Virtual event series to celebrate co-op, experiential learning

Brock University will celebrate its ongoing commitment to co-op and work-integrated learning (WIL) with a month of virtual opportunities.

As part of Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month in March, organized by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada, members of the Brock community will be able to attend more than a dozen online sessions, including workshops on interview strategies and other topics, panels to connect with co-op employers, and networking events.

Julia Zhu, Brock’s Associate Director of Co-op Education in Co-op, Career and Experiential Education (CCEE), said the month highlights Brock’s commitment to deliver innovative co-op and work-integrated learning throughout the year to students in every Faculty.

“This year’s theme is #innovativeWIL, which was chosen to help students, partners, faculty and staff reflect on and share stories, events, best practices, tools and partner information as we continue to build capacity for experiential learning, including co-op and WIL opportunities at Brock,” she said. “In this particular year, we wish to recognize and celebrate how the co-op and WIL ecosystem of student learners, partners and the Brock community was able to quickly pivot and adapt to the changing environment by continuing to brainstorm and find creative ways to support quality experiential opportunities.”

Hosted by Brock’s CCEE team, the festivities will begin with a virtual On-Campus Jobs Fair Thursday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will allow Brock students to meet and network with representatives from a wide range of campus departments to explore summer job opportunities and part-time positions for the fall and winter of 2021-22.

Along with employer panels and information about how to find a job on campus, the event will also feature an information session hosted by the Brock University Volunteer Association and the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. The session will focus on how students can get involved in volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.

In addition to multiple online events, including cover letter workshops, CareerZone cafés and a first-year co-op transfer recruitment information session, Brock will join other post-secondary institutions in celebrating National Day of WIL on Wednesday, March 24. Across the country, CEWIL members and supporters will be encouraged to share their own stories and experiences of work-integrated learning using the #InnovativeWIL hashtag.

The hashtag can also be used throughout the month as participants engage with the CareerZone’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and CCEE’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

To learn more about Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month, and to view a full list of upcoming events, visit the CCEE website.

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