Getting Off to a Good Start on a New Co-op Assignment
Beginning a new co-op assignment can be very hectic and stressful the first few weeks or even months. Making a good first impression, learning new responsibilities, remembering new co-workers' names and learning where to refer calls are just a few of the factors that may contribute to stress. The following is a list of suggestions that may help a co-op deal with stress and get off to a good start on a new assignment.
- Take notes
- Utilize time wisely
- Ask questions
- Be a team player
- Dress appropriately
- Always strive to learn
- Strive for quality
- Take advantage of any training opportunities
- Take initiative
- Learn to prioritize
- Be an active listener
- Get to know co-workers
- Arrive promptly, if not early
- Set goals
- Have confidence in yourself
- Have a good working relationship with supervisor
- Learn how daily tasks or projects effect your department
Heidi Walker wrote this article while participating as a co-op with Dow Chemical USA.
Reprinted from: Dow Chemical USA, "Co-op Supervisor Update Newsletter," October 1992 issue.