Employers and companies will continue to post Summer 2017 co-op jobs through the months of March, April and even May.  Wait – isn’t May too late?  NO . . . as long as the position starts by the second week of June, it can still meet the requirement of being a minimum of 12 weeks in length (i.e., three months).

(Internship positions – e.g., 8-, 12- and 16-month terms – will be posted throughout the spring and summer months.  Most positions will have September start dates; however, an internship can also begin in June, July or August.)

Why do some managers wait until the spring to post their summer jobs?  Because of budget reasons.  Many companies have budget cycles that run from April to March, or July to June (even October to September).  Many managers will not post their co-op openings UNTIL their budgets are confirmed – usually during the spring months.

OSCARplus: Starting on Monday, February 27, click on the BLUE “Search Postings” button in the middle of the Dashboard (the main page).  Click on the “Engineering Job Postings” link in the splashbox.  DO NOT INCLUDE ANY SEARCH CRITERIA.  The postings in this module have already been screened by the University to match your level and degree program.  (Translation: If you can see it, you are eligible to apply . . .).

You can also search for “Summer Employment” postings under the “Student Success Centre Job Postings” module – as well as applying directly via company/employer websites and online job boards.  READ MORE ON THE ECCS blog at https://eccscoop.wordpress.com/job-search-timelines/.

Questions or concerns about your job search?  Please book an appointment with one of the ECCS Career Counsellors.  In OSCARplus, click on the “Appointments” module on the left navigation bar, and then select the “Engineering” option.


Posted in Co-op Job Search Tips, Co-op News


Have you been applying to jobs (summer/co-op/entry-level) recently?  That’s great!  But it’s only “half of the battle” . . . you also want to begin you interview prep.  Check out these great resources:

Phone interview advice

Opportunity calling: How to ace a telephone interview
Phone Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts for Job-Seekers

Video (Skype) interview advice
Video Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interview follow-up (e.g., thank-you notes)
14 things you should do after a job interview


Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op Job Search Tips

Co-op Summer Housing @ Ryerson U.

SUMMER 2017: Are you looking for housing in/around Toronto? If so, consider contacting Ryerson University – more details about their housing options are available at http://www.ryerson.ca/housing/summer-housing/coop/.

(BONUS: If you apply before April 1, 2017, the summer monthly rental fee is lowered!)

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MAY 6 Deadline: Start a summer company: students

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get:

  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

More details are available from this link.


Posted in Co-op Job Search Tips

SUMMER JOBS at McMaster University

Interested in working at the university during the summer months? If so, consider applying for the “Work/Study” positions via your MOSAIC account – beginning MARCH 1.  (NOTE: Work-study/Summer Work Program jobs are no longer posted in OSCARplus.)  Select “Career Opportunities” from your Mosaic homepage, and then seclect “Work/Study”.

WAIT! Before searching for through the Work/Study job postings in Mosaic, you will need to find out if you are eligible for the work-study program.  (Many McMaster departments and professors need to hire students for summer jobs – but because they do not have enough money in their budgets to pay the student’s full salary, they rely on monies from the government’s work-study program.  Therefore, the student also has to be eligible for the work-study program.)

WHERE DO I APPLY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUMMER WORK PROGRAM? Beginning March 1, apply online via the Mosaic Student Center.  For some students, the application is completely online.  For other students, they may need to print a paper application, submit it to the Financial Aid office, and then a decision will be made.  Even if you have to do the latter, we strongly suggest that you submit the paper application.  If you are eligible, this will allow you to apply to many more summer job positions.  (If you are registered in the co-op program, include that detail in your application.)


WHAT TYPE OF JOBS ARE THERE IN THE SUMMER WORK PROGRAM? All kinds . . . from clerical/administrative and landscaping jobs, to helping engineering/computer science professors and departments with research activities.

BONUS!!! If you get a summer job, AND it is related to engineering/compsci, you MAY be able to count it as a co-op work term.  Please speak with a co-op staff member in JHE A214 (ECCS office) for more information.

QUESTIONS? Schedule an appointment with one of the ECCS Career Counsellors.  Log in to your OSCARplus account, select the “Appointments” module on the left navigation bar, and click on the “Engineering” tab.

Posted in Job Opportunities

TUES, MAR 7: Research Opportunities Fair

Hosted by a new student organization, Undergraduate Student Research in Engineering (USRE)

Posted in Career Services Information, Job Opportunities

Turning Job Rejection into Career Strength (TalentEgg article)

Great article to read during a job search: http://talentegg.ca/incubator/2016/09/02/turning-job-rejection-career-strength/


Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op Job Search Tips

A company wants to hire me? Should I take the job?

We all hope that the result of applying to/interviewing for co-op positions is a job offer.  If it is the co-op (or job) position that you are really interested in, that’s great!  On the other hand, if you are still deciding about whether to accept or decline, then read the following (click on the link, below, to launch the .pdf file):

Evaluating Co-op/Internship Offers

And a gentle reminder . . . the perfect co-op (or internship) job doesn’t exist – the reason why employers hire co-op students is to provide them with technical skills training and supplement the engineering knowledge that they are being taught in the classroom.  Any co-op job is valuable in both the technical and interpersonal/soft skills training that you receive, as well as being able to make connections with experienced engineers.

All the best with your co-op search!


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