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Career Services and Co-operative Education

Career Services and Co-operative Education

 

For Students, Graduates and Co-op Students

Is the Career Services and Co-operative Education office open? How can I contact you? 

All of our Centennial campuses are closed due to the pandemic situation. However, you can reach our staff by phone or email Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  

For Career Services related questions, email careerservices@centennialcollege.ca or call 416-289-5233.

For Co-op related questions, email cooped@centennialcollege.ca or call 416-289-5209. 

Should I continue with my job search?   

Yes. Set realistic goals and be patient. Continue researching companies that are hiring. Update your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Network with potential employers virtually. Contact your Employment or Co-op Advisor if you have further questions. Visit the Career Resilience webpage to learn how to stay motivated in your job search during uncertain times.

Career-Related Questions

Are employers still hiring? How will COVID-19 affect my job prospects?     

Yes, while job recruitment may have slowed down for some industries, employers are still posting jobs and hiring. Refer to the Ontario list of Essential Workplaces for the most up to date priority sectors. Many companies are considering remote work and virtual onboarding.    

What is Career Services and Co-operative Education doing to assist students and graduates looking for employment during COVID-19?    

The Career Services and Co-operative Education department is offering students and graduates a full range of services virtually. Visit Hire.CentennialCollege.ca to access job postings, book phone/video appointments, and register for job search webinars and Career Chats. 

How do I demonstrate that I am willing to be flexible to employers during interviews and throughout the course of my job search and networking process in the midst of COVID-19? 

During the interview, give examples of your coping strategies. Talk about learning new technologies or skills, as well as volunteering/working from home. Also, demonstrate your organizational, time management and problem-solving skills.  

I’m graduating. What should I do? 

Research companies that are hiring. Don’t forget to check companies’ COVID-19 safety policies. Update your job search documents. If you are an international student, apply for your post-graduate work permit. Create a HireCentennial account to access jobs and resources, and book appointments with an Employment Advisor. 

How do I prepare myself effectively in the course of job search during times of uncertainty? 

Use more creative job search strategies, with a focus on virtual networking and using social media platforms. Stay positive, look after your personal wellness, and continue to connect with Career Services. 

How do I prepare for virtual interviews – what should I expect and how can I present myself effectively? 

Get familiar with your virtual interview technology. Dress professionally. Research the company. Review the job posting, and practice answering questions using examples that prove your relevant skills and experiences. After the interview send the employer a thank-you email. 

My employer has asked me to work from home. How do I effectively manage working from home? 

Do you have the proper tools and space to work virtually from home? Inquire with your employer about additional support and technology.  Check out resources and tips from CEWIL:  https://www.cewilcanada.ca/COVID-19_Resources.html 

What if I have more questions? 

Email us at careerservices@centennialcollege.ca or call 416-289-5233. 

Co-op-Related Questions

When does the summer 2020 semester start?  

The summer 2020 term is scheduled to begin Monday, May 25 and the Co-op work terms are scheduled to start at this time. However, the Co-op office may be able to negotiate earlier or later start dates for co-op work terms if needed, working on a case-by-case basis with students and employers. If you are currently seeking a summer 2020 co-op term, please continue to search for jobs on HireCentennial and continue to search for positions on your own as well.               

Will there be Co-op positions available for students in summer 2020?  

Yes.  We are planning for summer co-op terms. We have a designated Job Developer whose focus is sourcing new co-op positions for students, working with existing and new employer partners.  

What happens if I do not get a job for the summer term because of COVID-19?  Should I drop co-op or can I defer my work term to another semester?  

We are encouraging co-op students to remain in the co-op program, continue your job search, and submit applications until the end of the term. The Co-op office is still sourcing work terms and considering later start dates to allow students to participate in co-op. The period for starting the term may be extended which will give employers more time to post positions and make decisions. The labour market is changing regularly and many employers will be hiring as usual in the summer semester.  

We are reviewing requests to defer work term on a case-by-case basis and this is dependent on your model route. Please contact your Co-op Advisor first to discuss if a change in model route is an option for your program. If you are an international student, we will engage our International Department in any discussions around immigration implications.  

Is it safe to do a Co-op work-term in summer with the COVID-19 situation?  

We are planning for summer 2020 co-op work terms and most co-op work terms will be remote work. In situations where students are required to work on-site, employer are required to complete and submit a health and safety check list to the Co-op office.  

Will I still be able to get credit for this Co-op if I was asked to work from home or if my Co-op work term was shortened due to COVID-19?   

Yes. Co-op students will be granted credit for their summer 2020 work term as long as they complete the co-op work term and the required work term assignments. If your employer has notified you that they need to shorten the duration of your co-work term, or if they have notified you of a later start date, please follow-up with your Co-op Advisor.  

Will co-op interviews continue?  

Yes. Employers continue to reach out to the Co-op office to schedule virtual and phone interviews with employers.

I am an international student and I have not applied for my co-op work permit as yet.  

If you are an International student currently searching for a job for the summer 2020 term and do not have a co-op work permit yet, you must let your Co-op Advisor know and connect with your International Education Advisor.  

I want to defer my summer work term 1, are there any academic implications? Are there additional fees to pay to change my model route?  

We are reviewing requests to defer work terms on a case-by-case basis. Approval is dependent on your model route and co-op guidelines and policies. Please contact your Co-op Advisor first to discuss if a change in model route is an option for your program.  

If I am an International Student and want to defer my summer work term 1, are there any academic and immigration implications? Are there additional fees to pay to change my model route?  

We are reviewing on a case-by-case basis and this is dependent on your model route. Please contact your Co-op Advisor first to discuss if a change in model route is an option for your program. We will engage our International Department in any discussions around immigration implications.  

If I have concerns regarding my safety and wellbeing due to COVID-19 while I am on a work term and wish to end my work term early, what should I do? Will I still receive a credit for my work term?  

First, discuss this with your supervisor and then follow up with your Co-op Advisor immediately.  

If I already have a co-op job for the summer. Will the start date stay the same?  

If you’ve already confirmed your start date, please follow-up with your supervisor to make sure your start date will remain the same. If your supervisor has changed your start date you must follow up with your Co-op Advisor immediately.