Participating in the Work Placement Program (WPP), the Work Experience Program (WEP) or a (non-credit) internship and volunteerism gives you a unique opportunity to gain work experience and invaluable contacts in your field of future employment. There are a range of other benefits:
● Students who are accepted to the Work Placement Program or the Work Experience Program are eligible for credit towards their degree. Click here to further understand the difference between the two undergraduate industry placement units (WPP & WEP).
● Students who successfully register their non-credit internship or volunteerism may be eligible for an exemption towards the General Studies U4 Cluster.
● Put theory into practice by applying your recently acquired knowledge and skills to real-life situations.
● Become a confident communicator and tactful negotiator while refining your interpersonal skills through professional interactions with supervisors, colleagues and peers.
● Personal development in a range of attributes that are valued in the workplace: self-confidence, responsibility, problem-solving skills, initiative and time management.
● Smooth your transition from student to working professional by learning about workplace culture and expectations.
● Enhance your employment prospects by building skills, experience and contacts.
● Become familiar with the operations and procedures of the industrial/commercial environment of your chosen career.
● Gain a head start in charting your career strategies by experiencing your chosen profession first-hand, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses in your chosen career and gaining a greater understanding of your career options.
Benefits of pursuing the WPP:
Students are provided with a unique opportunity to gain work experience and invaluable industry contact within an area that is directly related to their field of study. Further benefits to participating students include:
- An opportunity to apply recently acquired knowledge and skills to real-life situations;
- Orientation to the industrial/commercial environment, operations and procedures;
- Experience that will assist in transition from student to professional status;
- The opportunity to refine communications skills with subordinates, peers, and superiors;
- Assistance with personal development in the areas of self-confidence, responsibility, greater understanding of career options, and a realistic appraisal of strengths and weaknesses relative to his/her career choice.