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The Pros and Cons of Cooperative Education
While Co-op is a terrific experience, it is not necessarily the best choice for everyone. There are numerous benefits, but there are a few trade-offs. Before applying for employment as a Co-op, consider the advantages and disadvantages.
- Up to a year’s worth of engineering experience under the supervision of an engineer.
- An established relationship with a company leading to potential permanent employment.
- Job-seeking skills including job search techniques, resume writing, interviewing, and other skills that will be required upon graduation.
- Professional development including soft skills required for becoming a successful engineer, such as technical writing and presentation, interpersonal, time manage-ment, and professional etiquette.
- A competitive salary to help pay college expenses.
- An opportunity for a break from the routine of classes while reinforcing academic knowledge.
- A competitive edge for obtaining a career upon graduation.
- Graduation is delayed by a semester or more.
- Disruption of campus activities and social ties while on the work experience.