A co-curricular activity is an experience you participate in from an outside of the classroom focus. This means, you don’t get academic credit for the experience, but it allows you to develop very specific personal and professional skills and abilities. Student Leader positions at Western may count for the record; most will be not paid, and some that include a stipend. Paid internships don’t count for the Record.
Both activities happen in an outside of the classroom setting; however, co-curricular activities aid in personal or professional development and are pursued for more than social or recreational reasons. For example: an Executive Council or Club position will be considered a Co-Curricular activity, whereas playing basketball with your friends would be considered extra-curricular.
There are two main reasons why the WCCR can help you: 1) it’s developed with a learning and development framework recognized throughout Canada and 2) all the activities that count towards the record will be validated.
Every activity on the WCCR has a validator associated with it. This person will verify if a student was actually involved in that activity. This means that whenever a recruiter, non-profit organization or other association/organization receives a Co-Curricular Record from Western, they will know that a staff/faculty member at Western has given its approval.
The WCCR is managed online, which means you can get a copy of your Co-Curricular Record at any time. You just need to log into CareerCentral and select “Print my Record” at the top of your main page.
A CareerCentral account is required in order to access the WCCR. Don’t worry, registration is easy! Simply register for an account by entering your information and then you’ll be able to access the WCCR.
No, the WCCR does not allow activities to be added retroactively from previous academic years, so it is important to ensure you are always keeping your record up to date!
Every Co-Curricular Record is assigned a unique authenticity code. Any person who sees this record can verify the authenticity of the document by going to the webpage and inputting this code. All a person has to do is go to www.westerncareercentral.ca/verify and input the authenticity code.
It may be the case that particular activity does not meet the standards of a co-curricular. Certain clubs, for example, may meet the requirements of a co-curricular because they are more academic or professional in nature than others, which are more social or recreational.
Yes! One key feature of the WCCR is that it is built to evolve and grow over time. A request may be submitted on CareerCentral to have an activity added to the WCCR, so that the WCCR will always be an up-to-date reflection of the different activities offered across Western
You will be always notified if an activity request has been declined.
No, a declined activity will not show up on your personal record. You may, however, re-submit an activity request that the validator may then accept.