Employer Success Stories
Manulife Financial is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. With market-leading positions across the globe, Manulife leverages a diverse business platform that offers a range of financial products and services in both developed and developing markets.
Wilma Duarte from Manulife Financial in Waterloo recognizes the benefits of hiring a co-op student from the University of Guelph, stating that “Our co-op student has brought so much to our organization… Without a student, we would not be able to run as a full functioning team. This would have a direct impact on our customers”.
Co-op students at Manulife learn a wealth of valuable skills including prioritizing; managing huge amounts of information; strong attention to detail; presenting information; learning about large corporations; professionalism; multi-tasking and working independently while also contributing as a member of part of a team in a large international company.
As for participating in the co-op process, Wilma notes how easy it was to hire and supervise a Guelph co-op student – “I have been pleasantly surprised that the co-op student is very independent. Very little is put on the manager. The process is well organized and clearly outlined. The University and the student are very appreciative of the experience that we can give to the student”.
The impact of Allyssa, Wilma’s co-op student, has been so positive that when asked if she would consider hiring her after graduation, Wilma answered with a resounding “Yes! If we had an opening, we would hire Allyssa in a second! She would be a huge asset to this company and we would be thrilled to have her on our team!”
We look forward to continuing to provide Manulife Financial with phenomenal co-op students in the future!