Jobs are not guaranteed — you will be competing against other students to secure employment opportunities through the recruitment and selection process. Your success is based on many factors, including how active you are in the job search process; the number of positions to which you apply; how well your cover letter and resumé sell your experience and skills; your interview performance; your past experience, either paid or unpaid; your grades; and, most of all, a positive attitude and realistic expectations.
Pay varies by program and generally increases with experience. The amount you are paid while on a work term is determined by the employer.
For a copy of our salary surveys (Accounting specific and all co-op programs please click here.
We strive to secure paid employment for our students; however, some special programs and industries may not offer remuneration because of the nature of their business (examples include dramatic arts, psychology, and political science). While unpaid, the experience and contacts afforded by these positions are critical to your success in these industries.
We want to ensure our students have a solid academic background and can contribute in a meaningful way to their employer, so most of our students begin their first work term after they have completed their second year of study. Work terms start in September, January or May and normally follow a pre-determined work/study sequence published in the University Calendar.
Here is a sample Co-op Program Schedule:
(please note: the sequencing will vary by program)
|Year 1||Academic Term||Academic Term||Off|
|Year 2||Academic Term||Academic Term||Off|
|Year 3||Work Term 1||Academic Term||Work Term 2|
|Year 4||Academic Term||Work Term 3||Academic Term|
|Year 5||Academic Term|
The job search process typically begins four months prior to your scheduled work term. The time required in job search depends on the number of jobs you apply to, whether you are willing to relocate for a work term, and when you decide to apply. Co-op work terms begin in September, January and May, and positions are posted with companies across Canada. Many employers begin posting jobs four months in advance of the job start date.
Yes. You are encouraged to conduct an independent job search, although most students rely on the Co-op Programs Office. All opportunities secured independently must be approved by the Co-op Education Office to ensure the position meets Co-op Education standards.
You must be flexible and willing to accept work terms throughout Ontario and Canada. Depending on the industry, jobs may be more plentiful in certain cities/geographic areas; by limiting your job search to a specific area, you may be limiting your options. Finding housing and paying for moving expenses are your responsibility. The federal government does allow for certain costs related to relocation to be claimed. Please click here to see T1-M Claim Form for Moving Expenses from Revenue Canada.
No. You are not required to stay with the same employer unless you committed to. Accounting students may be an exception due to the hiring practice the CPA employers follow – please refer to Co-op Student Terms and Conditions for details. Statistics show that a recurring work assignment increases the chances of being hired full-time when you graduate.
Your co-op work-term credits apply strictly to the requirements for obtaining a co-op certification on your degree; they do not replace academic credits required for non-co-op programs.
Some students are able to manage a co-op work term and university courses. If you are interested, talk to your Faculty academic adviser regarding course availability and the impact this will have on your work term/academic sequence. It’s also important that you consider the additional time required for a course (average 15 hours per week) when working full-time.
Undergraduate co-op students will earn an Honours Bachelor’s degree of your program with the Co-op distinction. Graduate co-op students will earn a Master degree of your program with the Co-op distinction.
Co-op at Brock typically extends your degree program by four months but with at least a year of career experience, you are still ahead of the traditional student professionally.
The fee covers the cost of administrative and operational services. It is not a placement fee and is in no way tied to securing you a co-op job.
Co-op programs do not typically follow a traditional two-term schedule and often operate year-round. This continual cycle impacts many of the campus resources, such as facilities, teaching resources, staff resources, as well as promotions/marketing and travel associated with securing employment opportunities for you. The Ontario government does not provide additional funding for co-operative education programs to post-secondary institutions, so this fee helps cover the costs associated with operating a Co-op Education program.
Please click here for the Co-op fee structure.