Co-op education is a type of education that combines study and job. The first half of your education is intellectual, while the second half prepares you for the profession by teaching you skills and abilities.
The notion of cooperative education was first introduced in 1906, and it has been on a roller coaster ride ever since. However, because it is an old one, it has just recently gained traction. More universities and institutions are increasingly including co-op education programs in their curricula. In the current situation, the hype has become more significant.
Co-op education allows students to get the necessary skills in their field of study while working in a real-world setting, which is the premise of co-op education. Students can rotate between four months of college and four months of work as full-time employees of an employer under this plan.
Advantages of Cooperative Education
The advantages of cooperative education are numerous, which is why students choose it. It provides a source of revenue for them to pay their bills, rent, and other expenses. Work experience will enhance their resume and provide them an advantage when seeking for employment after graduation.
Co-op education helps students to adapt to various work profiles and working situations while still pursuing their academic goals. It also aids students in improving their interview skills and increasing their confidence in their abilities and expertise in high-pressure situations.
Nonetheless, it, like everything else, has its drawbacks as well as its advantages. It would place an additional financial strain on the government, which already bears a significant portion of the cost of other educational perks.
As seen in the case of other countries with co-op education programs, it takes a long time for the grants to be approved. The direct admission benefit for post-secondary admission is low as the universities give the upper hand to those who aren’t part of this program and only have full-fledged academic studies in their past degree.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in India Today. The original article can be found at https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/learn-be-skilled-and-earn-cooperative-education-and-the-reason-behind-its-buzz-1875920-2021-11-12