The Best Co-op Experience

Position title
Student, Financial Analysis
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
1,501 to 2,000
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Financial Services

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
I can genuinely say: I always woke up excited to come too 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?

The meaningful relationships I was able to build with my colleagues and leaders. They were always willing to support me and help me with anything from answering simple questions to giving advice for my career aspirations.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Always willing to help.
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

It would be useful if all the students regardless of the department went through a mini training session on the industry, mutual funds/ETFs, and the products the company offers. If we understand the business better, it can allow us to be more effective in our roles, and give us the background knowledge so that we can look for better ways to do things!

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?
What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities Tuition reimbursement Volunteering day

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Recommendation Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

It will be one of the best decisions you make.