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Uniting Co-operative Education with Career Services

The challenges of a newly blended family

Karen Reimer

CAFCE Conference

June 2010

Co-operative Education &

Career Services

519-824-4120, ext. 52323

  • Our History
  • Where are you?
  • Our Process @ UofG
  • Are we there yet?
  • Questions ???

“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into our mind, but is how to get the old ones out”Author Unknown

our history
Our History
  • Both Co-op and Career Services reporting to the Associate Vice-President Student Affairs as separate units …
  • Spring 1998 Co-operative Education Services moved from Student Affairs to report to the Vice-President Academic …
  • Spring 2004 Co-op moved back to reporting to the Associate Vice-President Student Affairs …
  • Spring 2005 Career Services unit joins Co-operative Education Services to create CECS …
where are you
Where are you?

Are you integrated?

Definition: “to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole”

Consider: Operational Functions, Budgets,

Co-ordinated Staffing, Space,

metaphor 2 family systems theory
Metaphor:2 Family Systems Theory
  • When you blend two families you need a new equilibrium and culture
  • It takes 5 years to create a new blended family unit/tribe!
  • But only if things are functioning well and the people involved are healthy and willing to work at it
always manage the fear
Always manage the FEAR !
  • Be honest in your communication to staff ~ TRUST
  • Know that change can create fear
  • Share the vision about the integration & repeat
  • Understand and manage stress related to the integration ~ FEAR!
  • Keep staff informed about the implications the integration has to their jobs ~ FEAR
  • Encourage staff to get involved in building the new integrated department ~ FEAR
how we got to 2010 cecs assessment framework
How we got to 2010….CECS Assessment Framework

In 2006 we asked 3 Questions:

1) What are we trying to do?

2) How well are we doing it?

3) How do we know?

1 what are we trying to do
1) What are we trying to do?

Mission: Co-operative Education & Career Services supports, trains and leads students and alumni as they make career and further education planning decisions.


  • Provide students with job search skills
  • Assist students to discern career or further education planning
  • Provide experiential learning and employment opportunities

CECS, University of Guelph

the assessment process
The Assessment Process

2) How well are we doing?

  • Purpose
  • Objectives ~ set goals each year to achieve
  • Programs & Services ~ to meet objectives
  • Intended Outcomes ~ what & why?

3) How do we know?

  • Assessment Tools ~ ongoing
  • Feedback & Change ~ ongoing
does it makes sense
Does it makes sense?
  • Student Affairs Assessment Project

We have done the work and don’t need to recreate

  • Teaching Support Services Mapping Project

We have done the initial work and the TSS project and help to guide us

vision values exercise
Vision & Values Exercise




Vision: An inspired team offering integrated services to all students and alumni contributing to their intentional and rewarding career journey

Values: Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Creativity

benefits of the union
Benefits of the union
  • Cross training and functions: front line, marketing, job development, website, curriculum, …
  • One stop shop for students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff
  • Enhances job development/employer recruitment
  • One database
  • One employment process
  • Cost savings: staffing, resources, overhead, space
challenges of the union
Challenges of the union
  • Change management ~ FEAR
  • Bringing two distinct cultures together
  • Cultures reflect the type of accountability
  • Managing the fallout of losing staff

“Any culture by definition, exists primarily to prevent change, to set in stone the lessons of the past”Author Unknown


Thank You!

Co-operative Education &

Career Services

519-824-4120 ext 52423