When starting a new job it's important to remember that the people you work for will be your references for future co-ops and full-time employment later on. Treat co-workers and people at every level in the office with the same courtesy and respect that you yourself would like to be treated.
Furthermore, as an ambassador for SFU at the workplace, you aren't operating as a "free agent" but rather, your behaviour and attitude on the job will affect the reputation of SFU Co-op and may impact on opportunities for future co-op students.
Students and their employer/supervisor are contacted by a Coordinator during the work term. If you are working outside the Lower Mainland, your site visit may be conducted over the phone instead of in person.
The purpose of the visit is to:
- Assess the student's performance
- Ensure that both student and employer expectations are being met
- Address any issues and concerns raised by the student and/or employer
- Discuss the student's learning objectives and work term report
If students have any questions or comments before their site visit, they are encouraged to contact a Science Co-op Coordinator.
As part of your co-op practicum course requirements, for each four month work term, you are required to submit a work report and self-evaluation, and your supervisor will complete an online evaluation of your performance. These documents will form the basis of a pass or fail grade for the co-op practicum course.
Please view the Work Report Guidelines for more information. Your work report/project may be viewed by others. Please advise your Co-op Coordinator if you have any concerns. Remember we are only a phone call/e-mail away.
Review the sample Supervisor Evaluation form to see what skills and qualities your supervisor will be asked to evaluate you on.
** Please visit the Forms page for all work term related documents and guidelines. **
Making the Most of Your Work Term
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What to Do Your First Week on the Job
It's OK to feel anxious and overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a new Co-op term. Previous students who have been there and survived it have advice on having a great first week.