The Midterm Review is a formal meeting a Career Recruitment Specialist (CRS) has with you and your employer. Basically, it is an assessment to gauge how you are progressing through your work term. Whenever possible, an effort is made to conduct midterm reviews in person, but reviews may also be carried out over the phone, or in rare instances, over email.
The Midterm Review is not only a great opportunity for students to self-reflect and keep track of the skills they have learned and developed, but also gives them a chance to reflect on the skills they still need to develop. It allows both students and employers to make sure they are on the right track to achieve a mutually beneficial work term.
The CRS first meets with the employer to collect some feedback and learn whether you, the student, are meeting the expectations of the workplace. The CRS will ask your employer a series of questions about your responsibilities, your performance/progress, and your ability to succeed in the work environment. Most importantly they discuss your strengths and weaknesses: areas were you have excelled and areas that need further improvement.
When the CRS meets with you, they will discuss the comments the employer has made regarding your progress so far. This meeting gives you the opportunity to discuss your experience with the work term to date. For example, how you like the job, the projects you’ve been working on, what you’ve learned, and any challenges you may be facing. Any problems that need attention are addressed and a plan to resolve them is set in motion for the remainder months of the work term.
The best way to prepare for your Midterm Review is to start your Work Term Report. Your Work Term Report is meant to help you reflect on the skills you have developed and the skills that still need improvement. It also gives you the chance to communicate with your employer to see if you on the same page. By opening the lines of communication between you and your employer, you can get a better sense of which skills they want you to work on. Sometimes the employer and student have very different ideas of how the work term is progressing, so starting your Work Term Report will allow you to think about and work on these skills before you meet with a CRS. The earlier you start, the less stress you will face later on.
In short, no. As long as you are meeting the expectations of your employer and working on self-improvement, you have nothing to worry about. Once again, by communicating regularly with your employer you get a better sense of where you stand. Communicating with your employer also minimizes any surprises when you meet with your CRS. Remember, in order for you to successfully pass your work term, you must have a positive final evaluation from your employer. Communication is very important, both with your employer and with your CRS. If you have any questions or concerns, know that Management Career Services will always be there to help you.