Co-op for an International Student: Part III

When I first began my co-op journey, I didn’t expect to still be job hunting in May.

Let’s take a look at my errors

  • I overrated my achievements. Although I’m very proud of all my accomplishments in university, I’m still new and have very few job experiences in my choice of industry.
  • Over time, I slowly stopped visiting the Business Career Hub (BCH).
  • I was very picky with jobs – big companies, inside Toronto, had to sound fun.
  • The less I started hearing back from companies, the less I began applying to others.

Yes, I was a complete idiot, and I don’t know what I was thinking.

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I almost accepted a job offer from a company that didn’t fit with my values or expectations at all because I didn’t think I was going to get anything better.

I’m SO thankful I stopped by the BCH office to seek advice on this because my co-op coordinator swept in and saved my entire life. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit – but seriously.

*enters* Magic aka BCH

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  • My coordinator restored my confidence;
  • Reassured me that my resumé and cover letters were badass, and that most companies hadn’t begun hiring yet;
  • Provided me with past stories of students acquiring the best placements during the last month, and sometimes even the last week before the summer;
  • Spent an entire hour calming me down and making me look at the process with a new, fresh perspective.

I felt like this huge weight had been lifted and new energy kicked in. I am so grateful for him and the entire BCH team.


*Fast-forward 1 month*

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I just finished my 2nd week of Co-op at one of the nicest real estate companies as a communications intern.

Their HR team made the on-boarding process so much fun. The office tour was beautifully overwhelming, and the introductions to the CEO, president, and all the VPs, as well as everyone else in the company were very exciting. They made us feel like a very important part of the company. They have also offered to train us and provide us workshops and resources to succeed in our paths, even after our terms here.

Moving on to my boss – she is one of the nicest, funniest, most organized and hardworking person I have ever met. The way she trusted me from day 1 with new projects, marketing strategies and ideas empowered me like no other, and I am so grateful for the way she teaches and directs.

With all of this, I’d like to leave you with two pieces of advice:

  1. Trust the process.
  2. BCH is there to be your best friend through it all. Don’t let it become a one-way relationship.

Future business students, I hope you all choose to apply to the wonderful co-op program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and are able to benefit from it as much as all of us have so far. Good luck!

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