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Having the Best Co-op Work Experiences Even During Uncertain Times

Co-operative Education

When the COVID-19 hit, Kevin had to transition from working in person to working from home. Read on to find out what this experience was like and how Kevin was able to readjust to new working conditions. 

By: Kevin Kunimoto 70 reads | 0 comments
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The Pros & Cons of Working for a Small Non-profit

Communication, Art and Technology

Ever wondered what working for a non-profit is like? Further, have you ever wondered what working for an extremely small non-profit is like?In her article, Marisa describes what it was like to work at a youth sports-oriented non-profit where she collaborated with a small team of only three, and lists both the pros and cons of non-profit work. 

By: Marissa Raposo 351 reads | 0 comments
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A New Experience as a Co-op Student in Alberta

Co-operative Education

After a tiring semester of remote learning, Lillian decided to trade classes for work experience and adventure - in Alberta as a door-to-door salesperson.

By: Lillian Chen 184 reads | 0 comments
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How to Stay Productive During a Global Pandemic

Business

Nikolina was one of the many co-op students who had to learn how to adjust to new working conditions during COVID-19. In this article, Bikolina shares with us some tips for finding productivity during a global pandemic. 

By: Nikolina Lalic 44 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience Starting a Co-op During a Global Pandemic

Co-operative Education

As Elena enters her first co-op work term in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, she is faced with the challenges of working remotely. Read on to find out how she is able to overcome these obstacles as she shares her advice on working from home. 

By: Elena Pantazopoulos 161 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed at a Small CPA Firm

Co-operative Education

If you’re thinking about running your own CPA firm, then working at Thomas Chimick Ltd. is the perfect job for you. You get hands on experience by working directly with clients and helping them with their needs. It teaches you the basic skills that every accountant should have, such as, time management, attention to detail, and being able to take quality notes.

By: Simran Jassal 112 reads | 0 comments
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You Design, They Hold Stakes, We Make Cool Things: Becoming a Great Designer Is Simple, Right?

Professional Development

As Karen points out, students of the Interactive Arts and Technology program have been through years of design school! Designers know how to use Adobe Suite like a pro, and know to bring their A-game to the table every day, proposing fascinating new directions and brand-new visionary ideas. While designers are hired to learn and bring some ‘fresh perspectives’ to their co-op workplace, read on to learn how they can overlook some key parts of the everyday designer.

By: Karen Lim 633 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing a Co-op Offer Over Permanent Employment: How I Did It

Co-op

Vicky Leung is a Business Co-op student who found herself having to choose between the allure of a permanent position at a start-up company, which did not match the job description, and a Co-op position that was everything she imagined. Read Vicky’s 3 pieces of advice when making difficult decisions in the co-op program. 

By: Vicky Leung 116 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Productive While Working Remotely for a Health Authority

Pandemic

Working from home is a common reality for many Co-op students in the past year. Working from home while working for a Health Authority in the thick of the pandemic is a tremendous experience Kaylla went through last year. Take a look at how she learned to stay productive in these uncertain times.

By: Kaylla Paran 550 reads | 0 comments
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Can Ya Use Canva During a Communication Co-op Term?

advice

In today's world of social media and aesthetics, the ability to create eye-catching and attractive content can be essential to a communication student's success in their co-op position. The problem is, programs like Photoshop and Indesign can be daunting to learn, and expensive to own. In his blog, Fareed explores whether Canva can be used as a more accessible platform for graphic design.  

By: Fareed Yaqub 727 reads | 0 comments
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Building a Community Online: My Experience with FASS

Co-operative Education

Shahvir Sarkary is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Co-op Student who had the opportunity to work as an Events Assistant for FASS, the largest faculty on campus. Shahvir recruited & managed over 48 students for a mentorship role that supported and helped the transition of new incoming students in Fall 2020 term.

By: Shahvir Sarkary 261 reads | 0 comments
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15 Amazing Perks of Being an SFU Student

SFU Students

Not many people know about all the perks of being an SFU student, such as huge discounts, free access to normally paid services, and cheaper subscriptions to popular products. Here is a list of everything you can take advantage of as an SFU student!

 

By: Emily Feng 1102 reads | 0 comments
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10 Tips on How to Navigate the Hiring Process: An Insider's Perspective

Professional Development

Nisha’s second work term as a curriculum and programming assistant on a hiring committee for Career and Volunteer Services made her realize that with so many qualified candidates, decisions are sometimes based on the tiniest details. Here are Nisha’s 10 tips for how to stand out from other candidates and the reasons why employer’s value them.

By: Nisha Manhas 389 reads | 0 comments
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BAKHTIAR’S DECLASSIFIED CO-OP SURVIVAL GUIDE

Co-operative Education

I, Bakhtiar Yaqub, have decided to formally appoint myself as the designated Ned Bigby of Simon Fraser University. Read for tips on surviving your work term from my Declassified Co-op Survival Guide

By: Bakhtiar Yaqub 1082 reads | 0 comments
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Changemakers: How Much Impact Can You Actually Have as a Co-op Student?

Co-operative Education

The climate is changing, global health is threatened, injustices are prevalent, and you want to do something about it. Well, how much impact can you actually have as a co-op student? Here’s what Brennan found out during his work term at the BC Council for International Cooperation.

By: Brennan Strandberg-Salmon 1273 reads | 0 comments
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Advice on Adulting your Co-op Term

Life Balance

Working a new 9-to-5 can come with a pretty steep learning curve, especially if you hold on to your university-student habits. In his article, Gryfin tells us his tips for adjusting to his co-op placement (and adulthood). 

By: Grifyn McErlean 780 reads | 0 comments
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Just Trying It, Strength, and Balance: The Biggest Lessons From My 1st Co-op Term

Co-operative Education

Your first Co-op work term comes with a lot of valuable lessons and take-aways that stick with you throughout your professional career. For Emily, these lessons include just doing it, finding your strengths and striking a work-life balance. Read on to learn more.

By: Emily Lam 892 reads | 0 comments
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Wrapping Up 2020: Our Top 12 Inspirational Blog Articles

Personal Development

2020 has been an unprecedented and extraordinary year. What we at the OLC have been pleasantly surprised by is how inspiring our contributing authors have been. Many of our posts touched on the reality of the pandemic, but they were written from a place of positivity and resilience. To wrap up 2020 at the SFU OLC, we've curated our top 12 inspiring posts and summarized how they can continue to inspire you in the New Year.

By: Seerit Hara 448 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get the Research Experience You Need to Kickstart Your Career

OLC Blog

Gaining research experience, for many, is the first step to forging a rewarding career path in many fields across SFU. But are you confused about how to get the research experience you need? In this blog, Des’ree shares some helpful tips that help you find great research opportunities.

By: Des'ree Isibor 1635 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Balance: My Experience as a Full-time Co-op and Varsity Athlete

Co-operative Education

Does working 40 hours a week seem tiring? Try adding 15 to 18 hours of strenuous running, weightlifting, stretching and physiotherapy. Carlos takes you through his journey as a varsity track athlete while completing an eight-month co-op with Streamline Athletes. 

By: Louis-Carlos Vargas Rocheleau 301 reads | 0 comments
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