Hi, my name is Maria and I’m currently doing a Co-op as a Special Projects Assistant with SFU Communication Co-op. I bet none of us expected it was coming: all of a sudden there were no morning commutes, no more walks to Renaissance Coffee with my co-workers, and no office desk where I could start my day. Working from home happens to be our new reality now. I faced many unexpected challenges while setting into this new routine. Figuring out new ways for effective communication with my coworkers while staying sane is now on my agenda. My team and I figured that I’m not the only student struggling while undergoing the shift. So here I am, sharing some sources that helped me make my hectic reality a bit more manageable and enjoyable. Read more here
Mary Ziel Boncajes
With the onset of COVID-19, WIL students across the province have had to make the transition to working from home. It’s a difficult time for them, given many are not able to work from home, are unsure about if they should return home not, or suddenly find themselves with unexpected financial hardship. To support those students, ACE-WIL has put together a COVID FAQ for students and employers. All the information that we know at this time about helping students and employers through the pandemic is available there. It also links to the COVID-19 information pages of all of ACE-WIL’s member institutions. For those of us fortunate enough to have jobs we can continue to perform from home, we have the #WILFromHome Series. The #WILFromHome series shows how students and their supervisors are overcoming the challenges presented by working from home. Read more here
Due to COVID-19, WIL students across the province have had to make the transition to working from home. It’s a difficult time for WIL students, many of whom are not able to work from home, are unsure about if they should return home not, or suddenly find themselves with unexpected financial hardship. For those students ACE-WIL has put together a COVID FAQ for students and employers. All the information that we know at this time about helping students and employers through the pandemic is available there. It also links to the COVID-19 information pages of all of ACE-WIL’s member institutions. For those of us fortunate enough to have jobs we can continue to perform from home we have the #WILFromHome Series. The #WILFromHome series shows how students and their supervisors are overcoming the challenges presented by working from home. Read more here
Working Abroad From Home
It’s been said that the only constant is change, a statement that feels all the more relevant in the midst of an unfolding global pandemic.Seeking a personal opportunity for change, Kirsten Richard approached Dal’s Science, Information Technology, Engineering (SITE) co-op office in the fall of 2019 to learn more about opportunities for working abroad.The Computer Science co-op student was looking for ways to explore the world, and decided that her next work term would be the perfect time to satisfy a sense of wanderlust while also gaining co-op experience. Read more here
Charging Ahead with Summer Co-Op
Jack deGooyer was more than enthusiastic to learn he’d be spending the summer in California, and even more excited that he’d be going there to work for Tesla at their Palo Alto headquarters for his third and final co-op work term. Getting to this point had been the culmination of “months and years of planning and work” for the fourth year electrical engineering student, who describes the opportunity as his “dream co-op job”. Read more here
Two degrees, two continents and one International Food Business (IFB) program.
Bibi Roozing from ‘t Veld in the Netherlands was a third-year IFB student on the Agricultural Campus preparing for her Canadian work term in April when the Coronavirus pandemic saw she and her classmates moving home March 18th.
“I was soooooo disappointed,” explained Bibi. “I was supposed to do my internship at the Manorun Organic Farm and learn about their permaculture practices. I was so excited to work and live on the farm and meet new people,” she added.
The International Food Business program is a unique opportunity for students who are interested in understanding the global food industry from the farm gate to the consumer's plate. This one-of-a-kind program at the Faculty of Agriculture awards students two degrees within the standard four years of study: A Bachelor of Business Administration from Aeres University in the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Agriculture in International Food Business from Dalhousie. Read more here
Opportunity in the midst of lockdown
For many people, the lockdown brought on by COVID-19 in March 2020 meant working from home, learning from home and generally putting life on hold. For co-op students like Shakshita Sookrauj, the pandemic meant that the meaningful work experience she had been gaining at a local accounting firm ended early. But thanks to outreach from the government of Nova Scotia, Sookrauj and several of her commerce student colleagues got a new opportunity: helping to evaluate the province’s Small Business Impact grant. Read more here
York U business students help Toronto businesses go online to fight impacts of COVID-19
Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business will help small businesses struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19 quickly gear up for online commerce. The students will participate in the City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street (DMS) ShopHERE program, a major new initiative that is supported by a team of leading global technology companies committed to helping Toronto's main street retailers survive the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here
Workplace experiences for York students are alive and well during COVID-19
Offices may be closed, but workplace experiences for York University students are still thriving during COVID-19, said Danielle Robinson, an associate professor at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) and director of the University’s Capstone Network. Read more here.
Wilfrid Laurier University
Laurier’s Enactus team was named overall national champion at the Enactus Canada National Exposition on May 29 and will go on to represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup, planned to take place virtually from the Netherlands from Sept. 8 to 10.... Last week, Laurier Enactus’s Waterloo team presented two of their ventures, EarthSuds and Last20, in the Scotiabank Climate Change Challenge and was named the national champion. EarthSuds was also named the national champion in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge. EarthSuds, co-founded by Laurier BBA co-op students Marissa Vettoretti and Daniel Moll, produces single-use shampoo, conditioner and body wash tablets to eliminate the need for plastic toiletry bottles. The venture just launched its e-commerce site this past fall and its plastic-free toiletry products are now carried in over 55 retail stores across North America. Read the full article here.
Wilfrid Laurier University Business Technology Management student Romane Ng Yung Kiat received a sweet surprise on her doorstep from her winter-term co-op employer, Blue Link Associates Limited (Blue Link), in recognition of her exceptional workplace accomplishments as a Business and Software Documentation Guru. The company has transitioned employees to work-from-home arrangements and couldn’t celebrate Ng Yung Kiat’s job well done in-person. “Romane’s attention to detail and self-driven motivation made her an outstanding co-op student,” says Darren Myher (BBA ’96), chief technology officer at Blue Link.
Kassandra Roul, a Health Sciences major at Laurier, has received a grant to produce masks and ear savers. She was inspired by requests for PPE from Hamilton Health Sciences and the Hamilton YMCA. Kassandra is overseeing a team of three volunteers who will sew 235 masks and crochet 235 ear savers for primary healthcare workers, vulnerable adults, and at-risk children and youth. A community service grant from the Canada Service Corps Initiative will allow her to run this project as her co-op job.
DC Journalism students put learning to work, gain real-work experience creating COVID-cation podcast
Faced with COVID-19-related cancellations and postponements of their field placements, six Durham College Journalism – Mass Media students decided to create their own real-work experience.
The result is COVID-cation, a weekly podcast created by students for students. Each episode focuses on a specific theme – from education to emotional wellbeing to finances – while exploring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on students of all ages. Working under the supervision of their professor, Danielle Harder, the team oversees all aspects of development, production and deployment of the podcast and supporting materials, allowing them to put their classroom learning to the ultimate test.
In addition to honing their story development and audio and video skills, the students are gaining valuable real-work experience and content for their portfolios in the areas of on-air hosting, social media management, website development, online publishing and much more by doing journalism work on multiple platforms.