Co-op courses are required in the management curriculum and are open to management students who have completed or concurrently enrolled in a management course and are planning to major in one of the management degree programs. Co-op courses provide management students with a way to get valuable work experience, bridging the gap between academic training and real-world experience required by employers.
In addition to a management course, you will be concurrently enrolled in Management Cooperative Work Experience. This training is conducted on the job, and is monitored and controlled by your supervisor and the instructor.
In the co-op work experience courses, you learn the practical application of classroom material providing insight into the relationship between textbook concepts and real world application.
The Management by Objectives (MBO) system applies to your job in the co-op work experience. At the beginning of each semester, you will prepare (with the assistance and guidance of your supervisor) a number of work-related objectives to be completed during the semester. Your instructor monitors your objectives to ensure that they challenge your capabilities.
You must be employed in a situation that allows growth and on the job learning. Your objectives must be geared toward improvement, expanding current job, growing, or activities that will add value to you as an employee and lead to a possible promotion. Most jobs will qualify.