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I am currently finishing up my third co-op rotation at a company and will begin my full-time job search. I am a Chemical Engineering student entering my senior year. The company I am currently working for has told me that they will be offering me a job at the conclusion of my rotation, but I am hesitant to accept the offer until I have a few competing offers to compare it with.
They are going to be making their offer at the end of the summer, and it is too early for me to get a competing offer to compare it to. I wouldn't mind working where I am currently at, by any means. It is a good company and I enjoy the culture, the people, and the work. My only concern is that I am not entirely certain if it will be the best offer that I can receive.
What should I do? I want to be ready to answer their offer when they give it to me and let them know that I intend to take it seriously but that I want to ensure that I am making the best possible decision for myself. I will not accept it immediately without other offers on the table to compare against.
I am near the top of my class and have a lot of good experience, scholarships, etc... for my resume, so I know that I am a very competitive and desirable employee. I got several competing co-op offers from other companies as well, but turned them down in favor of continuing the projects at the company I was currently at. Especially since they had the best competitive pay for co-ops. What to do?
Edit: For clarification this is a company that I currently work at, just in a co-op position not full-time. They will be making the offer in Late August/Early September but I cannot begin to receive competing offers until likely January/February at the earliest as I do not graduate until Spring 2019.
I also have not yet seen the offer, so I do not know how competitive it will be with other standard offers. I just want to be prepared with how to react once the offer is made. Since I work here, it will be offered in person and I don't want to be fumbling for a response when the time comes to give them an answer.