During the first week of the work term, the Mentors and / or Supervisors will be approached by the student in an effort to determine the expectations for the work term. In other words, what does the student have to accomplish and / or demonstrate for the work term to be deemed successful. It is the hope of the Co-op Office that this conversation will also include a discussion around student expectations.
Since this will be the student's third, and in most cases, final work term, a successful work term might include receiving an offer for full-time permanent employment prior to graduation. So again, ensuring that the student knows what needs to be accomplished or demonstrated during the work term for a potential offer to be made is extremely important.
The student will record the results of this conversation as Step 1 of the Work Term III Expectations and Work Term Report.
A site visit from the Co-op Coordinator will be arranged between week 6 and 10 of the work term. All in-town visits are done in person, out-of-town discussions / evaluations are done by phone or Skype.
The site visit will consist of:
- A 30 minute meeting with the Co-op Coordinator, Mentor and / or Supervisor, and student. During this group portion of the meeting the student will provide the Co-op Coordinator with an overview of tasks that have been assigned to date. This will be followed by a review of the expectations that were recorded during Week I. If the employer or Co-op Coordinator idenfity any additional skills or learning that would benefit the student, the student will record those in Step 2 of the Work Term III Expectations and Work Term Report. The Mentor and / or Supervisor may also be asked to provide information regarding their employer's evaluation and hiring practices.
- A 25 - 30 minute one-on-one meeting with the student and Co-op Coordinator.
In month four of the work term, the student will arrange a meeting with the Mentor and / or Supervisor to discuss employability skills the student demonstrated during the work term. We are specifically interested in those that the Supervisor and / or Mentor would like to see in the Profile section of the resume of a potential new hire. This will help the student to prepare effective statements for the Profile section of any subsequent "Grad" resume.