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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

BC Housing

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 46 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Transferable Skills

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 107 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Co-op

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 210 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

During the Work Term

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 280 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

International

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 577 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Co-op

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 203 reads | 0 comments
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Fusion Festival

Volunteers of SFU

Imagine visiting Japan, India, Ireland and many other iconic countries all from the comfort of a local neighborhood park. Fusion Festival, allows thousands of locals and out of province guests to experience different cultures, art, musical extravaganzas right in the heart of Surrey. 

By: Hajira Khan 418 reads | 0 comments
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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

Networking

Do you know absolutely nothing about social media? Want to ensure that you are on the right track to proper social media management? If you answered yes to either or both questions above, have no worries! Keep on reading to learn how to use social media to your advantage. 

By: Sarah Saghah 374 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

As a co-op student, one of the toughest decisions you will have to make is whether to extend your contract at your current position or to go back to school. This is the dilemma I faced at the end of my 3rd co-op term with Sierra Wireless. In this blog, I provide a detailed guide to help you decide whether to extend, or not to extend.   

By: Aryan Maghsoud 243 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Applied Sciences

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 285 reads | 0 comments
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Finding That Work Culture Fit

Co-op

Before hitting submit on that job posting, you may be asking yourself: “Would I blend well with the culture and dynamic of this organization?” For Anna, this question was the ultimatum that steered her away from pursuing a more structured marketing position. Instead, she accepted an opportunity with Silverstring Media. Here, she found her niche creating illustrations for independent media that strongly aligned with her own values and beliefs.

By: Anna Wolff 372 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Professional Development

As a co-op student with little experience, it sometimes seems like all you are doing is asking questions. That is why it is important to make sure you are asking good questions. What are good questions? They are evidence of your thought process, ability to think outside of the box, and knack for problem solving. Read this article to learn more about what makes a question good, and how to make questions your competitive advantage.

By: Nathan Boey 230 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

International

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 260 reads | 0 comments
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[Indigenous Employer] ICBC

Indigenous Career

Interested in a career with a company who values your identity and culture?  A company who’s committed to a diverse workforce, while offering unique opportunities and professional growth.  A company who supports and encourages employees from a shared background and culture to help drive understanding, empathy and change.  If so, ICBC may be right for you.

By: OLC Admin 559 reads | 0 comments
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The Manufacturing Challenge

Co-op Reflections

It is not hard to produce a perfect car. The difficulty lies in manufacturing 100,000 cars exactly alike. Read about the challenge of manufacturing modern luxury vehicles at Tesla Inc. 

By: Michael Kontanist 582 reads | 0 comments
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Let Me TaLK to You: Self-Discovery & Cultural Adaptation

International

Do you want to challenge yourself? If so, TaLK may be the right opportunity for you. I never imagined that working abroad could be so rewarding and would broaden my perspective so drastically. Working for TaLK allowed me to travel South Korea and become more independent through the process, while making lifelong friends.

By: Mila Luong 263 reads | 0 comments
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Quick Guide to Staying Fashionable in the Office

Top Tip Lists

Working in an office doesn't necessarily mean that your fashion choices will be narrowed down to a monocromatic palette and clothes that make you seem significantly older than you actually are. Be creative with patterns, try a new hair style, maybe even bring back a vintage look. Harlene has you covered for all your workplace fashion needs with her quick guide on how to look great while still looking professional in the workplace.

By: Harlene Trias 699 reads | 0 comments
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Provincial and Regional Health Authorities – Two Unique Experiences

Career Exploration

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for a provincial or regional health authority? I turned my curiosity into two 8-month co-op terms with Provincial Health Services Authority, and Fraser Health Authority. This is my co-op story.

By: Mahsa Athari 335 reads | 0 comments
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CA Technologies Revealed: What it’s Like to be a Co-op Student at One of the Most Innovative Companies

Faculty of Applied Sciences Co-op

If I won’t be doing software engineering what will I be doing? A co-op term spent migrating a decade’s worth of data.

By: Emerson Dolinski 228 reads | 0 comments
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Tackling the Application Process in the Federal Public Sector

Co-operative Education

Are you in the process of applying to a federal government co-op position but are unsure of what to expect or whether you’re on the right track? Check out these tips that Christie, a fourth year Criminology co-op student, has to offer after dedicating four of her work terms to various agencies within the federal public sector.

By: Christie Lo 710 reads | 0 comments
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The Interview Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Help You Prepare

Interviews

Job interviews can be nerve-racking but with planning and preparation anyone can master the basic steps for interview success. Here are five tips to help you get ready. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 574 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Take the time to discover your career paths

Co-op

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Well, that may not be an easy question to answer. From an early age, Lisa had always envisioned becoming a doctor, but that quickly shifted after staring her first year at SFU. If there’s one piece of advice she could give you, it’s that University is not the fabled be-all and end-all of your career path. 

By: Lisa Dimyadi 950 reads | 0 comments
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7 Ways Internships are Like All You Can Eat Buffets

Communique

Working in many different Co-op positions can be analogous with sampling everything at an all you can eat buffet. You see some things that really catch your eye, and some things you know you absolutely won’t like. But the fact of the matter is, you probably won’t know exactly what every single dish will taste like until you opt in to trying it. With Co-op, it’s much the same – you probably have an idea of what you want to do, but trying something entirely new might surprise you and pique your interest for future career options.

By: Andrea Ton 916 reads | 0 comments
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Writing a Resume When You Have NO Experience

Resumes

 

How do you begin writing your first co-op resume when you have no work experience? First, know that with a little creativity you can create a competitive first draft. Learn how with these tips.

By: Taylor McKinney 1374 reads | 0 comments
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The Best of Studying Abroad in South Korea

International

Are you on the fence about studying abroad? Fourth year business student, Vivyn Zhou shares how an international exchange in South Korea impacted her, and why you should consider applying too.

By: Vivyn Zhou 1527 reads | 0 comments
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Diary of a Job Fairy: My Co-op Term at the CRA

Co-operative Education

Some people dream of having a career in the public service but what is it like to be the person making those dreams come true? Go behind the scenes with Rebecca and read about her experience working as a Staffing Assistant at the Canada Revenue Agency!

By: Rebecca Chong 583 reads | 0 comments
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Design Zero to Design Hero

Communication

Design – a word that has likely resonated with Communication Co-op students at some point. As the field of communication evolves, so do the skills that employers are looking for. Graphic design is becoming increasingly sought after, but where do you begin if you don’t have any prior knowledge? Ryan has you covered with his tips on how to go from design zero to design hero in your next job search! 

By: Ryan Lee 1556 reads | 0 comments
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How to Build a LinkedIn Profile in 2 Hours

Career Services

Why should you bother spending 2 hours to make a LinkedIn profile? In this blog, Joanne talks about about her experience using LinkedIn and Lynda.com to build her online presence. 

By: Joanne J Lui 1161 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Geography Co-op Student Finds Family Connection, Guides Canadian Veterans at 100-year Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

International Co-op

This article was originally published on SFU News on April 10, 2017.

By: Ian Bryce 993 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Office: 3 ways to ease the transition from student to staff at SFU

Communique

So you’ve just landed your Co-op position at SFU. You’re excited, and eager to get going – but somewhere along the way, you might notice that working at your home school and studying there can be an entirely different experience. Sally Arang shares her tips on how to make the transition from a student to an employee of SFU as seamlessly as possible. 

By: Sally Arang 1279 reads | 0 comments
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