NEW Co-op Employer Guide, SMART Learning Objectives, student video assignment, your checklist and tips for your first work term!
Tools for Success
Employer Partner Guide
Thank you to all our employer partners for hiring co-op students this summer! To make things easier, we have created an Employer Partner Guide that contains everything you need to know to make this co-op work term a success for all involved. You can also refer to the co-op website for more employer resources.
If you have any questions or need support along the way, please contact us at any time!
Summer 2016 numbers (to date)
Scheduled for a work term: 177
Positions posted: 1160
Applications sent: 2225
Hired: 114 (64% employment rate)
Forest Sciences: 9
Urban Forestry: 3
International work terms: 11
South Africa: 1
United Kingdom: 1
The third and final co-op workshop, part of the intense selection and training process for new co-op students, was held in March. With the help of guest speakers from WorkSafeBC and UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office, students were prepared to transition safely to the workplace and create professional workplace relationships. Topics covered included ethical workplace behaviour, the importance of safety (especially for young workers), and the continued support offered by the Equity and Inclusion office to students away on co-op work terms.
Additional training sessions on work term poster content and design were given by Dr. Sue Watts and Jamie Meyers. These sessions prepared students for their first co-op work term assignment (due August 15, 2016). If you missed these sessions you should review the condensed versions of the Poster Content and Poster Design presentation slides.
If you are starting a co-op work term in May, you will need to complete both a Learning Objectives form and an Updated Address form by May 16 at 9:00 AM. Follow the online Work Term Checklist to see what (and when) other co-op forms need to be completed. Students away on a co-op work term are responsible for checking their emails regularly and must respond to requests from their Co-op Coordinator within 36 hours.
If you need any assistance during your work term, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!
SMART Learning Objectives
Developing Learning Objectives is one of the co-op student requirements during the first 2 weeks of each 4 month work term (students working 8 months or longer at the same employer need to make new learning objectives at the start of each 4 month term). Not all learning objectives are created equally! To develop meaningful and relevant objectives, take a look through this document that outlines how to create SMART Learning Objectives. Once you have created and reviewed your Learning Objectives with your workplace supervisor, we will review them and provide feedback to ensure that your objectives are on target.
Co-op featured in Branchlines
Forestry co-op students have access to diverse positions where they are able to use their broad skills sets in a variety of professional environments within the conservation, forestry and wood products processing sectors. Amy Ing, a 4th year Natural Resources Conservation student is featured in Branchlines, where she compares and contrasts her co-op experience as a Garden Educator in both Canada and the USA. Through both of these co-op work terms, Amy was able to develop skills in leadership, companion planting, disease control, and education by teaching children about the importance of gardening and making a positive impact on the environment. Read Amy's story or download the latest issue of Branchlines (Amy's story is on page 7).
Jennifer Norihiro's Co-op Story
For her co-op work term assignment, Jennifer Norihiro, a 3rd year Natural Resource Conservation student, created a video about her co-op experiences and what the Co-op Program has done for her. Jennifer completed her first co-op work term as a Research Assistant at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, and is currently completing a yearlong international term with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Click the image below to watch the full video!
Tips and Tricks
Preparing for your work term
As many students prepare to begin their first work term in May and June, oftentimes moving to a new city or province, we want to ensure that everyone feels prepared to begin their co-op position. In order to help you in this transition to the workplace, here is a list of tips and tricks written by senior co-op student Megan Fong that may be helpful as you undertake this co-op adventure. Click the image to the right or the following link to access the Co-op Tips and Tricks document.
Rodrigo Baston - Celtic Reforestation, Prince George, BC
For my first year in the Co-op Program, I worked as a tree planter for Celtic Reforestation. I worked at several locations around Prince George, in northern BC and had the chance to see the beautiful shapes of this landscape, while spending all of my time outdoors and learning more about reforestation. As a transfer student in my first year in Canada, the Co-op Program made it possible for me to find a job, while enhancing my knowledge of forestry in BC. This was a very interesting job that gave me a chance to be out camping for the whole summer far in the forest with a few other tree planting crews, which made everyone become very close with one another. I have learned how to live a simple life with just a few city comforts and I am happy to be surrounded by many different interesting people from different provinces and countries, living a community lifestyle. Although tree planting is very physically demanding work, I have learned how to focus on doing a good job, even in difficult conditions. After tree planting, I feel that I am able to do any kind of work!
Michael Watson - Teck Resources Limited, Vancouver, BC
For my second co-op work term I worked for Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified resource company. I was working out of the company's head office, in Vancouver, but was working on three projects at Teck’s Red Dog mine in North West Alaska. During my time with Teck I worked in project controls for three different jobs in the Project Development Group within the company. My main role was in cost control but I also gained some experience in planning and scheduling. Being able to work in the project controls, and more specifically cost control, was an excellent opportunity for me. It helped me develop an understanding of how to maintain a budget from a technical standpoint as well understand how costs were prioritized. Teck has helped me build invaluable skills that I believe are applicable to any job regardless of the industry as all companies have budgets and schedules.
Annie Wang - Loewen Windows Inc., Steinbach, MB
This winter, I worked as a Wood Processing Engineer at Loewen Windows Inc. I helped with various ongoing projects ranging from improving manufacturing procedures to establishing procedures of lumber quality inspection. My coworkers and I analyzed the potential waste of the current processing line for glazing stops as well. This is a piece of millwork that connects and supports the glass to hold it in place. In this project, our goals included improving processing procedures, eliminating waste and saving labor hours. I am lucky to be chosen as one of the core members in establishing jag standards, inspecting lumber quality, increasing products yields and keeping our lumber suppliers accountable for their products. Moreover, I joined a Cutstock Optimization project to redesign cutstock and ensure Loewen remains as cost effective as possible. I really enjoyed working with my coworkers at Loewen. They are knowledgeable and their words inspired confidence in me. This co-op experience has offered me many opportunities to connect my academic knowledge with the wood industry. Last but not least, I appreciated the UBC Co-op Program and Loewen Windows Inc. for providing me with this amazing co-op work term opportunity.
Ionut Aaron, Research Coordinator, UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest
As an organization that is in the education business, co-op students bring something extra to our workplace because they generally have more relevant work experience, as well as a strong work ethic. It is important to us that students learn the best practices in the industry and that they understand the reasons why we do things the way we do. Our current co-op student has worked with forest fire prevention, fire weather data collection and reporting, and GIS software to do road and cutblock layout. We frequently hire UBC Forestry Co-op students and appreciate their drive to learn while they are on a work term with us.
Work Term Infographic
During this past winter work term (January to April 2016), students and employers were asked to report on their experiences through site visits with the Co-op Coordinators. Below is an infographic that compiles the results of these visits:
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Co-op Coordinator - Faculty of Forestry
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada