- WW Process Alert – One free “no rank”
- *We will proceed with this process change to provide students with one ‘no rank’ each term.
- Current state
- Currently, students must rank all jobs in which they’ve received an offer or a rank from an employer. If
- students get ranked for a job they do not have an interest in, they can rank it a 9, but students can still
- be matched even with a rank of 9. Similarly, if students don’t rank, JobMine automatically assigns a rank
- of 9, and students can still be matched. Students can currently request a sign-off within 24 hours
- following an interview for any job they no longer want to be considered for. Sign-off requests aren’t
- automatically granted, and are typically only approved when a student indicates that information
- provided in the interview doesn’t match with the information that was provided in the posting, and
- when the concern raised by the student can’t be addressed. The rationale behind our current state is
- that we want to preserve the integrity of the co-op employment process, so we currently don’t permit
- students to simply remove their application from further consideration.
- Future state
- Employers will continue to rank first before students have the opportunity to use their one free ‘no
- rank.’ They would have one free ‘no rank’ per term. Students would be required to provide a reason for
- not ranking, which may be shared with the employer through CECA staff members.
- This functionality is available by enabling or disabling this option. Any additional costs are for training
- and communicating the process change to CECA, students, and employers.
- Stakeholder engagement
- The implications of this change were reviewed with CECA’s cross functional Process Management Team
- (PMT), CECA’s management team, all CECA staff during an open house and the student panel open
- CECA feedback: We hosted a WaterlooWorks Open House that provided CECA staff the opportunity to
- give feedback on work underway, including the proposed process changes. Approximately 70 staff
- members attended the open house. Feedback from staff was very constructive, and indicated an overall
- balance of those who are supportive of, and those who have concerns with the proposed change.
- Student Panel feedback: We also hosted a WaterlooWorks Student Panel Drop-In, where members of
- the panel, Co-op Student Council, FEDS Council, Co-operative Education Council, and the Vice Presidents
- of Education of the six student societies from each faculty were invited to provide their feedback on the
- proposed process changes. The invite was sent to approximately 100 students, of this, about 50
- students were on campus this term, and of this, we had roughly 30-40 students in attendance at the
- drop-in. Feedback from students was also constructive, and indicated all in favour of the proposed
- The Cooperative Education Council supported this process change, commenting on the value of the
- feedback to the employer.
- Summary of student and staff feedback
- Feedback themes – supportive:
- Win/win for students and employers as it will reduce the number of times a student is matched
- with a job that they have ranked a 9; reduce the # of sign-offs; reduce the number of reneges on
- matches, which will in turn reduce the number of Policy 70 type cases.
- Employers don’t really want an uninterested student.
- Employers would value the feedback on why students are not ranking their jobs.
- Moves us one step closer toward a competitive real-world environment.
- Feedback themes – concerns:
- The same employers may get numerous ‘no ranks’ from students.
- Does not address the issue of students applying to jobs they don’t really want.
- Will need careful communication with employers on ‘no rank status.’
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