By: Kristen Eckman
Have you recently accepted a co-op offer? Congratulations! The next steps in the co-op process are to:
- Register for co-op on LeopardWeb
You must register for your co-op course on LeopardWeb just like you would for any other class. Make sure you select the correct section that corresponds to your major (see your Co-op Advisor if you are unsure of which one to select) and the correct course:
- Co-op 3000 for an optional co-op (PRE-CO-OP WORK TERM)
- Co-op 3500 for the first required co-op (COOP EDUCATION 1)
- Co-op 4500 for the second required co-op (COOP EDUCATION 2)
- Report your hire on WITworks
- Log on to WITworks using your WIT email and password.
- In the left-hand menu select: “My Account” > “Co-op” > “Report Co-op Hire” OR “Add New”
In the Report of Hire, you must construct your Learning Goals for the semester. Please refer to our past blog written by Advisor, Sara Dell on How to Write Learning Goals for Co-op and Why if you are unsure of how to start.
Below are a few examples of Learning Goal topics grouped by major:
- write clearly and persuasively to communicate their scientific ideas clearly
- test hypotheses and draw correct inferences using quantitative analysis
- evaluate theory and critique research within the discipline
- apply critical thinking and analytical skills to interpreting scientific data sets
- demonstrate written, visual, and/or oral presentation skills to communicate scientific knowledge
- acquire and synthesize scientific information from a variety of sources
- apply techniques and instrumentation to solve problems
- explain and demonstrate the role that analysis and modeling play in engineering design and engineering applications more generally
- communicate about systems using mathematical, verbal and visual means
- formulate mathematical models for physical systems by applying relevant conservation laws and assumptions
- choose appropriate probabilistic models for a given problem, using information from observed data and knowledge of the physical system being studied
- choose appropriate methods to solve mathematical models and obtain valid solutions
3. Go on co-op! Enjoy your semester and invest in your learning with goals in mind.
4. Reflect on your Learning Goals
Reflection can (and should) happen at any time throughout your co-op semester. Reflection is a way to engage deeper in your learning and will help you to absorb more from your work environment.
One way to begin the reflection process is to ask yourself questions:
- What was a significant learning accomplishment for you this semester?
- What did you discover about yourself as a learner (or social scientist, mathematician, engineer, problem solver or whatever the subject area)?
- What was your favorite mistake and what did you learn from it?
- What feedback did you get from your supervisor or colleagues that was important to you?
- What are strengths you noticed about yourself?
- What are next steps in your learning journey?
- Looking ahead to the next semester (academic or co-op), what are some challenges you imagine?
- What strengths can you bring to meet those challenges?
Keep in mind that there is no correct answer to these questions, rather use these as a guide to distinguish from what you hoped to learn, to what you actually learned and help you to develop your long-term career goals.
For even more information on how to report and register for co-op, refer to our resource pages:
As always, to make an appointment with your Co-op + Career Advisor call the front desk at 617.989.4101 or stop by the CO-OPS + CAREERS Office during Spring 2019 Drop-In Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 1:30pm – 4:00pm while classes are in session.