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Updated on Saturday, October 25

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QUESTION: What did you do at your co-op place if you haven't been given any work at all?
I tried asking at least once or twice a day, but still haven't gotten any response. I feel so bored and unaccomplished

18 comments

  1. I taught myself a programming language off of youtube tutorials.

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  2. I've had a job like that before. The project they were working on got scraped, so my job pretty much devolved into sending and responding to emails, which left me unoccupied for the majority of the time since they had no other work to give me. My daily routine consisted of:

    Morning -> Lunch: Browse Reddit
    Lunch
    Lunch -> Leave: Project Euler, teach myself Python through "How to Think like a Computer Scientist"

    Use the time constructively. Sometimes there just isn't work for you to do, but as long as you actively look for them to give you work, if they don't give you anything to do, it shouldn't affect the performance evaluation they give you.

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  3. This happened to me as well. They had the budget to hire someone but they didn't have any real work, so they put me on a project that was already sunset'd. You have a few options: work on your own projects and training, like learn a new language or framework. Usually, as an employee, you probably have access to the company's infrastructure and source code. So you can poke around there and learn what you can from reading code. Maybe fix some bugs or ask some technical questions to help you learn.

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    1. don't be ignorant, not every co-op student must be in CS/SE/CE.

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  4. learn what you can and write your work term report at work

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  5. Depends on your field. As an engineer I went and saw the inspectors and technicians and assisted them.

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    1. ^ I agree that it depends on your field. As a psych major, I volunteered outside of work to gain more relevant experience.

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  6. Look for your own work. I know, redundant right? But sometimes if I hear a conversation about something related to work, I'll jump in and ask questions pretending/not-pretending to want to learn more about the company and then offer to do something I think would be helpful.

    Other than that, I taught myself Javascript and became very knowledgeable about films taught through Wikipedia. And reddit too. 98 comment karma- slow, but steady. It's nice to bring up topics you read 'off the news' to co-workers. The closer you are, the less afraid they're willing to ask for favours.

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  7. I would get away from my desk and talk to everyone and learn what they do and what they think works and doesn't work and just overall get an informed picture of the place.

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  8. ask around. ask your supervisor and all your colleagues if they needed help. I've only ever experienced "nobody has work for you to do, sorry"once and it was like three hours before the dismissal time so I read some relevant documents, guidelines on how to perform certain types of assessments to learn new things and be more familiar with the structure of the work..

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