So it’s that time of the year again: high school students deciding on which offer to accept. Two years ago, I was in their shoes at that time. Needless to say, I chose the University of Waterloo for Computer Engineering. Over time, the decision to come to this university was proven to be a wise choice. You’ve probably heard a lot about Waterloo’s co-op reputation and how you can earn up to two years of real work experience and you get paid real salaries and stuff. But one thing they don’t really talk much about is the implications that it has on students. So this post will try to address that, and hopefully you will find this helpful!
As most of you know, I completed my 1B term in spring 2014, and currently on my second work term. I worked for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada my previous work term, and I decided to return to the same organization. I mainly do front end web development, but because this is a not-for-profit organization, I end up taking on multiple roles within the organization, allowing me to understand how the society functions as a whole. Recently, I was given the opportunity to participate in the co-op hiring process at the University of Waterloo for the Winter 2015 work term, and that was a great experience. Co-op students normally don’t know how things work on the employer end of the spectrum, which is exactly where this blog post is going: to explain how employers select applicants, and rank students (without breaching the confidentiality policy that my organization have in place).