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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 work term and field placement opportunities — and studying abroad, all of which will give you an advantage when continuing your education or entering the workforce.

 

Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) will give you the opportunity to use what you have learned in the classroom during a work term. We offer a variety of WIL experiences. Many of our programs offer an optional work-integrated learning experience for qualified students and all of our degrees have a mandatory work-integrate learning experience.


Heather Hyde spent a summer working as an events co-ordinator at the Air Canada Centre during co-op work term 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 during 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 pursued his co-op work term at a prestigious Toronto accounting firm where 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.


Sue graduated in 2016 and works as a supervisor for a Violence Against Women agency that works to support women and children in having violence free lives.

“Graduating from Seneca propelled me to success. My program not only offered in depth exploration of theories and concepts relating to supporting children and their families, I also was able to build my practical skills through my placement and co-op experiences. The combination of these skills have led me to a position in which I am supporting families as well as supervising my staff in supporting families while following the best practices I learned while at Seneca.”

 

Field Placement

Some programs feature field placement that lets you use what you have learned in the classroom in a workplace setting. It is usually an unpaid placement, and results in valuable work experience, development of professional contacts within the industry, and enhances your resume 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.


Sharron Spencer (Graduate, Social Service Worker - Gerontology, 2015)

“Seneca’s SSW-G program not only taught me the theoretical content that I needed to become a working professional in my field, it challenged me to grow personally. The practicum portion of the program helped me to develop the practical tools needed and gave me hands-on work experience. The faculty are supportive and work with students to encourage success and continue to be a valuable resource and support after graduation.”

 

Study Abroad

Studying in another country can be an incredible experience with new environments, fascinating cultures and new life-long friends. As a Seneca student, you can earn credits, complete your co-op requirements and receive financial support while you study abroad.


Reecha Patel (Mobile Intensive Learning Experience)

"There is only so much you can learn from textbooks, classroom lectures and the internet. These things will surely broaden your academic knowledge. However, if you want to learn about life nothing is more enriching than travel. What you learn through real life experiences is endless and incomparable. It is one thing to be taught something and the complete opposite when you experience it."