Seneca College's Co-Operative Education: A Three-Way Partnership for Assessing and Developing Students' Employability Skills (1998)

Ontario’s Seneca College uses its cooperative education programs to help students develop their employability skills.

Students combine academic courses with work terms that offer them the chance to do productive work, not merely observe passively. They are paid for the work they do, which is supervised and evaluated by their employers.

Seneca uses the Co-operative Educators of Ontario’s common curriculum, entitled Working to Learn, in its co-op programs.

In the first stage of the co-op process, students assess their personal characteristics, interests, values, and both generic and specific skills to develop a concrete concept of themselves as potential employees. After performing a self-assessment, students can measure their academic, personal management, teamwork and technical skills, and match them against the skills valued by employers.

These assessments lead into the more applied phases of career planning, including researching different careers and deciding upon one. After deciding on a career, students set goals for themselves as they map out their career paths.

Once students have determined their career objectives, they need to relate them to the task of choosing suitable co-op placements, based on what they want to achieve in those placements in terms of roles and responsibilities; the training their employer will provide; and the relationship between the expected outcomes of a given placement and their career objectives and learning goals.

After each work term, students are advised to reflect on their experiences to determine whether learning objectives were met, and what objectives they should set for the next work term.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Seneca College's Co-Operative Education: A Three-Way Partnership for Assessing and Developing Students' Employability Skills 1998. Web. 30 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/seneca_colleges_cooperative/seneca_colleges_cooperative.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1998). Seneca College's Co-Operative Education: A Three-Way Partnership for Assessing and Developing Students' Employability Skills. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/seneca_colleges_cooperative/seneca_colleges_cooperative.pdf
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