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4 Things No One Will Tell You in a Co-op Term

Co-operative Education

Co-op is a great learning space for young adults to navigate how to transition from student to work life. After successfully completing a year of co-op education, and with a job lined up after graduation, here is what Katheryna has learned that she will gladly carry over to her professional career.

By: Katheryna Khong 341 reads | 0 comments
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WildBrain Co-op Award Kick-Starts 30 SFU Student Careers

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

Naomi Chao never thought it would be possible to intern at tech giants Microsoft, Adobe and SAP before she even graduated. It was the WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) Co-op Award that made this possible. Read more to learn about how this award is changing Co-op students' lives.

By: admin 1679 reads | 0 comments
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(Baby) Stepping Into the Real World: How to Implement Overused Clichés into Your Plan to Kill it on a Work Term

Co-op Reflections

"Okay, so you land a Co-op position after sending out what feels like millions of resumes and sweating through multiple carefully curated interview outfits. The hard part is over! Or is it?" Read Emily's piece on how accurate clichés can be, and how to use them to your advantage when entering the workforce.

By: Emily Prosperi-Porta 636 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing SFU Beyond the Classroom

International

Classes only make up half of the university experience; the rest is what you make of it.” Join Emily as she depicts her experience outside of the classroom with co-op, study abroad, and semester in dialogue.

By: Emily Sweeney 1877 reads | 0 comments
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A Guide to Becoming Successful in the Accounting Field

Co-op

A year ago, Yuchen was a full-time student without any work experience. After a long time, she landed my first Co-op position. Here are Yuchen's 5 tips for transitioning from being a student to working in the field as an accountant.

By: Yuchen Ni 859 reads | 0 comments
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What is It Like to Work at Your Own School?

Co-operative Education

A lot of Oliver's friends and classmates would talk about wanting to travel away and work in new and novel places. Oliver didn't feel the same way. In this blog post, he shares his reasoning for staying at SFU and why he always wanted to work where he studied.

By: Oliver Taw 633 reads | 0 comments
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Breaking Through Preconceived Assumptions

Co-op Reflections

Deciding which Co-op opportunity to select can be challenging when there’s so many possibilities with different industries. Christina shares what it's like to work in an unexpecting industry and how she learned to pick up new experiences while learning on the job and integrating herself within the workplace.  

By: Christina Lei 1001 reads | 0 comments
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Digital Flourishing: How to Support Your Well-being in a Digital World

SFU Health and Counselling Services

Digital technology has become a staple in all aspects of our daily lives. As a result, it is necessary to embed practices and boundaries that promote mindful usages of technology. Check out Health & Counselling Services’ tips on how to support your well-being in this digital world.

By: Health & Counselling Services 1178 reads | 0 comments
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Practicing Resilience during the Pandemic

COVID 19

Sarah, the only design and marketing coordinator at her workplace, found herself in a tough spot when she had to shift to working from home. Here's what she learned on her journey to becoming resilient and adaptable while transitioning. 

By: Sarah Kim 449 reads | 0 comments
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What to Expect while Seeking your First Co-op: An Interview with 3 Co-op Students

Co-op Reflections

Saraan interviews Co-op students, So Hyun Park, Roop Gill, and Haoyang Zhang about what it was like applying and seeking for their first co-op work term. They share the challenges they faced during their seeking semesters and their advice for other fellow students who are pursuing their first co-ops. 

By: Saraan Jiwani 613 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Managing Multiple Roles in One Co-op Term

Co-operative Education

The field of communications is very broad, and as a result, you may be asked to manage multiple roles in your Co-op position. In this article Abhinav will take you through the lessons he has learned and his greatest tips for managing a multifaceted position.

By: Abhinav Menon 532 reads | 0 comments
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Adapting in Times of Uncertainty – The Secret to Controlling the Things We Can’t Control

Pandemic

Holly thought she knew what was in store for her as she started her second semester work term with the First Nations Health Authority. What she wasn't quite expecting was the abrupt shift to remote working halfway through. Check out Holly's secret tip she discovered about controlling unsteady circumstances. 

By: Holly Kang 294 reads | 0 comments
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A Day in My Life Working from Home

Business

Yin Teng Ho shares what a typical day in the life looks like as a coop student working in the Information Technical Solutions department at home. She gives a brief overview of what her day looks like now since starting remote working, some of the challenges she personally faced, and how she is dealing with them.

By: Yin Teng Ho 1404 reads | 0 comments
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"Why would ever you choose to work in India?”

Co-operative Education

Despite the warnings and worries of her friends and family, Serena set off on an adventure, accepting a co-op position on the other side of the world, in India, and she has no regrets. Sometimes in order to grow we need to challenge ourselves, and Serena did just that.

By: Serena Bonneville 624 reads | 0 comments
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From Dishwashing to Project Management – Why I Did Five Co-op Work Terms

SAP

In his first job, Graham worked as a dishwasher. Now, he just completed his fifth co-op work term as a Project Coordinator for Translation at SAP. Graham describes what his co-op journey has been and what he's learned along the way.

By: Graham Morrison 528 reads | 0 comments
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SPARK Foundation: The Journey to Establishing a Non-Profit Organization with eCoop

Arts and Social Sciences

Rochelle describes what her journey has been as a startup founder for the non-profit organization, SPARK Foundation. Check out what she has to say about where the origins of the social enterprise came from and where they are headed in the future.

By: Rochelle Prasad 337 reads | 0 comments
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Tips on Surviving Your Co-op Work Term

Co-operative Education

Embarking on 8 month work term with Fraser Health, Karman came across valuable life lessons from working as a HR Representative. Read on to learn more about what you should keep in mind when settling into your new workplace environment.

By: Karman Badesha 265 reads | 0 comments
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Working at a Scale-up Company: Three Things I’ve Learned

Co-op

As Priscilla learned, working at a scale-up company comes with valuable lessons and takeaways but also unique challenges. Read on to learn more about what she learned from her time working as a Strategy Intern.

By: Priscilla Lam 240 reads | 0 comments
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How to Build a Routine: Choose your Strategy

COVID-19

With more distractions around at home, it can be easy to catch yourself procrastinating or avoiding tasks. Read the Health Peers’ blog to learn strategies on how to build a routine to manage your time and stress better! 

By: Aleisha Fernandes, Emma Juergensen, and Sarah Chae 1043 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Started on a Routine: Recipe for Wellness

Mental Health

Through creating an efficient routine, you can better accomplish things that need to be done within a shorter amount of time and allow yourself to do activities that you enjoy doing. Read the Health Peers’ blog to learn their recipe on how to build a routine to better manage your stress and wellbeing!

By: Aleisha Fernandes, Emma Juergensen, and Sarah Chae 868 reads | 0 comments
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An Open Letter To My Chronic Pain

Mental Health

Diana Smith pens a series of poignant and moving letters addressed to her chronic pain. A must-read to better understand from a personal perspective what it is like to live with chronic pain.

By: Diana Smith 444 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Corporate World as an International student

Co-operative Education

Still not sure if co-op is for you? Chetachi explains why co-op was such a valuable experience for her and what it was like to work in the corporate world during her Economics co-op work term.

By: Chetachi Ekezie 533 reads | 0 comments
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Museums and Archives at the Grassroots: My Summer as a Collections Assistant at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Co-op Reflections

Ever wondered what’s on the other side of a museum? Take a “behind the scenes” look at working in collections and archives through Rita's co-op reflection. She discusses how the field is being transformed through engaging directly with local histories, and what it means for an institution to be run by a community that seeks to tell its own story. 

By: Rita Rahmati 347 reads | 0 comments
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Making The Best Out Of Your Work-From-Home Experience

Pandemic

Going into a co-op term, every co-op student aims to utilize this opportunity to learn and gain real work experience. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses’ working schedules have been affected. As a result, co-op students are challenged with the transition to working from home which affects both productivity and personal well-being and consequently the overall work experience. Linh Tran, a business co-op student, shares her experience on how to overcome this challenge.

By: Linh Tran 610 reads | 0 comments
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How I Survived Working from Home

Top Tip Lists

Do you dread the thought of working from home or feel like sitting at your computer all day has left you with no energy for anything else? Oderah shares how she learned to survive when her home suddenly became her workplace.

By: Oderah Rhodes 292 reads | 0 comments
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My Summer at Technical Safety BC

Arts and Social Sciences

Zahid shares what it takes to work for an government-adjacent organization and how his academic experience as a Masters of Public Policy student helped him out last summer during his graduate co-op work term.

By: Zahid Dossa 502 reads | 0 comments
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From Advising in Person to Advising at Home – My First Co-op Work Term

Pandemic

JenJen was not quite expecting to be advising fellow SFU students as a Student Academic Advisor from the comfort of her home as her very first co-op experience. Read on to learn more on how she found her stride in getting used to a new work environment as a new co-op student in unusual circumstances.

By: JenJen Chen 357 reads | 0 comments
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Taking on the Fashion Industry as a Co-op Student

Communication, Art and Technology

Movies like “The Devil Wears Prada” make the fashion industry seem extremely cool and unreachable for the everyday student to work in, but positions are out there for students to grab up. In this article Haoyang will take us through her experience working in the fashion industry and give her biggest takeaways from working with a high fashion, conceptual brand, Leisure Centre.

By: Haoyang Zhang 1160 reads | 0 comments
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Heat in Catalonia: Lessons from International Co-op

A student desperately wanting to have class outside suggested we put the decision to a vote. An overwhelming amount of hands went up for having class in the sun and I paused to think about how I could adjust my lesson plan without a chalkboard. The students saw my hesitation and said, “but Claire, don’t you believe in our right to have a democracy?”. This was when I knew I would learn a lot more than just how to teach, from my international co-op term in Catalonia.

By: Claire Patterson 497 reads | 0 comments
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5 Differences Between Non-Profit and For-Profit Communication Work Terms

Co-op Reflections

What does it mean to work at a Non-Profit versus For-Profit company? What setting would you enjoy most? In this article, Quentin will explain the differences between the two in culture, work environment, and expectations, based on his own experience working in varied co-op positions.

By: Quentin Benetti 3708 reads | 0 comments
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