Making education work!
Georgian is Ontario’s number one co-op education college.
We partner with over 6,200 employers, and more than 4,100 of our students gain experience in co-ops every year.
Our Co-operative Education and Career Success team provides expertise, guidance and resources to students, graduates and alumni in a wide range of career and employment services by:
- Recruiting and posting co-op, internship, part-time, contract, on-campus and graduate jobs through Orbis, our dedicated job posting portal
- Providing one-on-one consultations and in-class workshops/seminars to develop job search skills and strategies
- Administering a variety of career assessments to help students explore options and make key decisions about educational and career paths
- Guiding students to research and interpret relevant and current information about careers and the labour market
- Supporting international students in their Canadian job search and assisting domestic students seeking international work experience
If you are in a co-op or internship program, it is vital that you register on Banner for your co-op hour. Be sure to drop by and see us in B110 (Barrie), A200 (Orillia) or A133 (Owen Sound). For more information, call 705.728.1968, ext. 1340, or email us.
Evening phone appointments available
Thinking about returning to school? Want to upgrade your skills and advance your career? We can help you explore your options! Book a 30-minute evening phone appointment with one of our knowledgeable career consultants or recruitment specialists. Learn more about evening phone appointments.
Information for students
Terms and conditions
The following is for students currently enrolled in co-op/internship programs at Georgian College. We use this application to facilitate the college-directed co-op/internship job search process. In order to have access to Orbis, you must have agreed to the following:
- I have read and understood the Co-operative Education and Career Success Manual including the roles and responsibilities of the co-op/internship student
- I have had the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions with my co-op/internship consultant
- If I access Orbis, I understand that I must not misuse the system and that any misuse will fall under the provisions of the Information Technology Acceptable Use Procedure (Procedure 2-117)
- I understand that I may be removed from the system at the discretion of the Co-operative Education and Career Success manager and that any questions regarding the functionality of the program should be forwarded to the data resource specialists, room B110
Agreement I have read, understand and consent to the terms and conditions above
The career plan model
- Self-knowledge: Who am I? – Understand who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are before you can make effective career decisions
- Career knowledge: What’s out there for me? – Explore options, job activities, hours and earnings, working conditions, geographic location, labour market, company/organization
- Decision-making: What do I need? – Academic skills, college/university/apprenticeship, licensing/certification
- Job search: How will I get there? – Resume, cover letter, interview skills, networking/contacts, career portfolio, information interviewing
Unsure of your career direction? We’re here to help you find the answers.
- When should I start planning my career?
- Which careers match my interests?
- What can I do with a diploma or degree?
- What are the advantages of a co-op or internship program?
- Where do I find information on careers?
- Should I go to school or consider apprenticeship training?
- Where can I get help making a career change?
- One-on-one career planning
- Career assessments: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS, COPES, TWI, TypeFocus, Career Focusing
- Job search skills: resumé and cover letter development, interview preparation and mock interviews, employment portfolio development
- In-class workshops
- Assistance to current and graduating students and alumni
- Provide fee-for-service to community clients
Co-operative education and internships
- Assist students in obtaining a co-op or internship experience
- Coaching for co-op and internship positions
- Liaison with employers
- Employer development
- Orbis database for co-op and internship opportunities
- Career and employment development services to students with barriers to employment including physical disabilities, mental health issues and specific learning disabilities, lack of work experience and employment maintenance issues
- Employer development
- Graduate employment statistics/KPIs
- Resumé and cover letter development
- Self employment
- Provides assistance to graduating students and alumni
Check us out on Blackboard too!
To book an appointment with a consultant, visit B110 (Founders Building) at the Barrie Campus or phone 705.728.1968 ext. 1340.
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment needed NEW! Perfect Interview – An online interview program to practise your interview skills 24/7; specify the type of questions you want to practise; save your responses in video or text format. *Create a new account and your ID and password will be emailed to you.
Coming soon, please check back at a later date!
Co-op Pre-Entrance Scholarship Award ($1,000) Reference # 51062 Description: This award has been made available by Co-operative Education and Career Success Eligibility: Open to all first-year, full-time students in a co-operative education program at Georgian College, who have successfully completed a high school co-op work experience. Georgian Co-op Student of the Year Award ($1,000) Reference # 51014 Description: This award has been made available by Co-operative Education and Career Success and the Office of Development. Eligibility: Available to all full-time students in any co-operative education program. For further information visit the Awards and Scholarships page.
2011-12 Georgian Co-op Student of the Year Award ($1,000)
Ken Lin knows how to make education work! As a mature student in the Civil Engineering Technology program, Ken excelled in co-op work terms and academic semesters, all while participating in industry, student, and volunteer activities.
Ken’s efforts within the college community as a peer tutor and director of engineering on the Student Administrative Council, combined with his high academic achievement, were also factors considered in his nomination.
2011-12 Co-op Entrance Scholarship ($1,000) awarded to Environmental Technology student
In Ben Brown’s final year of high school, he completed a two-credit co-op term, working at Camp Heidelberg Outdoor Education. This experience provided him with invaluable learning opportunities in outdoor education, and taught him the value of co-operative education. He then enrolled in Georgian’s Environment Technology program.
Visit our career services portal. Click on the Non-Co-op Students, Graduates and Alumni button, then follow the instructions provided on the login page to create your account and begin job searching! (Non-co-op students, graduates and alumni are required to register for an account.)
- Graduate job opportunities
- Part-time, on-campus, seasonal and volunteer jobs
Does your resumé need some work? The Co-operative Education and Career Success team is ready to help! Come see us in B110 (Founders Building) at the Barrie Campus or call to make an appointment: 705.728.1968, ext. 1340.
We offer employers a free, one-stop, year-round job posting service for co-op, internship, full- time, casual, part-time and summer positions. Our team is here to help you meet your recruiting requirements. Has your company hired a graduate from Georgian College in the last year? If so, you may receive a phone call from FORUM Research asking how satisfied you are with our graduates. This is for Key Performance Indicators and is mandated by the provincial government. We thank you for your continued support in Making Education Work!
- Opportunity to hire a student with a fresh perspective and up-to-date knowledge of the industry
- You may be eligible for an Ontario Co-operative Education tax credit of up to $3,000 per student
- Free up permanent staff for more complex tasks, new projects or vacation time; students are available year round
- Assist with your succession planning by assessing students before considering them for permanent employment
- Evaluate on-the-job performance for future full time positions; reduce training periods for future graduate hiring
- Submit an accurate job description
- Interview potential candidates and select student to hire
- Acknowledge the student is hired in an employee-employer relationship; outlining hours of work, start and end dates and job requirements
- Ensure workplace accident insurance coverage and conduct a workplace specific health and safety orientation
- Provide the student with orientation, training and an increasing degree of challenging tasks related to the learning objectives of their program of study
- Ensure the student is provided with a supervisor who will oversee their work, discuss expectations and give feedback
- Inform Co-op Consultant of any concerns with student performance or work term changes
- Communicate with a Co-op Consultant at least once for work term monitoring (through an on-site visit, telephone, email or Skype conversation)
- Complete an official co-op employer evaluation at the end of the work term
Students are available for co-op work terms or seasonal employment at various times of the year. Most work terms start in January, May or September and are typically four months in length; some programs have 8 month work terms. You can also hire part-time, contract, seasonal or full-time employees; our job posting website is actively promoted to students from co-op and non co-op programs, graduates and alumni. *To reference student availability by program, please go to www.georgiancollege.ca
We help make your recruiting process efficient
- Assist you in determining which program would be the best fit for your needs
- You can post your co-op/internship opportunities on our Orbis job search portal 24/7 – at no cost
- Collect and deliver resumes for you to short list; you chose the students for interviewing
- Contact students and organize interviews; and provide interview space on campus if required
- Notify success candidates(s) after interviews
- Maintain regular communication with you and the student(s) during the work term
Hiring a Georgian College Co-op student is easy: 1. Go to https://careerandcoop.georgiancollege.ca/home.htm and select EMPLOYERS 2. Register for an account by completing the required information (an email address is required) 3. Login and select CO-OP/INTERNSHIP or CAREER (for non co-op and grad jobs) 4. Upload your posting and complete the required fields 5. Once approved, you will be notified through email that the posting is available for students to view Or email your opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org
A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a recognized Ontario university or college co-operative education program.The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system.
An eligible employer may claim a refundable tax credit for each qualifying work placement ending in the taxation year. The 2009 Ontario Budget introduced enhancements to the CETC for expenditures incurred after March 26, 2009. The CETCreimburses employers 25 per cent of eligible expenditures. Smaller businesses are eligible for a higher credit rate of 30 per cent. The maximum credit for each qualifying work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months. Eligible expenditures made by a business in respect of a qualifying work placement are:
- salaries and wages including taxable benefits paid or payable to the student in respect of the qualifying work placement at an Ontario permanent establishment (place of business)
- fees paid or payable to an employment agency in respect of the qualifying work placement for the services of a student carried out primarily at an Ontario place of business.
For expenditures incurred prior to March 27, 2009, the CETC reimburses employers 10 to 15 per cent of eligible expenditures up to a maximum tax credit of $1,000 for each qualifying co-operative education work placement. The enhanced maximum amount of the CETCis pro-rated for taxation years straddling the effective date.
Eligible employers must:
- have a permanent establishment located in Ontario, and
- be subject to Ontario income tax, and
- incur eligible expenditures associated with hiring co-op students enrolled in an Ontario university or college.
Eligible employers must hold a certified document from an eligible educational institution confirming that the employer has provided a placement to a student in respect of a qualifying co-op work placement. Although members of a partnership may share the CETC, limited partners are not entitled to this credit.
Corporations may claim the tax credit on Schedule T2SCH550 of their T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.
Employers operating unincorporated businesses may claim the credit on Form ON479, Ontario Credits, included in their personal income tax return.
Members of partnerships claim their share of the credit on their own corporate or personal tax returns.
Your company may be interested in contract hiring versus direct hiring. The student(s) you hire are not on your payroll, they actually become temporary employees of Georgian College while working for your company a co-op student. The administration process is simple: Payroll is handled by the college and the co-op employer is invoiced on a monthly basis. In addition to salary and benefit costs, the college adds an affordable fee for contract processing. Ask us about this option.
Interested in lending your expertise to benefit student learning and the sectors in which they will be employed? Join an advisory committee relevant to your industry. Contact the program co-ordinator. See a list of full-time programs and contacts. Need to enhance the knowledge of your employees to stay competitive? Our Workforce Development team can help! Contact them today for a customized learning experience. Want to turn your bright ideas into reality? Team up with Georgian’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation to work with students, faculty and resources to help turn your challenges into profits. Looking for a location to hold your next function? Georgian’s Conference and Events Services staff can help you plan the perfect event, big or small. Connect with them by email or by phone at 705.722.5120. Looking to donate funds or materials, or participate in our fundraising events such as our Golf Classic or Dream Gala, to help our students fulfil their academic goals? Contact our Awards and Scholarships office and fundraising team. Are you an entrepreneur looking for networking, training, funding or mentorship? Contact Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. Find out about special activities and perks available at Georgian for graduates through the Alumni Association.
Graduate job postings
Are you about to graduate or already a graduate?
View graduate and alumni jobs and “Register for an Account.”
We offer these services to grads:
- Resumé check-up – Make your resumé the marketing tool it needs to be. We will assist you in creating a professional, updated resumé that’s ready for the job market. See what your competition is doing to be successful in their job search.
- Portfolio development – Need to update your existing one or create a new one? Portfolios are quickly becoming an essential self marketing tool. They add to your credibility and build confidence. As you advance in your career or change it, your portfolio needs to reflect your accomplishments and successes.
- Job search strategies – We can show you how to take advantage of all the different techniques to find a job. Be in the know when it comes to the hidden job market and labour market information. Why not set up a mock interview to practise and build confidence in you interview skills?
- Career planning – Rethinking your career goals? We can administer a variety of career assessments and help you work with the results to explore career choices that match your interests, personality type, abilities and values. One-on-one career planning utilizes career assessments including: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), COPS, TypeFocus
- Workplace transition – We offer services with a focus on clients who face barriers to employment.
All services available in B110, Barrie Campus.
Contact Co-operative Education and Career Success at 705.728.1968, ext. 1340 or email us.
International students are successful in co-ops too!
Many international students choose to study here at Georgian College because we have a long history of delivering work-integrated learning. All of Georgian’s co-op programs require students – including international students – to complete successful co-op work terms in order to graduate. This means a student in a three year co-op program actually will have completed two years of academic study, along with one year work experience, when they graduate. Having the opportunity to gain industry-related work experience often leads to better opportunities upon completion of the program.
Yes, all international students are required to have the appropriate work authorization in order to work in Canada. It is a good idea to apply for the co-op work permit about four months before your co-op or internship work term. There is no additional fee for this work permit since co-op is a mandatory component of the program. Staff in Georgian’s International Centre (C279) will guide you through the process. The co-op work permit allows students to work co-op/internship jobs only and cannot be used for any other type of work. For further information, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You will also need to apply for a social insurance number (SIN) in order to legally work in Canada.
Everyone has to start somewhere! While some employers may prefer to hire candidates with experience, many employers realize that not everyone comes with industry-related experience. There are other ways to gain experience and build a resumé. Co-operative Education and Career Success staff can help you with your resumé and cover letters.
Georgian is the only college or university across Canada that has an international co-op consultant. The international co-op consultant is here to provide extra supports to international students in any job search related activity. These supports include extra assistance in understanding employment in Canada, understanding employer expectations, Canadian resumes, cover letters and interviews, one-to-one job search assistance, specialized workshops and personal coaching. All students in a co-op program will work very closely with the co-op consultant for their program area and will have access to our online system for co-op job postings and to our services in Co-operative Education and Career Success. Students are expected to manage their time and commitments and ask for help, so be proactive and get connected – use the services and plan ahead! The international co-op consultant’s office is located in B110. Stop by or call 705.728.1968 ext 1340 to book an apt.
The idea behind co-op is to give students the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in their industry and are expected to be treated like any other employee at the company, so yes, co-op work terms are paid. Students will typically earn anywhere from $10.25 per hour to $22 per hour, depending on the industry, the company, the location and the qualifications of the student. Students are encouraged to consider far more than just the wage they will be earning. When applying to jobs, think about the type of company, the experience you’ll gain, your long term career goals, and how you will get to and from work each day or where you’re going to live…. All of these are factors when conducting a realistic job search.
Yes, international students in a postsecondary program are permitted to work on-campus or part-time off-campus up to 20 hours per week. Your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break. To qualify, you must:
- have a valid study permit
- be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the postsecondary level
- be a full-time student
- be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration
For additional information regarding off-campus work please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada- off campus work. Services are available through Co-operative Education and Career Success for students who are looking for part-time employment.
Build a resumé and be open to making changes to it once you get here and start your job search. If you have previous work experience, consider contacting the employer(s) and asking them to write a reference letter for you. It should include information about the type of work you did in your position and how the employer felt about your performance. This letter should be typed on company letterhead and signed by a manager, supervisor or someone in a senior level role. You may also want to build a portfolio (a collection of achievements and job search-related things to demonstrate your career to a prospective employer). This may be a binder, folder or other package and contain things such as awards, certificates, copies of other diplomas, certificates, reference letters, examples of your work or things that you have created or achieved. Another suggestion is to be prepared to obtain an Ontario driver’s licence. While it is not mandatory, employers will often request that students have a valid Ontario driver’s licence. Ontario operates under a graduated licensing system which lets new drivers get driving experience and skills gradually. The two-step licensing process takes at least 20 months to complete. For more information, visit the Ministry of Transportation.
Yes. Georgian College works with employers to create opportunities for Georgian students and graduates across the province, nationally and internationally. While we do post some jobs that are local to the Barrie Campus, you should be prepared to relocate for your co-op job, as employers can be located anywhere. While many of the opportunities we promote are local, some students find work in places like Barrie, Orillia, Midhurst, Innisfil, Muskoka, Midland, Borden, Newmarket, Bradford, Collingwood, Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Brampton, Guelph, Kitchener, Sudbury, North Bay, London or in other provinces or even in other countries. Some international students may choose to return home for a co-op work term.
No. No student is guaranteed a co-op job, but as long as you remain in good standing and are eligible for a co-op work term, then you will have access to all the resources needed to be successful in a co-op program. Georgian’s co-op consultants work hard building and maintaining relationships with employers who hire co-ops, interns, graduates and students for a variety of types of work. We expect students to go to their co-op classes and use the services available in order to compete and interview for positions with employers that post with Georgian College. Students are also strongly encouraged to conduct independent job searches. Be sure to take advantage of the many services available to you through Co-operative Education and Career Success.
Georgian College works with thousands of employers to provide opportunities to thousands of students. You may end up working for a major corporation, a small business or you may even consider starting a company of your own as an entrepreneur. The possibilities are endless.
Tips for parents/guardians coaching teens
The workplace of today
Most of Canada’s youth today are likely to experience:
- An average of 17 employment transitions in their working lifetime
- A variety of occupations in up to five different sectors of the economy
- A variety of concurrent work roles (multi-tasking)
- Planned and unplanned gaps of no work
The career planning cycle: A road map for teens
- Get to know yourself: Find out your interests, values, personality, skills, assets and resources
- Explore possibilities: Research, try things out, narrow down your choices and find the best fit
- Make a choice: Develop a plan and set career goals that will take you where you want to go
- Make it happen: Put your plan into action – learning along the way and achieving your goals
Want to be a good career coach for your teen? Here are some tips to help you:
1. Keep current
- Research to identify new workplace trends
- Find out about emerging occupations and which industries are expected to have the greatest demand
- There are a number of great resources – people, publications and websites such as:
2. Talk to your teen
- Talk to your teen about their interests, discuss career choices and interests at the kitchen table, talk in the car – ask about interests and activities
- Consider volunteering together
- Make a list of occupations and explore them together
- Clip out career-related articles – post them on the fridge and discuss
- Use music, books, websites, movies, TV shows, sports and other areas of interests to generate discussion
3. Be a good role model
- Share your knowledge, talk about your positive work experiences
- Let your teen see that life is a combination of hard work and enjoyment
- Continue to learn yourself – try new things to demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning and skill development
- Share your own mistakes and discuss how you learned from them
4. Get help
- Turn to others for support (your allies)
- You can find allies among the people who play a major role in your teens’ life – coaches, teachers, guidance counsellors, friends, family, elders, religious or community leaders, or even other parents
Co-operative Education and Career Success contacts
Barrie Campus: 705.728.1968 (extensions listed below)
Co-operative Education and Career Success: 705.728.1968, ext. 1340
Barrie fax #’s begin with 722
Orillia Campus: 705.325.2740
Owen Sound Campus: 519.376.0840 ext. 2046
Megan Fenton, Manager
Room B110D, ext. 5277, fax 1540 email@example.com
Tracey Tessier, Administrative Assistant
Room B110E, ext 1335, fax 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doris Trei, Customer Service Representative
Room B110, ext 1340, fax 1540 email@example.com
Marnie Ragot, Data Resource Specialist
Room B110FF, ext 1494 , fax 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Gualtieri, Data Resource Specialist
Room B110FF, ext 1646, fax 1540 email@example.com
Melissa Straw-Boyd, Customer Service Representative
Room A133 (Owen Sound), ext 2014, fax 519.376.5395 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Foxton, International Co-op Consultant
Room B110F, ext 1042, fax 1540 email@example.com
Audrey Taylor, Career Consultant – Graduate/Workplace Transition
Room B110A1, et 5271, fax 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Cartaginese, Career Consultant
Room B110C, ext 1652, fax 1540 email@example.com
Pat Roberts, Career Consultant / Student/Employer Development – Research Analyst (Internship)
Room B110G, ext 1226, fax 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Braithwaite, Career Advisor / Student Development
Room A133 (Owen Sound), ext 2640, fax 705.372.3216 email@example.com
Aviation Management; Computer and Network Systems Security; Computer Programmer; Computer Programmer Analyst; Computer Systems Technician – Networking; Interactive Web Design and Development; Museum and Gallery Studies
Room B125C, ext 5268, fax 1540 firstname.lastname@example.org
Architectural Technician; Architectural Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Construction; Civil Engineering Technology; Environmental Technician; Environmental Technology; Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician; Interior Design Degree Bridge
Electrical Engineering Technician; Electrical Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing; Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Products Design; Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills
Business; Business Accounting; Business Administration; Business Administration – Accounting; Opticianry
Business/Automotive/Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
Automotive Business; Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management); Business Administration – Human Resources; Business Marketing; Human Resource Management; International Business Management
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management); Culinary Management; Golf Facilities Operations Management; Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort; Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort; Recreation and Leisure Services; Snow Resort Fundamentals; Snow Resort Operations; Tourism and Travel
Indigenous Community and Social Development
Room M137, ext 1326, fax 1527 michele.o’email@example.com
Business; Culinary Management; Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician; Marine Engineering Technician; Marine Engineering Technology; Marine Technology-Navigation; Power Engineering Technician; Power Engineering Technology
Room A122B, ext 2062, fax 519.376.5395 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies)
Room 214, ext 3215, fax 705.835.3834 email@example.com