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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 318 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Peter Gzowski Internship

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 fellow students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

By: admin 261 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Alpha Technologies Ltd.

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

By: Vadim Tsarkov 270 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Safe Software Inc.

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 192 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Co-op

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 566 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Technology & Innovation

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 387 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Co-op

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 283 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

Lifelong Learning

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 655 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Psychology

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 526 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

Co-operative Education

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 437 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

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 328 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Passport to Leadership

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 708 reads | 0 comments
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From Lecture Hall to Elementary Classroom: An Unforgettable Experience

Co-operative Education

After an amazing experience with Mediated Learning Academy, I realized that sometimes it takes being in back in an elementary school classroom to remind ourselves of where we learned the most important rules and values about life. 

By: Emily Li 554 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 735 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

Co-operative Education

When you’re starting off in a new workplace, it can be daunting talking to people who carry the title of CEO, director, and everything in between. While you may feel like a small potato compared to the big spud, it’s important to remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Lindsay shares her story on why your future self will thank you for building your connections early on through Co-op.

By: Lindsay Wu 1373 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

International Co-op

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 1222 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

ENGAGE

The term leadership has become a buzzword when describing one’s abilities and skillsets, but leadership is an imperative skill that can give you a competitive edge. Matthew offers three ways to convey this skill to employers when looking for work. 

By: Matthew Furtado 720 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

Business

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 1531 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Career Exploration

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 711 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

career exploration

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

By: Alexandra Lukac 543 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Personal Development

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 894 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 1309 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

BPK 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 493 reads | 0 comments
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Fusion Festival

OLC Blog

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 1007 reads | 0 comments
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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

Professional Development

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 960 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Co-op

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 558 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Co-op Reflections

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 649 reads | 0 comments
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Finding That Work Culture Fit

Personal Development

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 790 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Co-operative Education

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 1661 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

TaLK

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 741 reads | 0 comments
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