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My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

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If you are an international student struggling with language and culture barriers in Canada, you are not alone. Here is a fourth year international student who wants to share her stories about study and work career, with you.

By: Liu SIyu 47 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

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Do you find yourself worrying about not knowing what kind of co-op jobs you should look for? Maybe you know what you want, but you were unable to get a position at your dream company? That’s okay. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves and know that there is something greater ahead! 

By: Sithumini Ranamukhaarachchi 46 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Engineering Co-op

Co-operative Education

This article provides a few tips to improve your co-op work search. Having completed a few co-op positions, I’ve learned methods that have helped me get a co-op job offer. Some of the tips may seem cliché but when the little things add up, they can help improve one’s chances by a margin.

By: Alex Wu 92 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Experience Pays Career Dividends

Professional Development

Communications graduate Kelly Furey, shares how co-op helped her develop a career before graduation. 

By: Justin Wong 228 reads | 0 comments
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MSE Grad Lands Plum General Motors Job

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Mechatronic Systems Engineering graduate, Zahra Haeri, went in to interview for a co-op position at General Motors but left with an offer for a full-time permanent position. Read Zahra's story on moving from Iran, and the common ground between engineering and jiu-jitsu.

By: Will Henderson 188 reads | 0 comments
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What’s in a Name? How I Came to Terms With Labelling Myself as a Person With a Disability

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If you were to see me on campus, you wouldn’t know that I had a disability. I do not use a wheelchair nor do I have a seeing eye dog.  I have an invisible disability.

By: Jien Hilario 6037 reads | 0 comments
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Disclosing Disability

Diversity & Inclusion

Living with a mental illness or any invisible disability comes with many challenges. One of the most prominent is whether or not one should disclose their status to others. 

By: Jien Hilario 239 reads | 0 comments
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Nondisabled Privilege: What is it?

Disabilities

Privilege shapes our world in both visible and "invisible" ways. Jien discusses the ways in which privilege is granted to the nondisabled, and how acknowledging this privilege is one way we can all help. 

By: Jien Hilario 228 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Helped Me Expand My Career Options

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Trying new things and volunteering to help your community can open up new options and ideas, some of which can be life changing, and may direct you down a path that you never imagined you would be on. 

By: Jien Hilario 251 reads | 0 comments
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Orange Shirt Day: Remembering the Horrors of Residential Schools

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Three SFU students reflect on their experience as volunteers at the City of Surrey's commemoration of Orange Shirt Day.

By: Joyti Gill, Raman Jawanda, and Maha Rashid 206 reads | 0 comments
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The First 100 Days of Co-op

Congratulations! You got the job offer, but now what? The first 100 days of a new job are critical for your future success --  whether that means leading a project or simply showing your team that you are an eager learner. This blog will show you how to make the most of your first 100 days on the job. 

By: Susan Nguyen 272 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

Life Experience

As many university students may know, and can attest to, the start of any major projects begins with a very simple thing. That one thing is usually procrastination. And that is definitely the one thing that I did before departing. I soon found that, when teaching, it is important to make plans and have a solid layout, but more important to be flexible enough to change that very plan if it doesn’t work.

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 329 reads | 0 comments
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Walk This Path With Us

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The Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Reconciliation Council invites you to witness as we present our calls to action for reconciliation to SFU President Andrew Petter.

By: admin 151 reads | 0 comments
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Benefits of Co-op for Joint Majors

Co-operative Education

When Tarnjeet Thandi would tell others about her joint major, they tended to wonder how Molecular Biology and Biochemistry could be related to Business Administration. Prior to joining co-op, Tarnjeet sometimes wondered the same. Read her story about clarifying career options through co-op. 

By: Tarnjeet Thandi 211 reads | 0 comments
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Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Alexander King

Arts and Social Sciences

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 196 reads | 0 comments
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Reflections of an SFU Epigenetics Research Assistant

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Health Sciences student, Philipp Michaluk disusses the value of searching for co-op positions close to home from his experience as a research assistant at SFU's Epigenetics Laboratory. 

By: Philipp Michaluk 223 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Joseph Paguio

Work Search

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 236 reads | 0 comments
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Will a Certificate Help You STAND OUT?

Professional Development

Thinking about taking a certificate program? Wondering how additional certification could help you in your career? If so, this article is for you.

By: Liu Siyu 230 reads | 0 comments
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Spend the Day with a Top Canadian CEO

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An opportuntity to gain unforgettable real world experience, CEO 1 x Day is a chance to step into the shoes of one of Canada's most influential leaders. The application period begins, September 28, 2017.

By: OLC Admin 189 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Career Exploration

Have you ever wanted to pursue a Health Research Co-op but didn’t know where to start? Are you fascinated by Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Research? If so then this article is for you. Miranda shares her experience at CReATe Fertility Centre and how it expanded her research knowledge. 

By: Miranda Defer 470 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Communication

Communications Co-op student, Ashley Fraser, spent the summer interning at CBC Radio as part of the coveted Peter Gzowski Internship Program. Ashley shares how she got there and her advice for students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

By: admin 953 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Personal Development

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 527 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Applied Sciences

Adam Bignell, shares his experience from an eight month co-op with Safe Software Inc. A co-op term spent developing support for raster and point cloud, but with an added dose of team-building and fooseball to balance out the workload.

By: Adam Bignell 356 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Communication

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. This experience taught me, not only about a completely unfamiliar culture and way of life, but just as important and profound, it taught me about myself. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 690 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Co-operative Education

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as just proposing a new idea or a new design. It takes careful consideration in how it’ll be approached by both developers, its users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance to designing in phases when shipping a product and the considerations she took while working as a UX designer at Hootsuite. 

By: Amanda Poh 736 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Leadership

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 590 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Communique

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 974 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

International

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 740 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

First Impressions

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 629 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Life Experience

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 472 reads | 0 comments
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