Thank you for celebrating Lakehead Co-op and WIL Week with us!

Thank you for joining the Student Success Centre on zoom as we celebrated National Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Month during March by having Lakehead Virtual Co-op and WIL Week March 8-12, 2021. We planned a variety of activities to showcase our co-operative education and work-integrated learning programs and they were very successful! The Alumni Speaker Series helped connect students with alumni in their field and build their professional network throughout the week. For zoom recordings for some of the events, please see links under the event information below.

For any questions, please contact Meagan Shwetz, Co-op Program Coordinator at coop@lakeheadu.ca.
 

 Monday, March 8th

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Co-op Information Session - Faculty of SES

SES Students

10am - 11pm EST

Speakers:

Meagan Shwetz, Co-op Program Coordinator

Shaheen Rafilal, Computer Science Co-op Student

Dr. Oliveira, Computer Science Co-op Faculty Advisor

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/pWVq9HSBurxKS8KzD9zHxtxK7RXz6G0TddHqbVu6KohcZ708Ma5-Nb4XYy1zLkv6.xLujyn1DMCqHj-kJ 

Passcode: y0=yut=i

Learn about how the co-op program works at Lakehead! Speak to your faculty and hear from one of your peers about their co-op experience!

 

Alumni Connection Speaker Series - Faculty of SES

12pm - 1pm EST

Speakers: 

Vijay Babu, Computer Science Graduate, Lakehead University

Daniel Blekkenhorst, Computer Science Graduate, Lakehead University

Shayna Mihalus, Environmental Studies Graduate, Lakehead University

Recording not available

Check out our exciting virtual networking event, the Alumni Connection Speaker Series! This is a virtual network building event that is being hosted by Lakehead University, North Superior Workforce Planning Board's Northwest Connector Program, and Confederation College. The event is meant to connect Lakehead University and Confederation College students with alumni to discuss the importance of networking and to help student's build professional connections in the community. After the event concludes, students will be encouraged to arrange one on one meetings with each alumni speaker through the Northwest Connector Program. Thus, building their network and valuable mentor relationships within the community which will ultimately lead to more professional opportunities. Register today to secure your spot and receive a complimentary networking info package! https://bit.ly/3aTPnKY

 

RBC LinkedIn Profile Session

1pm - 2pm EST

Speaker: Harsh Khilani, RBC Student Ambassador, Lakehead University

Recording not available

In this session, you will hear from previous RBC Co-op Student, Harsh Khilani, about his co-op experience with RBC. You will also learn about what opportunities are out there with RBC for students. Harsh will also be doing a brief session on how to build a LinkedIn profile for virtual networking. You will learn to:

  • Build a LinkedIn profile that attracts attention
  • Expand your network
  • Publish content on LinkedIn
  • Connect with others on LinkedIn

You will benefit by:

  • Making better use of LinkedIn and the features it provides
  • Creating a LinkedIn profile that brings your personal career story to life
  • Getting a better understanding of your own skills and how to showcase them

 

Tuesday, March 9th

FACULTY OF HEALTH AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES

Co-op Information Session - Faculty of HBS

10am - 11pm EST

Speakers:

Meagan Shwetz, Co-op Program Coordinator

Allison Shortreed, Kinesiology Co-op Student

Leanne Smith, Kinesiology Co-op Faculty Advisor 

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/M972Ah_yt7aIss2BSugW5mKWzfh4FcSHf-qXolIX4wm1-wWl3dk4OmIliSbEEPc.LRT-cnioNpyNZGXr 

Passcode: Rp+PE4k5

Learn about how the co-op program works at Lakehead! Speak to your faculty and hear from one of your peers about their co-op experience!

 

Northwest Connector Program Information Session - All students

11am - 12pm EST

Speaker: Shannon Costigan, Program Coordinator - Northwest Connector Program

Recording not available

Learn more about the Northwest Connector Program! The Connector Program is a unique and innovative workforce development initiative aimed to help immigrants and international students build their professional network, secure relevant jobs and stay in their community.

 

Alumni Connection Speaker Series - Faculty of HBS

12pm - 1pm EST

Speakers: 

Roohi Bedi, Native Child and Family Services Graduate, Confederation College

Richard Tatebe, Masters of Social Work and Honours Bachelor of Social Work Graduate, Lakehead University

Social Service Worker Diploma, Confederation College

Celia Berry, Kinesiology Graduate, Lakehead University

Recording not available

Check out our exciting virtual networking event, the Alumni Connection Speaker Series! This is a virtual network building event that is being hosted by Lakehead University, North Superior Workforce Planning Board's Northwest Connector Program, and Confederation College. The event is meant to connect Lakehead University and Confederation College students with alumni to discuss the importance of networking and to help student's build professional connections in the community. After the event concludes, students will be encouraged to arrange one on one meetings with each alumni speaker through the Northwest Connector Program. Thus, building their network and valuable mentor relationships within the community which will ultimately lead to more professional opportunities. Register today to secure your spot and receive a complimentary networking info package! https://bit.ly/3aTPnKY

 

Job Searching Skills

1pm - 2pm EST

Speaker: Kristen Bohonis, CareerZone Coordinator

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/_N7xI91WkT8Cq4TVgYXqqyx1rUN4YLe0zboYqY3Q4QAm2w2fFzS92W5z1CT84ogB.-IqYPl88VPxN2V_O 

Passcode: @6Gf@$f+

Want to be more effective in getting the job you want? Find out how to uncover and create career opportunities by learning how employers fill job openings. Learn how to uncover hidden opportunities and build relationships that maximize your job search efforts.

 

Wednesday, March 10th 

FACULTY OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Co-op Information Session - Faculty of NRM

10am - 11pm EST

Speakers:

Meagan Shwetz, Co-op Program Coordinator

Dr. Leitch, Forestry Co-op Faculty Advisor

Recording not available

Learn about how the co-op program works at Lakehead! Speak to your faculty and hear from one of your peers about their co-op experience!

 

Alumni Connection Speaker Series - Faculty of NRM

12pm - 1pm EST 

Speakers: 

Nick Beals, Forestry Graduate, Lakehead University

Grant McInnis, Forestry Ecosystem Management Technician Graduate, Confederation College

Recording not available

Check out our exciting virtual networking event, the Alumni Connection Speaker Series! This is a virtual network building event that is being hosted by Lakehead University, North Superior Workforce Planning Board's Northwest Connector Program, and Confederation College. The event is meant to connect Lakehead University and Confederation College students with alumni to discuss the importance of networking and to help student's build professional connections in the community. After the event concludes, students will be encouraged to arrange one on one meetings with each alumni speaker through the Northwest Connector Program. Thus, building their network and valuable mentor relationships within the community which will ultimately lead to more professional opportunities. Register today to secure your spot and receive a complimentary networking info package! https://bit.ly/3aTPnKY

 

Resume Writing Skills

1pm - 2pm EST

Speaker: Kristen Bohonis, CareerZone Coordinator

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/RXoQRnLwoITzmy8zgTMdxToS__R0LhsWy5qN1pt3-8JDRsaHECMtrAmgn99jQz5a.3Ci_I_0qFFOQYreG 

Passcode: &P8xX7sC

Find out how to effectively target your résumé and cover letter. Present your experiences, education and skills in a way that showcases your assets and piques employers’ interest in you!

 

Thursday, March 11th 

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Co-op Information Session - Faculty of ENG

10am - 11pm EST

Speakers:

Meagan Shwetz, Coo-op Program Coordinator

Jacob Zavitz, Co-op Student

Dr. Christoffersen, Electrical Engineering Co-op Faculty Advisor

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/6lmVTgqvrYl_EZCWzoUdVPiIrJyaGuQeXwOcU4Z7qqLek2tmBUy7cP1llEumuSsx.YtYpkMB8xeQCSrJx?startTime=1615474745000

Passcode: aB1x@faU 

Learn about how the co-op program works at Lakehead! Speak to your faculty and hear from one of your peers about their co-op experience!

 

Alumni Connection Speaker Series - Faculty of ENG

12pm - 1pm EST

Speakers: 

Omar Yallou, Mechanical Engineering Graduate, Lakehead University

Bhavya Gokani, Engineering Safety and Business Management Graduate, Confederation College

Recording not available

Check out our exciting virtual networking event, the Alumni Connection Speaker Series! This is a virtual network building event that is being hosted by Lakehead University, North Superior Workforce Planning Board's Northwest Connector Program, and Confederation College. The event is meant to connect Lakehead University and Confederation College students with alumni to discuss the importance of networking and to help student's build professional connections in the community. After the event concludes, students will be encouraged to arrange one on one meetings with each alumni speaker through the Northwest Connector Program. Thus, building their network and valuable mentor relationships within the community which will ultimately lead to more professional opportunities. Register today to secure your spot and receive a complimentary networking info package! https://bit.ly/3aTPnKY

 

Interview Skills

1pm - 2pm EST

Speaker: Kristen Bohonis, CareerZone Coordinator

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/DEfyfukVnzobgDczzMSyl1uQ9-yFAqthTPLE1VWMoimEWM9s3_ygXdOMbNQjlJ9J.uJtNuOE8ILkN4OIZ 

Passcode: avt^x#6G

At a time when more and more employers are hiring for “fit” and training for skill, the interview is more important than ever. Whether you’re looking for a new job, moving up and around in your organization, hoping to join a board or land that committee position, interviews are always involved. Sure interviewers want to know you can do the work, but they’re also looking to see how you communicate, package your experience, tell your story, if you’ll work well with their team, if your values match the company, and more. In this session, you will learn how to impress in an interview from the moment you send your application to the follow-up email, as well as what we look for as modern hiring managers.

 

Making Connections Virtually

2pm - 3pm EST

Speaker: Amy Sellors, Communications Expert 

Recording not available

Connecting with people can be challenging. It can be even more challenging when the stakes are high – you’re looking for a job, or looking to make a lasting employer connection for future job prospects. You can leave it to chance and hope for the best, or you can learn skills and strategies that make it easier to have meaningful conversations with people that matter. With everyone working online, the rules are changing all the time. Employers are still looking for amazing candidates, but you can’t just swing by with your resume. You need to connect online. This may be in a virtual networking session, through LinkedIn, or maybe the only option is to send an email.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn strategies to write messages and letters that demand attention, skills for making a great first impression in an online networking session, and best practices to improve your online presence. Webinar presenter, Amy Sellors, has over 25 years of expertise as a Communications Expert, working with thousands of clients across North America.

 

Engineering Employer Session - Enbridge

3pm - 4pm EST

Speakers: 

Lisa Nicholas, Supervisor Risk Services

Daniela Perciasepe, Manager IMS

 

Check out the engineering employer session hosted by Enbridge on Thursday, March 11th at 3:00pm EST. This session will provide an opportunity to network with Enbridge employees, learn about their student hiring programs, and receive advice and tips on applying for a job with their company. 

Employer Bio: Enbridge is North America's premier energy infrastructure company, and exists to fuel people's quality of life. Enbridge transports, distributes and generates energy, with diversified assets that include a balance between crude oil and natural gas, as well as an expanding renewables business.

Friday, March 12th 

FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Co-op and WIL Information Session

10am - 11pm EST

Speakers:

Meagan Shwetz, Co-op Program Coordinator

Maryann Kleynendorst, Experiential Learning Navigator

Dr. Aman, Business Co-op Faculty Advisor

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/ITLdolGlcM9j4bBfhFwxDmD6lajntVCwnB53frM05F_wwlMfx1MEqxOODAMXGCIr.Im_Evi8Q2Fncucob 

Passcode: @7ka4ADJ

Learn about how the co-op program works at Lakehead! Speak to your faculty and hear from one of your peers about their co-op experience!

 

Alumni Connection Speaker Series - Faculty of BA

12pm - 1pm EST

Speakers: 

Jennifer Hay, Business - Office Administration, Graduate, Confederation College

Charla Robinson, Business Administration Graduate Confederation College

Doug Gorrie, Business Marketing, Confederation College

Recording not available

Check out our exciting virtual networking event, the Alumni Connection Speaker Series! This is a virtual network building event that is being hosted by Lakehead University, North Superior Workforce Planning Board's Northwest Connector Program, and Confederation College. The event is meant to connect Lakehead University and Confederation College students with alumni to discuss the importance of networking and to help student's build professional connections in the community. After the event concludes, students will be encouraged to arrange one on one meetings with each alumni speaker through the Northwest Connector Program. Thus, building their network and valuable mentor relationships within the community will ultimately lead to more professional opportunities. Register today to secure your spot and receive a complimentary networking info package! https://bit.ly/3aTPnKY

 

Career Services Information Session

1pm - 2pm EST

Speaker: Kristen Bohonis, CareerZone Coordinator

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/IlIkaLL98R2IKiybzO1ygkEQnT1z40hObgoYhTtaNKdFchAyq2VzHfIkTzFZWKXL.J-Rbx_3BKIRyb40n 

Passcode: Z54!rBzn

This session will take you through all the career services that are available to Lakehead students! Learn about the CareerZone and how you can take advantages of the many events and programming that are offered to all students. Take a peak at the new Career Zone website that includes resources, events, programming, tools, etc. that will help you during your career pathway. 

 

Helping Students Stand Out Virtually - TalentEgg

2pm - 3pm EST

Speakers: 

Kajol Ratanjankarm, Content and Marketing Specialist, TalentEgg

Vincent Woo, TalentEgg

Recording: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/rec/share/SoAwt-CCtN9iyaB1bRRysjjOvsRWEbX9fYdsrnV3QPtQvQ10VBWgYCLf86N1rWUn.cFmPGu0Gda_dbF9k 

Passcode: e2gKE%zv

TalentEgg has partnered with Lakehead University to help students get noticed by top Canadian employers in an innovative new way. Attend TalentEgg’s virtual workshop to learn the value video can bring to your job applications, and record a video introduction on talentegg.ca/candidate-showcase so employers can find and connect with you directly. CREATE A PROFILE WITH TALENTEGG HERE: https://talentegg.ca/register You can access the video platform that that they will be taking you through during the workshop, if you have an account with TalentEgg (totally free for job seekers!).

 

SOCIAL MEDIA EVENTS

VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT - CHANCE TO WIN $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Join the Lakehead Co-op and WIL Week Scavenger Hunt and enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Explore our new Co-operative Education website to find some important information about the co-op program at Lakehead University! Once you find all the answers you will need to post a photo of yourself on Instagram or Facebook along with your answers in the photo caption with hashtag #FutureHiredStudent #LakeheadCoop #LakeheadWIL Deadline to complete the scavenger hunt and post online is 11:59 pm Friday, March 12th

Scavenger Hunt Checklist:

HINT: All answers are on the co-op website: www.lakeheadu.ca/coop

  1. How many benefits of Co-op are listed on the Lakehead University Co-op Website?
  2. Who is your program-specific faculty advisor?
  3. What is the Summer Co-op application deadline?
  4. What is week 3 of the Co-op Prep Course labelled?
  5. What is the last step in the 3rd stage of the co-op process?
  6. What is the name of the first student listed under Student Experiences?
  7. What is the co-op application fee?
  8. Can you finish your degree on a work term?
  9. What is the last tip offered under Job Search Tips?
  10. What is the name of the Co-op Program Coordinator?

Good luck!!!! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS NATIONAL CO-OP AND WIL MONTH?

Each year, CEWIL celebrates the successes and promotes awareness of co-op and work-integrated learning programs across Canada. From March 1 until March 31 , we will be sharing stories, events across the country, best practices, tools, partner information, and much more. Please join us in using #WILPower throughout the month as we continue to build the capacity for work-integrated learning opportunities in Canada!

WHAT IS WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING ?

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) bridges the classroom and the world of work, helping students put their skills and education to practical use. Different forms of WIL have been around for generations: think of the apprenticeship a skilled tradesperson does, or the shifts nursing students do in hospitals.

Work-Integrated Learning programs, such as co-ops, internships and applied research projects, help students put the knowledge they picked up at school into a practical setting. This means that English majors can test their chops at marketing firms, economic students can explore working at a credit union, and culinary students can see how life really works in a kitchen.

WHAT IS CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION?

Cooperative education (or co-operative education) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a "co-op", provides academic credit for structured job experience.

Co-op work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study. The number of required work terms varies by program; however, the time spent in work terms must be at least 30% of the time spent in academic study for programs over 2 years in length and 25% of time for programs 2 years and shorter in length.

Co-operative Education is a bridge between the employer, the student, and the academic institution. It benefits everyone involved. The employer benefits from the latest theories and fresh ideas from the academic world, the institution gets practical input from the professional community, and the students receive hands-on experience in their chosen field of study

WHO IS CEWIL?

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), is the lead organization for work-integrated learning in Canada.

CEWIL Canada's mission is to build the capacity to develop future-ready students and graduates through quality work-integrated learning.

CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government, and students to champion work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL is a model and process of experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies with learning in a workplace or practice setting.  WIL experiences normally include an engaged partnership between an academic institution, a host organization/employer, and a student. WIL occurs at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency, and life-long learning.

For more information, visit their website: www.cewilcanada.ca