The Significant Benefits
- Provides work experience which is relevant to academic major and career goals.
- Helps to define career goals so that more realistic job choices can be made.
- Establishes valuable professional contacts and broadens job opportunities after graduation.
- Provides income to help with college expenses.
- Increases self-confidence; interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
- Enhances motivation and classroom participation by relating academics to the world of work.
- Cultivates a network of professional contacts that will prove helpful over the course of student's career.
- Provides potential to earn up to 10 college credits.
- Creates a student who can handle more difficult assignments (than non-Co-op students) and highly productive employees.
- Provides students sense of independence.
- Develops communications and critical-thinking skills.
- Fosters faster professional maturity.
- Provides career exploration and allows students to plan for the future.
- Provides opportunity to work for a diverse number of companies--from Fortune 500 corporations to small entrepreneurial firms.
- Introduces student to the concept and reality of lifelong learning and specific preparation for professional skills.
- Enables the student to confirm career objectives before graduation.
- Accessible year-around supply of well-trained and highly motivated student employees who want to work and learn.
- Opportunity to initiate projects not funded in the basic budget and to undertake short-term endeavors.
- Lends relief for an organization's more skilled permanently staffed professionals to perform other tasks and to act in supervisory roles.
- Cost-effective means of evaluating the potential of future employees without making a long-term hiring commitment.
- If a student employee is hired later in a permanent position, significantly less training time is needed.
- Consideration as co-educators with opportunity to exchange ideas and developments, including joint research.
- Enhances image of the organization as socially responsible.
- Receives feedback on quality and relevance of its academic programs and course content.
- Receives relevant information on current research and development in the employer/employee sectors.