Want to build your resume and get paid while you complete your degree? You can. Business Co-op is an optional program that gives you the opportunity to work with employers in all sectors - private, public to NGO. You can be working in a small private company or large government organization, getting an accounting designation or making a splash in marketing. Perhaps your path includes obtaining your CHRP, CPA or MBA. It could be that securities, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions are your calling. Co-op students compete for real job offers and work full time for 4 or 8 months at a time. Your professional life begins here.
What do you get?
As a co-op student, you gain access to as much support as you need from your Co-op Coordinators. They are here to help guide and support you throughout the rest of your degree. The Co-op application fee and practicum tuition begin to provide partial funding for the education that you receive in the Program, including the below and more. Together, these fees do not cover the costs of providing co-operative education - SFU subsidizes much of the cost.
One-on-one advice. The more you meet with your Co-op Coordinator, the more they can work with you to ensure that you are getting the full benefit of the Co-op program. With one in five SFU students participating in Co-op, it is important that you take the initiative to set up regular check-ins with your Coordinator.
Mock interviews. Over the course of your Co-op degree, you will probably experience a few dozen interviews at least, if you are meeting our expectations, in terms of applying to a multitude of job opportunities. Your Co-op Coordinators and Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one at your convenience to practice interviewing for these positions. Your Coordinator will often have insights into a particular workplace that can help you in your interview.
Workshops (Resume, Cover Letter, Interview, & optional Self-Directed Work Search). Your Co-op team is constantly working with students to perfect their application skills, and are in contact with employers who provide feedback on the applications they are seeing. Your Coordinators are resume, cover letter and interview experts, and they are constantly working with co-op students – through workshops and one-on-one meetings – to increase their chances of landing co-op positions.
Site visits. Co-op staff visit students mid-way through their work terms to ensure that 1) their work term objectives are being met and 2) to hear about their successes and challenges on the job. Your first professional position can be both exciting and stressful; your Coordinator is there to help you navigate that experience with relative ease by answering any questions you may have or responding to any concerns.