Positively Challenging

5.0
Position title
Student
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
Unpaid
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Elderly care
Faculty
Social Service Worker

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

What I liked most was that the staff was helpful, supportive and gave constructive criticism in a way that was motivating and enriching; all while doing their job. I helped in every aspect, escorting clients to and from the washroom, and to and from the day care program when they would arrive on site. I would help decorate the space, depending on the seasons and holidays. I would help clients where needed, so that they can also participate in the activities at their own pace.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

some days it would be over stimulating.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Rarely
Describe the office environment/culture.

The culture here is professional, respectful, accepting and kind. Majority of people acknowledge one another and are friendly. As someone who is non-binary, I have been referred to in male pronouns but two of my colleagues, including my Supervisor, have corrected others (and still do), and advocated on my behalf in moments that the behaviour continues. I feel embraced and safe. In fairness to an honest review, there are moments when the environment feels heavy and uncomfortable. Different personalities are inevitable, and can still put a damper on the day.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Flex time Free prepared meals/snacks Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities Subsidized cafeteria Tickets to entertainment events

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Work types Cultural fit Location