What's it like to be an Arts & Science co-op student at U of T Scarborough?
From co-op courses to the job search, work terms, and plans after graduation, here's a snapshot of what our students have to say.
Computer Science specialist Edgar Sarkisian headed off to Quebec City for a work term as a C#/dot NET developer. Read on for a glimpse into his work projects, life in la belle province, and some advice to students considering work terms outside of Toronto.
Work Terms Across Canada: Winnipeg native Sebastian Dowhanik shares about moving home for his work with the Public Health Agency of Canada
Winnipeg native and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology specialist Sebastian Dowhanik chose to head back home for his work term. Here's why he snagged his work term with the Public Health Agency of Canada and his tips for making the most of a work term outside of the GTA.
Tell me about you – what’s your program and why did you choose to study it?
Passionate about making an impact on the environment, Environmental Biology student and Co-op Relocation Grant winner Julia Mata moved to Ottawa to work as a Jack Layton Fellow on the Green Municipal Fund, which provides resources to municipalities to build more sustainable communities.
From downtown Toronto to the sub-arctic: Computer Science student Sol Han exchanges gridlock for the great white north
After completing his first 2 work terms with employers in downtown Toronto, Computer Science specialist Sol Han knew that he wanted a change. Enter his 3rd work term with the Kativik Regional Government in Kuujjuaq, Quebec.
Personal experience combined with an interest in public service inspired public policy co-op grad Saeema Saifuddin (BA ’19) to double major in Public Policy and Sociology and successfully complete an eight month work term at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and then on to a Masters of Public Service at Waterloo this September.
Sanjay Jeyakumaran is the Winter term recipient of the Co-op Relocation Grant, a $250 financial award made available to Arts & Science Co-op students who secure a work term outside of the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area. Sanjay reflects on his work term relocation to Vancouver: "I implore everyone in the Co-op program to explore their options outside of Toronto. It’s easy to be complacent and stay within the confines of what you know but venturing into unfamiliar territory will change how you approach the rest of your undergraduate degree."
Sarah Elsawy’s co-op experience became a platform to voice for Arts students, Women in STEM: "Joining the organization was definitely an eye-opening experience. I met some fantastic people and I got to be a part of a team that works to protect Canada and Canadians safety. I consider myself extremely lucky that I got to do all this! It was the best decision I ever made. I now have extensive experience that correlates to my field of study.”
Krishani Patel reflects on her work terms with the Ontario Ministry of Education: "People tend to forget that studying psychology fine-tunes skills that are highly transferrable, so you aren't restricted to working in the same field of your study. As an upper year student, I think it’s important to remind my younger peers that sometimes you don't always end up where you thought you were supposed to, and most of the time, it's for the better.”
This is a challenging program with significant long-term rewards. If you are someone who wants practical skills and are willing to put in the work, co-op will help you reach your goals. It not only gives you an opportunity to apply your learning in the workplace, but also a shines a light on where your talents can develop into careers that you may not have been aware even existed.
I had the opportunity to combine my passion for cities and culture with the experience of working at the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA); as a result, learned that my program can be applied to several fields outside of the traditional city planning career path. During my work term, I put my research skills to good use and worked with the route manager to tease out high-level trends based on the cultural ties between cities as well as geography-based statistics. This helped to create new and stronger connections between destinations around the world.