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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

[email protected]

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  • Our History

  • Where are you?

  • Our Process @ UofG

  • Are we there yet?

  • Questions ???

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

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Our History into our mind,

  • 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 …

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Where are you? into our mind,

Are you integrated?

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

Consider: Operational Functions, Budgets,

Co-ordinated Staffing, Space,

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Metaphor:2 Family Systems Theory into our mind,

  • 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

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Always manage the FEAR ! into our mind,

  • 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

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How we got to 2010…. into our mind, 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?

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1) What are we trying to do? into our mind,

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

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The Assessment Process into our mind,

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

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Does it makes sense? into our mind,

  • 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

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Vision & Values Exercise into our mind,




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

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Benefits of the union into our mind,

  • 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

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Challenges of the union into our mind,

  • Change management ~ FEAR

  • Bringing two distinct cultures together

  • Cultures reflect the type of accountability

  • Managing the fallout of losing staff

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Honest observations! into our mind,

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

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www.recruitguelph.ca change,

Thank You!

Co-operative Education &

Career Services

519-824-4120 ext 52423

[email protected]