Co-op graduates more likely to find work, earn more

April 6, 2009

According to new research from the University of Guelph, graduates of co-op programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom education are more likely to find full-time employment and earn more money than their peers in conventional programs. Drawing data from Statistics Canada's 2000 National Graduates Survey, the study found that university co-op graduates made $8,000 a year more than those who completed conventional programs, while graduates of college co-op programs earned $2,000 more than their counterparts in regular programs. Co-op students were more like to be working full-time 2 years following graduation. UoGuelph News Release