OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Wednesday, January 22


QUESTION: I despise my current co-op job and am considering quitting. Does anyone know how you quit or what the possible repercussions are?

My work term advisor is not responding to my emails and I can't find anything on waterloo's website.


  1. Generally speaking, its assumed that the student has to finish the work term whether they like it or not. Otherwise it might result in delay in graduation, little access to to Jobmine, or you might get dropped from the co-op program completely based what they expect from you. If you drop the job, its a bad reflection on the University and tbh, CECA cares more about the employees then the students.

    I feel your pain though. I absolutely hate my current co-op job at the moment. Its repetitive, and I just do the same things over and over again, and I'm not getting anything out of it. But just keep at it for a couple of more months, and soon it'll be over.

    But your advisor is probably going to tell you to stay, and to apply to jobs that you'll like in your next co-op term. And then to fill out an evaluation form by the end of the term.

  2. I've quit on my 4th coop term before.

    My employer was very understanding because we had a long talk about it.

    The advisor tried to convince me that I needed a psychologist's note saying that I was "emotionally struggling" in the position, since that's the gist of what I told her about why I quit. But it was really idiotic, since I already quit, got paid, and by dropping my 4th and last work term, I automatically couldn't graduate with 'co-operative education' on my diploma anyway. So I basically said, whatever that makes no sense and didn't have any reprecussions because co-op for my program is OPTIONAL.

    (Let me explain: I was in Psych Co-op, it's optional but you have to complete 4 out of 4 work terms, or else you're dropped from the co-op stream. Yes. We only have 4 work terms and you have no freebies)

    I would say think about your reasons for quitting. Which work term are you on? Which program? Is it a requirement to complete the work term or to graduate with co-op? Are you giving your job a fair chance? Is there something you can work out with your employer?

    For me, I was incredibly isolated in a rural area with no means of getting in or out unless the employer drove me out. Which would have been once a month. There was no one to meet closer to my age, which took about 3 days to realize how stressful that was for me. The work was rewarding but monotonous. My employer was very perceptive of my emotions, partly because she had met with me several times before offering the position and even though I tried to commit to the job because I was like 'hey it's just 3 more months', I was a completely different person.

    Do what you think is right but make sure you do your research!

    1. Rewarding but monotonous? I usually find jobs to be one or the other. What kind of job was it? (just curious, I'm in psych too)

  3. It's called life. Cry me a river.

    1. cry urself a river u faggot

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      cry to your dad's dick forever noob

  4. If you're not being bad touched, or you haven't filed a police report against someone in the work place for any other reason then the result is that you will get kicked out of co-op. This is bad if you program is co-op only.

  5. How do you quit? Depends. You quit by giving up. If it's something like smoking, it's tough but good. If it's something you promised to do, it's easy but bad. So in this case, don't quit (unless it's like what 4 just said) - see what you can learn instead.

    Why do you despise it? My first take is quitting a 4 month job is a bad idea. It'll reflect badly on you and you'll learn the wrong things. There may be indirect things you can learn from doing the job your best that'll help you later in life. Repercussions are it could reduce your future potential imposed on you by getting kicked out and future co-op jobs becoming unavailable, and reduce your experience dealing productively with a difficult situation without running away.

    Tough it out and get tough.

  6. If you really need to quit, then you should quit.

    And it might be tricky, but I would suspect you could negotiate with the university to let you continue in the co-op program and graduate ok. You might need to do an extra co-op term at some point, but even co-op only programs usually only need 5 out of 6 workterms to be complete.

    If you have good reasons for quitting, document them! Documenting is key.

    I'm assuming here you have bigger problems with the job than being bored or something like that.

    The job, or even the degree, is not worth putting up with some things. Like risk of getting injured, or being harassed, or even doing something you absolutely hate for 4 months of your life that you will never get back.

    I would also look into other options to resolve your problem. Could you transfer to a different boss or a different department within the company? Move to an office of the company in a different city?