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Cooperative Education

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education (Coop) gives you the chance to experience the world of work before you graduate. Your Coop placement will help you to develop a range of skills that will allow you to plan for your future career. The Coop placement is one of the top reasons students choose to come to study at UL and UL graduates consistently say that Coop is one of the highlights of the UL student experience.

The Cooperative Education programme is large, with about 1700 students placed every year. In recent years, UL students and graduates have won a range of employability related awards including Graduate of the Year, National Student Challenge and World Association for Cooperative Education Student Honour Awards. UL’s employability strength is reflected in the latest graduate employment statistics which show that the employment rate for UL graduates is more than 20% higher than the average for other universities. education and practical programmes are arranged for the benefit of the students.

What can Coop do for you?

  • Gives you practical work experience built into your degree programme
  • Provides you with the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to the work environment
  • Offers you the chance to develop many important skills including teamwork, problem- solving and communication skills
  • Helps you to make useful contacts for your future career
  • Promotes your chances of finding employment with a coop placement on your cv

In circumstances where placement restrictions apply owing to personal limitations or when unfavourable economic conditions exist, alternative education and practical programmes are arranged for the benefit of the students.

What employers say

“Year-on-year, Kerry Group have looked to the University of Limerick Co-operative Education Programme for high quality placement students as well as top class graduates. The students possess strong academic knowledge, practical skills and great understanding of business environments. Kerry Group highly recommends the University of Limerick to any employers seeking high calibre students”.

Cooperative education awards

If you excel on your Coop placement, you may be nominated by your Coop employer for the Cooperative Education Award. This award recognises outstanding performance during placement. There is an award for each faculty and, if you are an Education student, a separate award for excellence in School Placement. The awards are presented at the graduation ceremony.

How are placements organised?

The Cooperative Education & Careers Division is responsible for managing the placement programme. We have about 1700 employers involved in the programme and we work with them to identify suitable Coop placements. We will help you to write your CV and to prepare for interviews with Coop employers. During your placement, you will be monitored by an academic staff member. France, Germany, Spain, UK, US, China, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa and New Zealand. There is high demand from employers for graduates who have international experience, and have fluency in a language.

What will I be doing during my Coop placement?

Placements take into account the needs of the employer and the skills and abilities of the student. Some Coop jobs are very closely related to your degree programme but this is not always the case. The most important element of your Coop placement is the opportunity for you to experience the world of work and to develop skills that will equip you to succeed in your chosen career.

International Opportunities

UL has a very large international placement programme and every year about 28% of UL students do an international Coop. If you are studying a language as part of an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degree, you are expected to spend your Coop placement abroad. Many students from Business, Engineering and Science also do international placements. Examples of countries include France, Germany, Spain, UK, US, China, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa and New Zealand. There is high demand from employers for graduates who have international experience, and have fluency in a language.

School Placement

UL has a very large international placement programme and every year in excess of 20% of UL students complete an international Coop. If you are studying a language as part of an Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degree, you are expected to spend your Coop placement abroad. Many students from Business, Engineering and Science also do international placements. Examples of countries include France, Germany, Spain, UK, US, China, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana, South Africa and New Zealand. There is high demand from employers for graduates who have international experience, and have fluency in a language.

For further information, visit our website at: www.ul.ie/coop

Contact: University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 61-202700, Fax: +353 (0) 61-330316

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