Real World Experience
Seneca believes in creating great student experiences that provide enriching learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. That includes chances to experience the workplace — with co-op and field placement opportunities — and studying abroad, all of which give our students an advantage when continuing their education or entering the workforce.
Co-operative (Co-op) Education programs give students the opportunity to use what they’ve learned in the classroom during a paid work period. Some programs require all their students to successfully complete co-op periods while other programs may have optional co-op periods. All of Seneca’s degree programs have mandatory co-ops.
Heather Hyde spent a summer working as an Events Co-ordinator at the Air Canada Centre during the co-op placement of her program Business Administration – Marketing (Management Specialization). There she rubbed elbows with the biggest names in the music industry including Britney Spears, the Foo Fighters and Kid Rock as part of the four months she was working for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and gaining valuable experience as part of the company’s live events team.
While he was in the International Accounting and Finance degree program, Reynold Choi’s co-op at a prestigious Toronto accounting firm a tax return adviser had him filing more than 300 returns for clients. That experience led to Reynold being hired right after graduation and then moving to his current position as an accounting associate at the renowned firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Some programs feature field placement that lets students use what they’ve learned in the classroom in a workplace seting. It is usually an unpaid placement, and results in valuable work experience, development of professional contacts within the industry, and enhances a résumé while studying.
For Natalee Johnson, field placement at Springdale Public School in Brampton, Ontario lead to her being hired after graduation as a registered Early Childhood Educators for a full-day kindergarten class. She is partnered with a teacher in a classroom of 20 kids, watching over the children’s social and emotional development.
Studying in another country can be an incredible experience with new environments, fascinating cultures and new life-long friends. Seneca students can earn credits, complete their co-op requirements and receive financial support while they study abroad.