Date: Monday, January 16th, 2017
Where: UBC Life Sciences Institute, West Atrium, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Employer RSVP: email@example.com
Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Where: University Center Ballroom, UNC 200, 3272 University Way, UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC
Employer RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
The UBC Engineering Co-op Junior Reception is an event not to be missed! In January all new undergraduate, MASc, and MEng students who have just been formally accepted into the Engineering Co-op Program are invited to celebrate and network with our industry guests over pizza and drinks. The UBC Engineering Co-op program hosts one event on the Vancouver campus and one event on the Okanagan campus.
How to sign up? RSVP is required. New students: Please sign up through the EVENTS tab in EngCORE.
Who will be there?
- Representatives from our program sponsors
- Representatives from local industries who post in EngCORE and love to hire UBC Engineering Co-op students!
- The UBC Engineering Co-op Office: Program Director, Manager, Coordinators, Student Assistants, and Program Staff
- Faculty of Applied Science partners such as Professors, Department Heads and Associate Deans
- All of the “new to co-op” undergraduate and graduate engineering students
How to prepare? Whether this is your first networking event or you are a pro, here are some tips on how to get the most of this event:
- Dress smart. You don’t need to be wearing a suit to leave a good impression but there are many things you can wear that will leave a bad impression.
- Prepare your 30-second summary as a way to introduce yourself and tell the individual a bit more about yourself.
- Prepare to ask intelligent questions. Is there anything in particular you would like to know about a company? Use this as an opportunity to learn “what employers are looking for” in their co-op students.
- Practice makes perfect. Perhaps it might be better to not approach the person from your dream employer first but rather start off talking with someone from a company that you are less interested so that you get some practice.
- Avoid the wolf pack. It’s difficult to stand out when you approach someone with five of your peers. Leave your classmates behind when you approach an employer where possible.
- Follow up. It’s good if you can pass on a resume or business card to an employer. However, it’s even better if you can get his/her contact information. When an employer leaves the event there are a number of places where your resume can end up as he/she will most likely not be going back to the office later that night. Instead, if you get his/her email address you can follow up with a strong email referencing the conversation you had and include your resume and transcript to make it easy for this person to review your qualifications or forward to the applicable people within the organization.
- Ask for help. Co-op coordinators, program staff, and senior student assistants will be available to help you find particular employers in the crowd or answer any questions you might have on the companies or how to network in general.