Co-operative Education and Career Success

Current students: There’s a new home for co-op information on the student portal. Be sure to check out Career Success and Co-op Resources in the Student Services section for all the information you need.

Making education work!

Georgian is Ontario’s #1 co-op college

  • we have the most Ontario college students enrolled in co-op programs – more than 5,000
  • we have the highest percentage of programs with co-op
  • 6,200 employers partner with Georgian to offer student work experiences
  • Georgian is the only Ontario college with programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education; this represents the highest standard of achievement for co-op programs in Canada
  • be your own boss and start a business as part of Georgian’s eCo-op
  • co-op work terms can lead to full-time positions after graduation

Georgian grads get jobs

  • Georgian is number one in graduate employment among all 22 English-language Ontario colleges
  • according to Key Performance Iindicators for 2016-17, 87.3 per cent of Georgian graduates found work within six months – well above the provincial average of 83.6 per cent
  • Georgian has maintained a graduate employment rate above the provincial average for more than a decade

Information for students

Career success services

Are you considering applying to Georgian College? Our career success team is here to help.

We’re here to help you find the answers to some common questions:

  • when should I start planning my career?
  • which careers match my interests?
  • what can I do with a diploma or degree?
  • what are the advantages of a co-op or internship program?
  • where do I find information on careers?
  • should I go to school or consider apprenticeship training?
  • where can I get help making a career change?

Career Services offers:

  • free 30-minute consultation with a Career Consultant to explore your career planning options
  • fee-for-service to community clients
  • one-on-one career planning
  • career assessments: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), interest assessments, skills, abilities, values

Additional service options:

Book a 30-minute evening phone appointment with one of our knowledgeable career consultants or recruitment specialists. Learn more about evening phone appointments.

Consider taking the Career Match survey to find the career that’s right for you, and the Georgian Program that will take you there.

Come to a Community Night.

To book an appointment or for more information, contact:

Co-op/internship services

What is co-op or internship?

Co-operative education is a formal program that integrates academic studies with work experience with employers. What that means is that students will have academic terms and work terms.

Co-op is a great opportunity to use your learning on the job and confirm if the career is the right fit for you. It’s also a great way to build your employer network.

At Georgian, we work within the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education definition of co-op:

  • each work situation is developed and/or approved by the Co-operative Educational institution as a suitable learning experience
  • the student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing
  • the student receives remuneration for the work performed
  • student performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the employer
  • total work experience is normally 50 per cent of the time spent in academic student – in no circumstances less than 30 per cent

Internship is an extended period of paid work experience that is an integral part of a program of postsecondary study. Students are employed in settings which provide work experience directly related to their academic programs and career objectives.

Students in co-op and internship programs have the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to the real world of work.

Co-op work terms at Georgian College are not placements, as students are not placed or matched with a company. Work terms are earned through a traditional job search, interview and selection process.

Students in our co-op and internship programs have a whole team working with them to assist them in developing their career path and job search strategies for successful co-op, internship and graduate employment.

Our team

Co-op consultants, student developers

  • provide support while you are on campus preparing for your co-op work term
  • facilitate your Co-op and Career Preparation course
  • provide coaching on resumé and cover letter development, job search strategies and interview skills
  • responsible for the collection and evaluation of your co-op documents
  • build and maintain relationships with co-op employers
  • workplace monitoring/mediation between employers and students
  • evaluate your work term experiences against your learning outcomes

International co-op consultant

  • supports international students with job search documents, workplace expectations, employer outreach and required work/study permits for co-op
  • provides information and guidance for investigation of international employment opportunities for all students

Data resource specialists

  • maintain the job posting database (Orbis) registration, training and troubleshooting
  • provide students with assistance with Orbis
  • post positions for co-op work terms and part-time, summer and graduate employment

Career consultants

  • provide services to co-op and internship students, graduates and alumni by:
    • supporting individualized career planning, utilizing career assessments such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS, and TypeFocus, interests, values, skills and abilities
    • providing additional support for resumé and cover letter development, as well as: interview preparation, practice interviews, employment portfolio development and labor market information
  • consultants also support students with disabilities by working with each student and his or her accessibility advisor to ensure students have job search support, interview assistance and an advocate for workplace accommodations

Visit our program pages for the most up-to-date list of co-op and internship programs at Georgian College.

Future International Students

Many international students choose to study here at Georgian College because we have a long history of delivering work-integrated learning. All of Georgian’s co-op programs require students – including international students – to complete successful co-op work terms in order to graduate. This means a student in a three year co-op program actually will have completed two years of academic study, along with one year work experience, when they graduate. Having the opportunity to gain industry-related work experience often leads to better opportunities upon completion of the program.

FAQs

I’m an international student and would like to apply to a co-op program. Do I need a work permit to complete my co-op work term?

Yes, all international students are required to have the appropriate work authorization in order to work in Canada. It is a good idea to apply for the co-op work permit about four months before your co-op or internship work term. There is no additional fee for this work permit since co-op is a mandatory component of the program. Staff in Georgian’s International Centre (C279) will guide you through the process. The co-op work permit allows students to work co-op/internship jobs only and cannot be used for any other type of work. For further information, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You will also need to apply for a social insurance number (SIN) in order to legally work in Canada.

I don’t have any work experience, in my country or in Canada. Will employers still hire me?

Everyone has to start somewhere! While some employers may prefer to hire candidates with experience, many employers realize that not everyone comes with industry-related experience. There are other ways to gain experience and build a resumé. Co-operative Education and Career Success staff can help you with your resumé and cover letters.

What kind of help is there for international students to secure a co-op job?

Georgian is the only postsecondary institution in Canada with an international co-op consultant. The international co-op consultant is here to provide extra supports to international students in any job search related activity. These supports include:

  • extra assistance in understanding employment in Canada
  • understanding employer expectations
  • Canadian resumés, cover letters and interviews
  • one-to-one job search assistance
  • specialized workshops
  • personal coaching

All students in a co-op program will work very closely with the co-op consultant for their program area and will have access to our online system for co-op job postings and to our services in Co-operative Education and Career Success.

Students are expected to manage their time and commitments and ask for help. So be proactive and get connected – use the services and plan ahead!

The international co-op consultant’s office is located in B110.  Stop by or call 705.728.1968, ext. 1340 to book an appointment.

Will I get paid for my co-op?

The idea behind co-op is to give students the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in their industry.  We expect students to be treated like any other employee at the company. So yes, co-op work terms are paid. Students will typically earn anywhere from $10.25 per hour to $22 per hour, depending on the industry, the company, the location and the qualifications of the student.

Students are encouraged to consider far more than just the wage they will be earning. When applying to jobs, think about the type of company, the experience you’ll gain, your long-term career goals, and how you will get to and from work each day or where you’re going to live…. All of these are factors when conducting a realistic job search.

I’m not in a co-op or internship program, but I am an international student and want to work in Canada. Can I?

Yes, international students in a postsecondary program are permitted to work on-campus or part-time off-campus up to 20 hours per week. Your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break. To qualify, you must:

  • have a valid study permit
  • be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the postsecondary level
  • be a full-time student
  • be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration

For additional information regarding off-campus work please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada- off campus work. Services are available through Co-operative Education and Career Success for students who are looking for part-time employment.

What can I do before I come to Canada to prepare for my co-op work term?

  • build a resumé and be open to making changes to it once you get here and start your job search
  • if you have previous work experience, consider contacting the employer(s) and asking them to write a reference letter for you. It should include information about the type of work you did in your position and how the employer felt about your performance. This letter should be typed on company letterhead and signed by a manager, supervisor or someone in a senior level role.
  • you may also want to build a portfolio (a collection of achievements and job search-related things to demonstrate your career to a prospective employer). This may be a binder, folder or other package and contain things such as awards, certificates, copies of other diplomas, certificates, reference letters, examples of your work or things that you have created or achieved
  • another suggestion is to be prepared to obtain an Ontario driver’s licence. While it isn’t mandatory, employers will often request that students have a valid Ontario driver’s licence. Ontario operates under a graduated licensing system which lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete. For more information, visit the Ministry of Transportation

I have friends/family in another province in Canada. Can I work outside of Barrie?

Yes. Georgian College works with employers to create opportunities for Georgian students and graduates across the province, nationally and internationally. While we do post some jobs that are local to the Barrie Campus, you should be prepared to relocate for your co-op job, as employers can be located anywhere. While many of the opportunities we promote are local, some students find work in places like Barrie, Orillia, Midhurst, Innisfil, Muskoka, Midland, Borden, Newmarket, Bradford, Collingwood, Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Brampton, Guelph, Kitchener, Sudbury, North Bay, London or in other provinces or even in other countries. Some international students may choose to return home for a co-op work term.

Am I guaranteed a co-op job?

No. No student is guaranteed a co-op job, but as long as you remain in good standing and are eligible for a co-op work term, you will have access to all the resources needed to be successful in a co-op program.

Georgian’s co-op consultants work hard building and maintaining relationships with employers who hire co-ops, interns, graduates and students for a variety of types of work. We expect students to go to their co-op classes and use the services available to compete and interview for positions with employers that post with Georgian College. Students are also strongly encouraged to conduct independent job searches. Be sure to take advantage of the many services available to you through Co-operative Education and Career Success.

What companies will hire me?

Georgian College works with thousands of employers to provide opportunities to thousands of students. You may end up working for a major corporation, a small business or you may even consider starting a company of your own as an entrepreneur. The possibilities are endless.

If I have more questions or need help, who do I contact?

If you are an international student and have questions about co-op, internships, graduate work or simply employment in Canada, contact Joanne Foxton, International Co-op Consultant or Co-operative Education and Career Success.

Check out the survey results from Ontario’s Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology – obtain feedback from college students, graduates and their employers; future students can decide if college is the right choice and, if so, which program https://www.app.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/labourmarket/employmentprofiles/

Not sure about your next career move? Our career assessment tool will help find the best fit for your personality type!

http://www.georgiancollege.ca/careermatch/

Welcome employers!

Thank you for connecting with Georgian for your co-op recruitment needs. Our Co-operative Education and Career Success team is pleased to offer employers a free, one-stop, year-round job posting service for co-op, internship, full- time, casual, part-time and summer positions. Our team is here to help you meet your recruiting requirements.

We invite you to explore this site to learn how we can help you hire our students and graduates. Learn about the benefits of hiring co-op students, how to post jobs, participate in career fair and networking events, and other opportunities to become more connected to Georgian.

We look forward to making education work with you!

Has your company hired a graduate from Georgian in the last year? If so, you may receive a phone call from FORUM Research asking how satisfied you are with our graduates. This is for Key Performance Indicators, an evaluation tour mandated by the provincial government. We thank you for your continued support in making education work!

Are you an employer looking for help in growing your labour force beyond Georgian College programs? Visit our Career and Employment Community Services page.

Benefits of hiring co-op students

  • opportunity to hire a student with a fresh perspective and up-to-date knowledge of the industry
  • you may be eligible for an Ontario Co-operative Education tax credit of up to $3,000 per student
  • free up permanent staff for more complex tasks, new projects or vacation time; students are available year round
  • assist with your succession planning by assessing students before considering them for permanent employment
  • evaluate on-the-job performance for future full-time positions; reduce training periods for future graduate hiring

We help make your recruiting process easy! 

  • we assist you in determining which program would best fit your needs
  • post your co-op/internship opportunities on EmployGeorgian – our co-op and career job portal website – 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no cost
  • we collect and deliver resumés for you to short list; you choose the students for interviewing
  • we contact students and organize interviews, and provide interview space on campus (if required)
  • we notify successful candidate(s) after interviews

Employer responsibilities

  • submit an accurate job description
  • interview potential candidates and select student to hire
  • acknowledge the student is hired in an employee-employer relationship; outlining hours of work, start and end dates and job requirements
  • ensure workplace accident insurance coverage and conduct a workplace specific health and safety orientation
  • provide the student with orientation, training and an increasing degree of challenging tasks related to the learning objectives of their program of study
  • ensure the student is provided with a supervisor who will oversee their work, discuss expectations and give feedback
  • inform co-op consultant of any concerns with student performance or work term changes
  • communicate with a co-op consultant at least once for work term monitoring (through an on-site visit, telephone, email or Skype conversation)
  • complete an official co-op employer evaluation at the end of the work term

Hire a co-op student

Students are available for co-op work terms at various times of the year. Most work terms start in September, January and May and are typically four months in length; some programs have eight month work terms.

You can also hire part-time, contract, seasonal or full-time employees. Our job posting website is actively promoted to students from co-op and non co-op programs, graduates and alumni.

CO-OP RECRUITMENT

We are currently posting positions for the fall semester.  Students are available from September to December.

Please view our program availability for co-op programs that have a fall co-op term.

Hiring a Georgian College co-op student is easy

  • visit EmployGeorgian, Georgian’s co-op and career job portal website and select EMPLOYERS
  • register for an account by completing the required information (an email address is required)
  • login and select CO-OP/INTERNSHIP
  • upload your posting and complete the required fields (please include a brief overview of your company, major responsibilities of the position and minimum qualifications)
  • once approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is available for students to view

Don’t have time to register an account? You can email your company information and job opportunity to careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca.

You may be eligible for an Ontario tax credit

Co-operative Education Tax Credit

A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a recognized Ontario university or college co-operative education program.The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system.

 The benefit

An eligible employer may claim a refundable tax credit for each qualifying work placement ending in the taxation year. The CETC reimburses employers 25 per cent of eligible expenditures. Smaller businesses are eligible for a higher credit rate of 30 per cent. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months. Eligible expenditures made by a business in respect of a qualifying work placement are:

  • salaries and wages including taxable benefits paid or payable to the student in respect of the qualifying work placement at an Ontario permanent establishment (place of business)
  • fees paid or payable to an employment agency in respect of the qualifying work placement for the services of a student carried out primarily at an Ontario place of business.

Eligibility

Eligible employers must:

  • have a permanent establishment located in Ontario, and
  • be subject to Ontario income tax, and
  • incur eligible expenditures associated with hiring co-op students enrolled in an Ontario university or college.

Eligible employers must hold a certified document from an eligible educational institution confirming that the employer has provided a placement to a student in respect of a qualifying co-op work placement. Although members of a partnership may share the CETC, limited partners are not entitled to this credit.

How to apply

Incorporated business

Corporations may claim the tax credit on Schedule T2SCH550 of their T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

Unincorporated business

Employers operating unincorporated businesses may claim the credit on Form ON479, Ontario Credits, included in their personal income tax return.

Others

Members of partnerships claim their share of the credit on their own corporate or personal tax returns.

Connect with Georgian College

  • interested in lending your expertise to benefit student learning and the sectors in which they will be employed? Join an advisory committee relevant to your industry. Contact the program co-ordinator. See a list of full-time programs and contacts.
  • need to enhance the knowledge of your employees to stay competitive? Our Workforce Development team can help! Contact them today for a customized learning experience.
  • want to turn your bright ideas into reality? Team up with Georgian’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation to work with students, faculty and resources to help turn your challenges into profits.
  • looking for a location to hold your next function? Georgian’s Conference and Events Services staff can help you plan the perfect event, big or small. Connect with them by email or by phone at 705.722.5120.
  • looking to donate funds or materials to help students? Or participate in fundraising events such as our Golf Classic or Dream Gala? Contact our Awards and Scholarships office and fundraising team.
  • are you an entrepreneur looking for networking, training, funding or mentorship? Contact Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.
  • find out about special activities and perks available at Georgian for graduates through the Alumni Association.

Graduate job postings

Looking for a job?  Are you about to graduate or already a graduate? Georgian College’s job portal is for students and alumni. Check out job postings for Graduates | Volunteer opportunities | On-campus | Part-time | Seasonal

Georgian students automatically have an account until they graduate; after that you will need to register for an account.

To register, follow these steps:

  • go to https://careerandcoop.georgiancollege.ca and click Alumni
  • click Register for an Account – fill in the required information on the registration page
  • click SUBMIT REGISTRATION – you will receive an email within one to two business days confirming your registration

To search for jobs:

  • select the Alumni button and login
  • click Career on the left side
  • choose one of many options provided to search jobs (see screenshot below)

Use the Notify Me feature:

  • click Search Job Postings
  • choose your criteria under the Advanced Search screen and select Search Job Postings
  • on the Search Results page, a list of jobs will appear. Select the Save My Search Results button
  • give your search results a title and the underneath there will be a box to click in to turn on the notify email feature

Please email careerandcoop@georgiancollege.ca if you require assistance.

Make sure you use the notify me feature or check on a regular basis so you don’t miss out on some great jobs.

Graduate services

Services available to Georgian graduates

  • resumé check-up: Make your resumé the marketing tool it needs to be – we will assist you in creating a professional, updated resumé that’s ready for the job market; see what your competition is doing to be successful in their job search
  • portfolio development: Need to update your existing one or create a new one? Portfolios are quickly becoming an essential self marketing tool – they add to your credibility and build confidence. As you advance in your career or change it, your portfolio needs to reflect your accomplishments and successes
  • job search strategies: We can show you how to take advantage of all the different techniques to find a job. Be in the know when it comes to the hidden job market and labour market information – set up a mock interview to practice and build confidence in you interview skills
  • career planning: Rethinking your career goals? We can administer a variety of career assessments and help you work with the results to explore career choices that match your interests, personality type, abilities and values. One-on-one career planning utilizes career assessments including: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS and  TypeFocus

Drop-in career and employment support is available in the new Career Hub in Room B115 (Barrie Campus). Brought to you by:

  • Co-operative Education and Career Success
  • Career and Employment Community Services

Contact Co-operative Education and Career Success

Additional services are available through our Career and Employment Community Services 

Current students: There’s a new home for co-op information on the student portal. Be sure to check out the Co-op and Career Resource Centre in the Student Services section for all the information you need.

Co-operative Education and Career Success contacts

General information

  • Barrie Campus: 705.728.1968 (extensions listed below)
  • Co-operative Education and Career Success: 705.728.1968, ext. 1340
  • Barrie fax numbers start with 722
  • Orillia Campus: 705.325.2740
  • Owen Sound Campus: 519.376.0840, ext. 2046
705.728.1968 ADMIN SUPPORT
Customer Service Representative – BARRIE, Room B110, ext. 1340 Melissa Straw-Boyd, Customer Service Representative – OWEN SOUND, ext. 2014, melissa.straw-boyd@georgiancollege.ca
Megan Fenton, Manager, ext. 5277, megan.fenton@georgiancollege.ca Tracey Tessier, Admin Assistant, ext. 1335, tracey.tessier@georgiancollege.ca
Marnie Ragot, Data Resource Specialist, ext. 1494, marnie.ragot@georgiancollege.ca Sandra Gualtieri, Data Resource Specialist, ext. 1646, sandra.gualtieri@georgiancollege.ca
CAREER SUCCESS
Audrey Taylor, Career Consultant – BARRIE, ext. 5271, audrey.taylor@georgiancollege.ca Pat Roberts, Career Consultant – BARRIE, ext.1226, pat.roberts@georgiancollege.ca
Lisa Cartaginese, Career Consultant – BARRIE, ext. 1652, lisa.cartaginese@georgiancollege.ca Tammy McDowell, Career Consultant – ORILLIA, ext. 3090, tammy.mcdowell@georgiancollege.ca
Gabriella Dunn, Career Consultant – OWEN SOUND, ext. 2640 gabriella.dunn@georgiancollege.ca Job Search Coach – BARRIE, ext. 1642
BARRIE CO-OP SUPPORT
Student Development Employer Development
Rita Pittman, ext. 5268 rita.pittman@georgiancollege.ca
  • Aviation Management
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Programmer Analyst
  • Information Systems Security
  • Computer Systems Technician – Networking
  • Interactive Media Design – Web
Jodi Derrick, ext. 1493  jodi.derrick@georgiancollege.ca
Stan Ryba, ext. 5263          stan.ryba@georgiancollege.ca
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technician – Construction
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Honours Bachelor of Interior Design/Interior Design Bridge
Maureen Koski, ext. 1072  maureen.koski@georgiancollege.ca
Emily Grills, ext. 1065      emily.grills@georgiancollege.ca
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
Cheryl Partridge, ext. 5281  cheryl.partridge@georgiancollege.ca
Lee Wilford, ext. 5269      lee.wilford@georgiancollege.ca
  • Business
  • Business Administration – Accounting
  • Business Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Marketing
  • Office Administration – Executive
  • Opticianry
Nick O’Connell, ext. 1132  nick.oconnell@georgiancollege.ca
Christine Munro, ext. 5278 christine.munro@georgiancollege.ca
  • Automotive Business
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Automotive Management
  • Business Administration – Human Resources
  • Human Resources Management
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Management and Leadership
June Martin, ext. 1049 june.martin@georgiancollege.ca
Lindsay Byers, ext. 5261 lindsay.byers@georgiancollege.ca
  • Museum Studies
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Golf Management
  • Culinary Management
  • Golf Facilities Operation Management
  • Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort
  • Hospitality  Administration – Hotel and Resort
  • Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Snow Resort Operations
  • Tourism and Travel
John Daggett, ext. 1390 john.daggett@georgiancollege.ca
Ross McKercher, ext. 5266       ross.mckercher@georgiancollege.ca
  • International Business Management
  • Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills
  • Architectural Technician
  • Architectural Technology
  • Research Analyst
Ashley Carnrite, Employer Engagement Consultant, ext. 1030                              ashley.carnrite@georgiancollege.ca
Michele O’Brien, ext. 1326  michele.obrien@georgiancollege.ca
  • Aboriginal Community and Social Development
Joanne Foxton, International Co-op Consultant, ext. 1042, joanne.foxton@georgiancollege.ca
ORILLIA CO-OP SUPPORT
Suzanne Kettle, ext. 3215  suzanne.kettle@georgiancollege.ca
  • Honours Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies
OWEN SOUND CO-OP SUPPORT
Gabriella Dunn, ext. 2640              gabriella.dunn@georgiancollege.ca
  • Business
  • Business Marketing
  • Office Administration – Executive
  • Culinary Management
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Marine Engineering Technician
  • Marine Technology – Navigation
  • Power Engineering Technology
Lise Mollon, ext. 2062  lise.mollon@georgiancollege.ca
SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY, MIDLAND, ORANGEVILLE AND MUSKOKA
Contact information for students at South Georgian Bay, Midland, Orangeville and Muskoka campuses
705.728.1968, ext. 1340
careerconsultant@georgiancollege.ca