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About us

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Poonam (business) worked for a flight school in San Francisco.

Our goal is to provide students and alumni with the tools to succeed after graduation. For one in four students, this means taking part in the co-operative education program. For others, it means career development support. We’re here to help students and alumni pursue their career goals.

Our vision

UVic Co-op and Career develops graduates who achieve personal goals, excel in their chosen fields and contribute to community and society. We guide and support students as they develop competencies—knowledge, skills and attributes—that lead them to successful and rewarding careers.

Our programs

Our co-op programs let students alternate terms in class and terms at work with real-world employers. One in four UVic students takes part in co-op!

Our services

We offer career development support—career coaching, work search support, résumé and cover letter help and more. Students, alumni, faculty and staff can all access our services.

Our events

Our events include on-campus career fairs where students and alumni connect with employers, as well as employer information sessions and regular events to help students plan and manage their careers.

Our structure

Co-op and Career provides two types of services to UVic students: career development support through Career Services and co-operative education through the UVic Co-operative Education Program.

The entire program is coordinated by a central director’s office. This office includes an executive director, assistant director, employer service coordinator, events and marketing coordinator, communications officer, technology administrator, international coordinator and support staff.

Career Services structure

Career Services structure

Three main Career Services offices provide support to UVic students and alumni:

  • Career Services for engineering, computer science, mathematics and statistics students
  • Career Services for business students
  • Career Services for students from all other programs

A separate Law Careers office in the Faculty of Law provides career support to law students.

Business and engineering students have dedicated Career Services support because co-op is mandatory for their academic programs. Mathematics and statistics students also access Career Services from the Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op and Career office.

Co-operative Education Program structure

Co-operative Education Program structure

At UVic, co-op exists for almost every program, except for those that offer practicum, internships or other experiential learning. This includes 47 undergraduate programs and 39 graduate programs.

UVic Co-op is partially centralized at the university level and partially decentralized in the academic units. Co-op coordinators, placement coordinators and co-op assistants handle the day-to day administration of their individual program areas under the direction of three program managers (one each for Business, Engineering and Computer Science/Math, and Optional and Professional Programs), who all report to the executive director. 

Our history

Co-op and Career became one unit in February 2009. Before that, the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services office existed as two separate units. The two offices merged to offer comprehensive career development services to students and alumni.

History of UVic Co-op

History of UVic Co-op

UVic's Co-operative Education Program was established in 1976 in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy by Dr. Alex McAuley and Dr. Harry Dosso. By 1987/88, students from more than 13 academic programs were taking part in co-op, and UVic Co-op had become a Canadian forerunner in co-operative education. Since the beginning, UVic co-op programs have been integrated into the academic framework under the central guidance of the director’s office. The program is indebted to Graham Branton, its longest-service director who dedicated 17 years to the development of UVic Co-op.

Today, students from 47 academic programs complete more than 2,700 work terms each year with employers across Canada and around the world. Co-op is a pillar of UVic’s academic strategy and a major draw for prospective students.

History of Career Services

History of Career Services

UVic's Career Services office began as the Student Employment Centre (SEC) in 1991, following the closure of the federal government's Canada Employment Centre On-Campus (CEC On-Campus) program. By 1992, SEC was offering students individual and group job search counselling, a job posting board, on-campus recruitment opportunities and a job search library.

In 1993/1994, SEC moved to the Campus Services Building and developed a program to help recent graduates plan for and find relevant work. The unit changed its name to Career Services in 2002 to better reflect its focus on career development.

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