Work Term Information

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Learn all you need to know about work terms at George Brown College including important dates, how to register and more!

Important Work Term Dates

  • Start/end dates for work terms — work terms typically begin on the first day of the semester and finish on the last day. Paid work terms may finish before the end of the semester. Exceptions to work term start and end dates may be granted depending on individual circumstances. Please contact your Co-op Officer before starting a work term if you wish to discuss an exception to the start and/or end date.

Deadline to register for the Fall 2024 work term course on D2L:

  • Students will need to complete all assignments in this course to receive credit for their work term
  • Postgraduate students can register on Stu-view before September 9.
  • Advanced Diploma and Degree students cannot register on Stu-view. Students must email to be registered.

Deadline to secure a job for the Fall 2024 work term:

  • The work term starts on September 3, 2024.
  • The latest possible date to submit a job to GBCareers is September 13, 2024, for Postgraduate and Advanced Diploma students. Positions will need to meet the requirement of 360 hours within a minimum of 10 weeks. Jobs submitted after this date will not be accepted as a work term for the Fall term.
  • Degree students need to submit full-time positions to GBCareers by September 3, 2024. Jobs submitted after this date will not be accepted as a work term for the Fall term.

Check Important Dates

Deadline to register for the Simulation Project this Spring 2024:

  • Students must apply by May 10, 2024 by 4:00 P.M. Eligible students can apply by emailing
  • Simulation Project is only an option for students in the following programs: B400, B406, B408, B428, B409, B423 and B433.

Deadline to register for StartGBC this Spring 2024:

  • Students must apply by May 3, 2024

How to register for your work term

Postgraduate Certificate Students

  • Log on to your Stu-View account and register for the Work Experience Term course once your registration window opens.
  • For paid Work Terms register for COOP 400X
  • You must have secured an approved work term job before you register

Degree & Advanced Diploma Students

  • Email to register for your Work Experience Term once registration for the term opens.
  • You must have secured an approved work term job in order to register

Work Term Agreement Form

  • Outlines work term information as well as student, employer and Co-op Officer information
  • Be sure to fill out start/end dates, detailed pay information, and all other fields on this form

Work Term "Workflow" How To

On GBCareers, your work term has a series of steps you must complete. Please contact for the manual and review it carefully for detailed descriptions of the steps below. You can only complete one step at a time. Your co-op officer will review each step as you complete it and will approve each step in order for you to proceed to the next step.

  • Step 1: Terms and Conditions – Read and click “accept”
  • Step 2: Resume and Cover letter review: upload documents
  • Step 3: Search for jobs or submit a job for approval
  • Step 4: Placement Documents
    • Work Term Start Up Document to be completed prior to starting work term. Note – ensure all areas requiring a signature from you and your employer are signed before uploading it.
    • Work Term Agreement Form
    • GBC – Student's Guiding Document for WIL During Covid-19
    • GBC – Employer Acknowledgement of Compliance During Covid-19
    • WSIB Declaration (for unpaid or unpaid with honorarium positions)
  • Step 5: Learning Objectives
    • Needs to be completed and submitted by end of the first week of placement
  • Step 6: Industry Partner Evaluation
  • Step 7: Student Evaluation

Tips for a successful work term

Before you start

  • Submit Required Work Experience forms
  • Review written offer for deliverables (this will help guide your learning objectives)
  • Confirm start date, hours of work and dress code
  • Confirm who you report to and how on your first day
  • Purchase new clothes if needed
  • Create a budget if needed

On the job

  • Expect a learning curve
  • Observe and ask
  • Be confident…but not arrogant!
  • Be thorough and conscientious
  • Be organized
  • Stay positive
  • Be the best professional you can be each day

How to succeed

  • Be proactive and avoid being reactive
  • Appreciate good things about the job & colleagues
  • Show and maintain a positive attitude to others
  • Avoid gossip and negative conversations
  • Believe in your abilities and skills
  • Remember, once you send it, it’s there forever
  • Keep track of work you do and the achievements you have made
  • Use a notebook, agenda or Outlook to do this efficiently

Key qualities

  • Communicate
  • Timeliness
  • Look to the future
  • Have fun!
  • Network
  • Show initiative

End things well

  • Thank the employer
  • Submit your End of Term Evaluation
  • Ask for a reference for your next job!
  • Stay connected with your employer