Course Resumption Update
UPDATE: All UofGH classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21. Please visit guelphumber.ca/updates for more information
Placement is an opportunity to learn and gain new skills. You should set goals and milestones in order to assess your progress and achievements. Discuss these goals with your supervisor and discuss areas of improvement, and learning outcomes. You are encouraged to approach your supervisor if you have particular interests or want to learn more about a role or function. This is an opportunity to test a potential career option and the more you expose yourself to, the better assessment you can make.
Keep an inventory of everything you learn and undertake, this way you will have new skills and qualifications to add to your resume and discuss in future interviews. Some courses will require you to review your placement experience. If you write notes on your goals and achievements you will be in a good position to write a strong review/assessment.
Some employers provide formal orientation sessions for their new students, while others have a less formal system. By the end of your first day, or after your orientation session, you should know most of the following:
Students are expected to treat their placement and internship as a regular job. You should be aware of schedules and your supervisor’s attendance expectations. Report any absences to your direct supervisor. Makeup days should be scheduled to ensure all required hours are completed before semester deadlines.
For program specific deadlines, check the student information for your program in the field placement section of GHworks.
Before reporting for your first day of employment, be aware of the dress code of the organization. Students must follow the same expectations of regular staff.
You are expected to conduct yourself according to the Humber/University of Guelph-Humber Code of Student Conduct.
You are expected to share relevant information about your placement and internship experience in a classroom setting. You should maintain confidentiality at all times and be sensitive with private organizational information. You may sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition of your placement.
Be very aware of how you communicate with others in a professional setting. Avoid every inclination to use short forms or lingo in professional communication forms; such as emails and letters. Always address the person in writing with Hello or Dear, and always sign an email or letter with Best Regards, Sincerely, or Thank you. When communicating in person, remember that you are speaking to a professional, and you should conduct yourself accordingly.
Always maintain professionalism. If you cannot resolve the conflict on your own, follow these guidelines:
Students are expected to meet with their supervisor as the term comes to an end. You are to provide your supervisor with required documentation (i.e. Record of Hours, Evaluation, etc.). Advise your supervisor of all the relevant information including, but not limited to:
Submit the required documentation to your employer well in advance of your exit meeting. Your supervisor should review their evaluation with you and provide you with the documents.
Be sure to thank your supervisor for the opportunity and consider asking for a letter of reference or permission to use their contact information. If you think you would be a candidate for opportunities within the organization, be sure to express your interest and ask to be informed should any opportunities arise. Above all else, be sure to leave on a positive note.