Asked by Daryll on April 7, 2016
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on April 13, 2016
Congratulations on your co-op offer! It is very common for companies to look at their co-op and internship program as a pipeline for full-time employment, so I don't think you are being misled. Keep in mind, there will be a few factors that come into play when you are being considered for a full-time role and your performance will more than likely be the primary determining factor. In addition, there is always a chance for unforeseen circumstances so there is the potential that if the needs within a company shift, a full-time position could potentially no longer be a possibility. However, if a company tells you that if you perform well, you'll be offered a full-time position upon successful completion of the co-op then I would trust what they are saying is accurate.
Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on April 13, 2016
Congratulations on your offer! I don't believe that you're being misled about the possibility of being offered a full time position. Companies tend to convert employees to full time after they've completed their internship based on the work performance throughout the internship or co-op. You do have to take into consideration that there could be the possibility of a full time position not being open at the end of the co-op but that's not say that there may be a position open in the future and if you've performed well in the position then they would keep you in mind for other opportunities.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on April 14, 2016
Congrats on your Co-op position! I wouldn’t say that they are giving you the run-around. There could be a good chance that this role could lead into a full-time position.Co-ops are a great way to get your foot in the door. Companies do hire co-op candidates it’s a great way for them to fill positions. You will also have to keep in mind that there could be a possibility that things could change within the company and there may not be an opening right away. If you decide to move forward with the Co-op make it your goal to get that full-time offer. This is your chance to learn as much as you can about the company and industry you are working for. Good Luck!!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at ADP, on October 7, 2016
Great question! Simply put, yes, if this employer is saying there is a high chance of an offer upon completion of the co-op program based on strong performance, they are more than likely telling you the truth!
Many companies today are putting more and more focus and value on co-op and internship programs as a way of finding their future full-time hires. Think of your time with the company as a "test-run" where you and the employer can evaluate how well you fit - both work-wise and culturally. If you produce strong results, seek opportunities beyond your daily responsibilities, and network, your employer will see that potential and likely do their best to find a way for you to continue your career with them.
Best of luck!