As Canadians continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asper School of Business, in collaboration with all of our partners and stakeholders, remains committed to protecting your health and wellbeing.
The Career Development Centre, Co-op, and MBA and MFIN Graduate offices have transitioned to virtual delivery of all student services. While our physical offices will be closed as a precaution until further notice, our team is working remotely to ensure that all Undergraduate, Co-op and Masters students are fully supported during this period.
We know that many of you have a lot of questions and concerns. Please refer to the FAQ below.
As of April 1 2020, the University of Manitoba announced the following temporary revisions for course grades. Please click here to learn about the different options with regards to winter 2020 academic courses (including co-op work term grades).
Regardless of which grading option students choose, their award eligibility will not be affected: If a student keeps their letter grade these grades will be taken into account as usual. If a student decides to exclude a grade from the GPA calculation it will also be excluded from an award GPA calculation. Finally, if the decision is made to choose a Pass, this notation will not be included in an award GPA calculation. In each of the last two options the courses where an alternate grade option was selected will still count toward minimum credit hour thresholds when determining award eligibility.
For all Asper Undergraduate and Masters students:
For updates on the CPA designation please click here.
The profession is dedicated to supporting learners in their pursuit towards the CPA designation with the least amount of disruption as reasonably possible. This includes the recognition of pre-requisite courses and accredited program courses. We understand that many PSIs are making decisions about their courses in response to the COVID-19 threat. The CPA profession will accept any changes made by PSIs to CPA-approved preparatory and accredited courses, including online delivery, alternate assessment methods, etc. The CPA profession will ensure full recognition of these courses and students will receive full credit for these courses for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).
One of the most common questions that we are getting from students is copied below, along with the CPA profession’s response:
We are hopeful that many internships will still take place in Summer 2020 although realistically, there may be a downturn in the economy which impacts employers’ business operations. This could result in offers being pulled or in a later than anticipated start date.
The usual recruitment period that includes on-campus interviews, and a rank/match process with structured timelines simply won’t be feasible for the upcoming Fall 2020 work term due to campus closure and the potential that businesses will likely have different timeframes when assessing their hiring needs for the fall. Facilitating a process that will meet the needs of both our co-op students and employer partners during these unprecedented times is top of mind, therefore we have temporarily implemented a “continuous placement model” (used by many other co-op programs at the University of Manitoba, and across Canada).
New for Fall 2020 Work Term:
- Students can accept a job offer from a company directly (no rank/match process)
- Students do not have to abide by any co-op timelines (jobs will have various deadlines to apply).
- Students will interview by video, phone or in-person at an organization’s office if public health standards are followed (no on-campus interviews)
How It Works:
- Flexible timelines for employers in regards to posting positions, conducting interviews and extending job offers directly to students
- Students must follow the instructions outlined in each individual job posting
- Students may accept (or decline) a job offer*
- Students will manage their own interview scheduling
*IMPORTANT NOTE: to preserve our strong relationships with our co-op employer partners, as well as your professional reputation, once a co-op student has officially accepted an offer, they are committed to that organization and may not renege on the offer in the event that another offer be extended from a different organization at a later date. This is critical.
It is our expectation that students apply for as many jobs as possible (work term one students - 12+, work term two and three students 6-8+) to increase your chances of receiving a job offer.
Co-op staff are actively identifying co-op opportunities with employer partners, advertising job postings on the Asper Career Portal, available to assist you with job applications, mock interviews, and are available for individual consultation on a variety of career related topics including job search strategies and tips for navigating job offers.
The University of Manitoba also offers other resources including: