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Updated on Sunday, December 7

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QUESTION: Have you or anyone you know quit an 8 month coop term in 4 months? Not gotten fired, but resigned?
I am currently on an 8 month coop term and it's a pain.. I don't look forward to it every day and it's seriously making me sad and depressed. I want to quit but don't know the repercussions.. any advice would be helpful.

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  1. Is yours set up to be an eight month position, or is it a four-month position that it was assumed would continue (or your employer asked you to stay for longer)?

    I worked at Virginia Tech for the first four months of one of my double-co-op terms. The professor asked if I wanted to stay for another four months, but I explained that I wanted to get more diversity from my co-op terms, so I would prefer to come back and find a job elsewhere. He understood, and was very considerate of what I wanted.

    Not sure if yours is set for eight-months, but if it is, I would definitely recommend talking to CECA and/or your employer RIGHT NOW. CECA might be able to help you (maybe), and your employer might be able to re-assign you a new project, or give you some other work you might find more enjoyable.

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    1. I was scheduled to go on a 4 month coop term acc. to my program but my employer was hiring for an 8 month student and the job seemed very nice so i changed my study-work sequence.
      My offer letter lists the last day of work to be end of april (and of course i signed it before starting my job) so i wouldn't even be asked.

      I don't want to seek help from CECA because I know they always screw students up and side with employers. As for my employer, she is rude to me all the time, criticizing me and pointing out my mistakes, never appreciating me if i dont do any mistake. guess there's no way out of this, it being my 2nd co-op term too. I'll stick with it, get terrible evaluations and keep hoping life's a bit lenient on me when i am in the process of finding job next.

      Thank you for responding though. Feels a bit reassuring to know ppl have handled it before but too bad i wouldn't be able to at this point. but just venting it out here was de-stressing

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    2. Talk to CECA. If you don't talk to them and you make ANY move, then they can screw you over because you didn't follow their guidelines. If you're not happy, they'll probably try to talk to the workplace to see if they can improve. If that doesn't work, they may be willing to help you find a different job, but I'd say that's unlikely.

      If you go forward without talking to CECA and sign on with a new job for the second half of the co-op and quit your other job, the best case scenario is that they'll give you credit for the first four months but not for the new job. Worst case, they'll fail you.

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  2. I was in for an 8 month and quit after first half. Luckily I had been employed all my previous terms and sort of had some wiggle room thanks to that 4 month buffer term. I'd start by first talking to your boss about it and see if anything can be arranged to give you more work/different work etc. Honestly for me it was a mix of the work experience and some personal stuff, my relationship with my boss was pretty awks too so it was a difficult conversation to have but you gotta do what you gotta do. If that dsnt work out start with your PROGRAM advisor, it'll be very important to have their approval before you move along with anything else. I'd also be VERY careful with your communication with your co-op advisor though and talk to them as soon as possible.

    (Disclaimer here - the following paragraph is my venting and can be disregarded) I was so infuriated with CECA from my experience. My advisor not only accused me of basically lying to her about my reasons for wanting to withdraw early (which really wasn't her business to begin with) but basically botched up the whole process without even giving me time to confirm with my boss resulting with another very awks convo to explain to her that I wasn't lying to her... The repercussions weren't even outlined properly to me during my conversation with my advisor either, she basically just repeated all the information I had already told her: I was on my last co-op term for my program, with no previous unemp, done all PDs etc. with approval from my program advisor.

    Tl;dr. I knew I had all my stats up to par to academically excuse myself from the last semester of co-op, I had talked to my boss/program adv for approval. CECA still slapped me with a "Unemployed - School Enforced" (or something like that) status without ANY prior warning of my receiving this status from my co-op adv before she went ahead and put my job up for grabs on jobmine before even confirming or alerting me about it. Basically. CECA will do anything at all to stop you from quitting 'cuz they don't want to "look bad" to your employer even if it's at the sake of your mental health 'cuz they give ZERO SHITS about students.

    (Sorry for the story- lmk if you have anymore specific questions)

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    1. OMG that makes me very scared to quit my current job. I had to get my study-work sequence changed for this job because my employer wanted a student for 8 months. I've just had one co-op term before this, so I'm still quite new to all this and i have no idea how my boss would evaluate me if I quit (of course it'd be very bad looking at how she's basically been scolding me for so long over everything. been very rude to me all this while). If they give me a bad evaluation, it'd seriously screw up my future remaining 3 co-op terms :/ I guess I'll just have to endure this....

      thanks a lot for sharing your story, don't be sorry. You've been very nice in doing so. it showed me the horrible possibilities that i might have to endure being in the middle of this co-op experience route. i didn't trust CECA in the first place which is why i brought my situation here and your story just reinstated my lack of faith in them. thanks again! I hope the remaining ~5 months somehow end soon and i at least get a "good" in my evaluation. it would take long to get back to my normal cheerful self after these 8 months of damage but still

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  3. I'm on an 8 month coop somewhat. My first 4 months aren't great mainly because of the job itself. I'm not interested in what I do, but 4 months later, I asked for different work and it's been great since I enjoy working on it. However, I had established a good relationship with my manager and proved that I could do things and well we have lots of projects going on so it was easy, but if you can't get out, try to do so. Just politely ask them for different project to gain different experiences and such.

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    1. Glad it worked out for you! We don't have various projects and they hired 2 other coop students who got amazing supervisors, it is just me who got stuck with the bad one :(

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