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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.

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