to determine how many students are looking for jobs in any given term. This data also helps our Employer Relations team  ensure we have enough great  opportunities available for you! 

If you answer yes to all these questions, great! You will likely be released and given access to co-op jobs. Go to the 'What's Next' section below to see the tools and resources available to you as you do your job search.

If you have any outstanding requirements, you will not be able to seek and apply for co-op roles until you complete all your requirements. 

NON-SEEKING STUDENTS

There are many reasons you may not have access to co-op roles in Career Connection:

  • Already secured a position for the term: If you secure a role during the seeking term, your access to jobs will be turned off. If you wish to get access to jobs for the next seeking term, please let the co-op office know, and we can update your status and give you access to jobs.
  • Outstanding requirements: If you have not met the minimum GPA requirements for your program or have other outstanding requirements, you will not be given access until you complete or meet the necessary requirements. Review the questions above to determine which requirements you need to complete. Once you complete these requirements, you can reach out to the co-op office anytime to have your records reviewed and your seeking status updated.
  • Seeking Survey Response is "No" or " No Response": If you answer "No" or don't respond to the seeking survey even though you meet all the co-op requirements, you will not be granted access to jobs. At any time during the seeking term that you wish to change your answer and request access to jobs, you can contact the co-op office to update your status.

If none of these reasons apply to you, please reach out to the co-op office for assistance.


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Once you have access to Co-op jobs, you can now begin your Co-op work search. 

SEEK GUIDANCE

  • Seeking Instructors: Consider meeting with your seeking instructor to create a job search strategy and update your cover letter and resume. Seeking instructors change every seeking term. A notification is sent to students at the beginning of the seeking term to notify you on who your seeking instructor is for the term. You can also reach out to the co-op office to ask who your seeking instructor is. 

Reasons to Book an Appointment with Your Seeking Instructor:

  • Job seeking advice
  • Coaching on job search strategies
  • Weighing out job offers
  • Overcoming challenges in your job search
  • Identifying jobs to consider
  • Developing your applications and interview skills
  • Managing the application process

At this time, you can email your seeking instructor for an appointment or advice with your job search.

ATTENTION: Starting the Fall 2024 term, you will be able to book an appointment online via Career Connection. Watch the video now to learn how to book an appointment with your seeking instructor. (Please Note: Only students currently released to view co-op jobs will have access to the booking tool)

STAY INFORMED

  • Weekly Co-op Work Search Newsletter: Every week, you will receive a Co-op Work Search Newsletter from your Co-op Seeking Instructors where they highlight important updates and provide you with relevant tips, tools, and advice to help you with your job search journey. 
  • Weekly Job Blasts: You will also receive a weekly job blast of co-op jobs currently open in Career Connection that are relevant to your program. Ensure that you are subscribed to receiving emails from Career Connection to ensure you receive these regular job blasts.
  • Co-op Communications and Announcements: The Co-op office will also send regular updates about your co-op status, jobs or events to watch out and other important co-op information during your co-op seeking term. Keep an eye out also for career events, workshops, and panels that may be of interest to you. Events are posted in Career Connection and announced via email.

TOOLS & RESOURCES

  • Work Term Reports- contact the co-op office when you have an interview and we can send you reports from past students who have worked with the company you are interview with.
  • Mock Interviews- Did you know you can practice your interview skills on your own? Career Connection has a great mock interview module that allows you to record your answers to common interview questions. 
     

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SELF DIRECTED WORK TERM

  • Can I create my own work term?
    • Yes, you can create your own work term if you find an opportunity online or through your own connections.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. When to Notify the Co-op Office:
    • As you are applying to Co-op jobs out side of Career Connection, be sure to save the job description. 
    • If you receive an interview request, send the interview dates, job description and contact info of the employer to the co-op office. 
  2. Approval Process:
    • Send your opportunity details including the detailed job description and contact information of the company to the Co-op office at co-op@kpu.ca.
    • Allow 2-4 business days for review and notification of approval.
  3. Work Term Dates:
    • Your work term must align with an academic semester:
      • Fall: September - December
      • Spring: January - April
      • Summer: May - August

Required Information for Approval:

  • A copy of the job description, with the majority of duties aligned with your program of study.
  • Employer's name, contact details (phone, email, worksite address), and your direct supervisor's contact information.
  • Details about wages and terms. A minimum of 420 hours over 12-16 weeks is required.

Employer Requirements:

  • Agree to host a Co-op student.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to the student.
  • Allow a site visit from Co-op instructors around halfway through the semester.
  • Have WorkSafe BC coverage and hire you as an employee, not a contractor.

For further details or to submit your work term opportunity, contact the Co-op office at co-op@kpu.ca.