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Career Story: Work-Study Coordinator At A University

Work-Study Coordinator At A University

Job Title: Retired But I Was The Co-Op Coordinator Before I Stopped Working.

Type of Company: A major Northeastern university.

Education: attended, Boston University

Previous Experience: I worked for a major Northeastern university where I placed co-op students for the Engineering Department.

Job Tasks: I checked resumes and candidates' interviewing skills and worked with companies which were looking for co-op students (or interns). We held seminars to bring interested students together with companies that were looking for six month placements (essentially temps). The students needed to be in their second or third year of college. Contacting companies to see what types of jobs were available and what requirements the students needed to qualify was one of my duties but during the summer months I talked with new companies to introduce them to our program and what we had to offer them in short term co-ops.

Keeping in touch with students during their co-ops was another part of the job that was sometimes fraught with difficulties. And when they returned to the school after their work-study "sabbatical," we needed to meet with them and insure the transition went smoothly. After returning for a semester the student would be permitted to do another co-op for 4 months.

My job also involved taking care of the budget and meeting with the staff and professors of other departments.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The hardest part of the job was finding housing and meeting companies' experience requirement. Financial aid had to be put on hold and then checked to be sure that it resumed when the students returned. All students needed to meet with the co-op office before they start the program for a series of four seminars or briefings.

Job Tips: Strong understanding of different types of Engineering and knowledge of each degree. Some career courses dealing with interviews and resume writing. Bookkeeping experience and strong language and writing skills.

We had contacts with Presidents of companies as well as supervisors. We dealt with parents and problems that occurred with students during their co-op experience. Seminars included interviewing skills, resume writing and job requirements. We also set up a seminar for companies supervisors to meet with students applying to the co-op program.

Additional Thoughts: If you enjoy working with young students and company supervisors you will find this job challenging.

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