On behalf of the entire Kinesiology Co-op Team, congratulations on your acceptance to the program. We have assembled a number of resources that we believe will help you before, during, and after your work-terms.
Are you prepared for planning and conducting an effective job search? If not, now is the time to start!
An effective job search involves more then scanning newspapers ads or posted jobs on company web sites; it involves you being aware of what you offer an employer: your strengths, skills, abilities, interests and values. It involves understanding the labour market: researching work sectors and potential employers, identifying what they are looking for and matching your skills sets to theirs. It also involves having a concrete plan of action: map out what you need to do, set specific goals that you want to reach, and set up a tracking system to keep you on top of things and keep you organized.
The key to an effective job search includes the following:
Know yourself - Begin with a Self-Assessment
You are going to be selling yourself to prospective employers. In this respect you have to know yourself: your skills, abilities, values, and interests, before you can convince an employer that you are the ideal candidate.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What skills and abilities do I have to offer? What experiences can I draw from to demonstrate these skills and abilities?
- What do I value most in a career or job? (i.e. job security, financial rewards, working as part of a team, geographic location)
- What sets me apart from other applicants?
- What are my major accomplishments. (Don’t be modest!)
After you have completed your self-assessment and you have a clear understanding what you offer, the next step is to research specific employers that match your identified skills, abilities, interest and values. To research employers use as many resources as possible (i.e. Web searches, UBC Career Centre, Professional Associations).
Plan Your Job Search
The next step is to plan your job search. Try setting a target date for getting a job and then decide how much time you can devote to your search. While you are in school full-time, your time will be limited, however, you should put as much time as you can into your job search. Get organized by setting time aside each week (minimum 8 hours) to work on your search. By having a target date you can use a weekly planner and work backward from your target date.
Update your resume and application letters that highlight your skills, abilities, interests and values that reflect the qualifications your target employers are looking for.
Conduct an "ACTIVE" Job Search
In an "active" job search you seek out openings before they are advertised. The majority of job openings (as high as 80%) are filled before they reach the advertising stage. An active job search involves meeting as many people as you can and targeting specific people that can help you find a job. Be proactive and make as many contacts as you can during your search.
Develop a Network:
- Contact all the people you know and let them know you are looking for a job. Be specific about what you are looking for and your qualifications. (i.e. family, friends, professors, classmates)
- Contact people within your profession or field of interest. These people will offer an insiders view and can provide leads to new contacts * Attend professional association meetings or events. Get involved!
- Contact specific employers directly
Another method of conducting a job search is responding to advertisements either through the newspaper or web sites. This method is not the most effective but should also be included in your job search plan. When responding to advertisements ensure your resume and cover letter directly address the skills and qualifications the employer is asking for. Highlight what you offer the employer, not what you want from the employer.
Maintain A Job Search Record and Follow-up
No matter what job search method you use, it is critical that you maintain a record of all of your job search activities: people contacted, jobs you have applied for, referrals, and follow up actions.
Also, during your job search, ensure you follow up with thank-you letters and/or phone calls. It is critical that you stay in contact with the people you meet and nurture the relationship. You never know who will be able to help you or when you will be in a position to return the favour!
Be Persistent And Positive
Conducting a job search is hard work and there will be times when you will get discouraged. Be determined and optimistic. Your attitude will decide how successful your job search will be!
You are likely to hear many people tell you "no," however it is that one "yes" that you are looking for. The one "yes" takes time and a lot of effort on your part. Take charge of your own job search and reap the rewards.
At the start of your Co-op career, you will complete Pre-Employment Training Workshops designed to prepare you for your professional careers.
All modules for each workshop must be completed online before attending the In-Person Component. Contact the Co-op Office at (604) 827-1716 or by email at email@example.com if you have any problems registering for your In-Person Workshop times.
In-Person Workshop #1 is typically held in the last week of October, In-Person Workshop #2 is typically held in mid-November, and In-Person Workshop #3 is held in late January.
Don't forget to register for your preferred time for each workshop. Space for each workshop is limited.
Employer Forum (Mandatory)
Representatives of a number of Co-op employers representing a variety of industries will give brief presentations about how Co-op fits in their organization, what they look for in a Co-op Student and provide general advice. There will be an opportunity for questions.
The Employer Forum has always been a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about Co-op term experiences and to get more information on the application process and preparation for the first work terms.
This forum is held in Term 2.
Through Symplicity you can access job postings, apply for positions, submit work term forms, and register for co-op career development events.
The following is the ranking process from interview to the end:
- Employers who posted jobs and interviewed students will submit a list of preferred students to the Co-op office (ie. rankings).
- If you attend more than one interview within a week or two, you are advised to send an email of your rankings to the Co-op Coordinator in the event you are ranked first by more than one employer. The ranking email lists all jobs you interviewed for in order of your preference regarding the jobs.
- If you are unwilling to accept ("rank") a certain job, contact the Co-op Coordinator immediately after the interview.
- Please wait for an email from the Co-op Coordinator to inform you of the results of the employer ranking. Due to employer’s schedules and the number of universities participating, the results for some jobs may not be finalized for a few weeks.
- The Co-op Coordinator will accept a job offer on your behalf, based on your ranking list and the employer’s ranking list.
- You will receive email or phone confirmation of a job offer and have 24 hours to confirm your acceptance.
- The Co-op Coordinator will make every effort to allow you to learn the rankings from all employers you interviewed with before you are required to accept a job offer, however, many employers provide a 24-48 hour window in which a student must accept or reject a job offer and you therefore may be required to make a decision before all rankings are in.
- Once you accept a job offer, you will no longer be permitted to apply to other jobs. Please let the Co-op Coordinator know of any other interviews you have so that they can make arrangements for them to be cancelled.
- If you receive a job offer through your independent job search please inform the Co-op Coordinator as soon as possible.
- Once you have verbally accepted a position, via a phone call or email to the Co-op Coordinator, the employer will send an offer letter to the Co-op Office. This letter will be forwarded to you. NOTE: If you receive an offer directly from an employer, you must consult with the Co-op Coordinator before making a decision.
The student handbook is essential to your involvement in the Kinesiology Co-op Program because it provides you with much of the necessary information you need to be successful and to meet the program requirements.
In addition, the Co-op Coordinator will refer you to this handbook frequently over the course of the co-op pre-employment training. Every year, the Co-op Office releases a new edition of the student handbook, so please make sure that you have the latest edition of the handbook before the start of your co-op workshops.
The student handbook answers important questions such as:
What is the co-op program?
How do I write effective resumes and cover letters?
What are my rights in the work place?
In addition, the handbook also contains important information such as:
- Interview skills
- Job searching skills
- And more...
Download the: KIN Co-op Student Handbook
A $1,000 award is offered by alumna Sara Hodson, Founder & President of Live Well Exercise Clinic and a leader in advocating for physician prescribed exercise by designing supervised clinical exercise programs that specialize in prevention, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, for a student in the School of Kinesiology’s Co-op Program. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in all aspects of the co-op student’s performance, including:
- academic achievement,
- job achievement,
- employer evaluation,
- personal statement,
- contribution to co-operative education, and
- contribution to extra-curricular activities.
The award will be given by the Kinesiology Co-op Coordinator, through adjudication with the Kinesiology Co-op Student Award Advisory Committee composed of employer, faculty, KIN co-op alumni and co-op staff representatives.
In addition to the $1000 award, the Sara Hodson Student of the Year award recipient may be nominated for the CAFCE (Canadian Association for Cooperative Education) and/or ACE (Association of Cooperative Education, BC & Yukon) Student of the Year awards, which are national and provincial competitions.
Application Details & Selection Criteria
Applications are accepted each year in the month of November, pending funding. Eligible students will receive an email near the start of the application period.
Do you want to have a voice within the Kinesiology Co-op program? Do you want to help improve the program and get involved? Join K-CSAC, the Kinesiology Co-op Student Advisory Council.
Please review the K-CSAC Definition and Objectives to see what the council is involved in and email the Co-op Coordinator to get involved. All students are welcome to join at anytime while enrolled in the Program.
You do not need to be a member of the Advisory Council to be kept up-to-date. Meeting minutes will be posted online for you to review discussion items, proposals, Co-op changes, and more. Please stay tuned!
If you have any questions or concerns you would like brought up at the upcoming K-CSAC meeting, please contact the Co-op Coordinator.
Download the K-CSAC Definitions & Objectives here
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. See the sidebar for ways to get in touch.