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Updated on Saturday, April 5

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QUESTION: I just got a job for my first work term that's unrelated to my program, and I'm starting to regret taking the job. All my friends got really good jobs related to our field, and I feel like I'm already behind. Has this happened to anyone else, and did you get better jobs in the other work terms?

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  1. i'm in nano, and none of my work terms have had anything to do with my program at all, and were all in different fields of engineering. I think it's good to try out different stuff that you won't normally learn in class. Also, this helps set you apart from your classmates who take the exact courses as you do, and might all have very similar work terms as each other.

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  2. Cheer up mate, you got a job. I didn't even get one in my first work term, and had unrelated jobs upto the third work term.

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  3. This happened to me! My first work term was at a museum (unrelated to my field) but I got an outstanding review from my boss which got me tons of interviews for my subsequent work terms. It's only 4 months and who knows, you might even end up loving it! Just keep positive, work your ass off and get the job done so you can start (or continue) to network professionally. Good luck!

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  4. If you're in engineering or CS, you can get relevant experience through side projects and improve your chances in future terms. Paid off well for me, many times.

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  5. Don't be discouraged. I was stuck with a volunteer position for my first co-op term and was really sad about it, but I worked hard and got a great review. The review got me more interviews for the later work terms and I eventually got my dream co-op job by the final term.

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  6. I didn't get a relevant job up until my 4th work term. Employers also look for soft skills, so try and develop those!

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  7. It's only your first co-op term - make the most out of what you have. You'll be finished all your co-op terms before you know it!

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