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Asked by Daryll on April 7, 2016

I'm a graduating senior and was just offered a Co-Op position. They told me that if I perform well I'll be offered a full time position. Do you think that I have a high chance of becoming a full time employee upon completion of the Co-Op or am I being given the run-around in terms of employment post Co-Op?

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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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