SFU Emerge Offers Professional Skills Training

January 25, 2021

Jumpstarting a professional career will require more than hard-won academic skills. Many workplaces need specific, job-ready skills as well, skills not taught within the traditional curriculum. Meanwhile, accessibility and cost can be obstacles for students with limited time and funding.

This dilemma is the inspiration behind Emerge SFU, a student-run organization that seeks to provide free online workshops covering skills that employers want in graduates. Subjects range from UI/UX design to digital marketing to financial literacy. Enrollment is open until January 31, and more information is available at

About SFU Emerge's origins, founder and director Samad Raza says:

[My] dream was to help other students acquire the necessary skills in order to succeed in today’s ever-changing modern workplace. As a Communication student at SFU, [I] saw a need for programs to supplement students’ education, ensuring that they are equipped with valuable industry skills often developed outside the classroom.