Being a proud member of Wentworth President’s Host Society for a few years has given me a unique opportunity to work with Wentworth alumni and hear their success stories. Surprisingly, many of these stories begin with one word: co-op. Many Wentworth alumni who mention Wentworth’s cooperative education program speak about how it not only amplified the knowledge gained in the classroom but how it shaped their life, how it was the single most important experience during their years at Wentworth, and how the opportunity to gain working experience and skills while staying in school is, by itself, invaluable. I am no longer surprised by this, I couldn’t agree more.
Co-op is exciting, thanks to all the hard work done by the Career Services Office. With their help the toughest and often most frustrating part of the experience – searching for co-op – is tremendously motivating. Endless resume edits, meetings with co-op advisers, and the Mock Interview Days get you prepared for Wentworth’s Career Fair. You search, apply, go to interviews: rinse and repeat… But then – BAM! – you’re given a job offer. The moment when you finally find your first co-op employer and land a job is one of the most energizing and fulfilling experiences!
Now that I’ve completed both the required and optional co-op semesters I can rightfully say that Wentworth’s co-op program (one of the largest co-op programs in New England that annually exposes over 1400 students to the real world problems in the real world work environments all around the globe) is a great experience that I’ve been part of. If you’re looking to become an industry professional by the time you earn your degree and are willing to become a part of this tradition, then you’ve come to the right place. And remember, while a head full knowledge is valuable, the skill and experience to apply that knowledge to solving real world problems makes you a very valuable asset.