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Fight the Struggle of Finding Your First Placement: Being Open to Opportunities When Seeking Your First Co-op Work Term

Communique

Having one year and four months of co-op experience, Shem Navalta is now determined to reach his dream job after graduation. However, before finding his first co-op placement two years ago, Shem found himself frustrated that his “ideal” job wasn’t available to him. In this post, Shem talks about his experience with searching for his first co-op job and provides advice on how to be open to opportunities that will help you grow. 

By: Shem Navalta 228 reads | 0 comments
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5 Career Lessons I Learned From Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone

Communique

Kelly shares how her experience with SFU YWIB helped her in her career.  Find out what 5 lessons she learned, and what lessons you should know!

By: Kelly Furey 1134 reads | 0 comments
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How to Land a Co-op When You’ve Only Flipped Burgers

Co-operative Education

…or only possess experience in an entry level position. Madison lists 5 helpful tips that she learned from the process of applying to co-op positions with little to no true professional experience.  While it’s definitely harder, what’s life without a little challenge?

By: Madison Edge 127 reads | 0 comments
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How I Stepped Out of my Comfort Zone and Embraced Life Abroad

Co-operative Education

Looking to maximize your time abroad and integrate with locals, but nervous to take the first few steps? Read on to learn how I broke through my personal barriers, and the advice I have for future travellers to make the most of their work term overseas.

By: Kendra Lodewyke 215 reads | 0 comments
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Connections, Connections, Connections: The Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Co-op

BC Children's Hospital

For me, co-op is about learning what I can’t learn in school. After three co-op terms, I firmly believe everyone in your workplace can – and should – be viewed as a valuable resource. Each person has something to teach you – life skills, career tips, something – you just have to figure out what it is! 

By: Carlie Penner 316 reads | 1 comments
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What I Learned From Going Back to Kindergarten

Occupational Therapist

I spent a year working in a special needs kindergarten classroom and learned endless career and life skills to help me work towards my goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist.

By: Erin O’Neil 387 reads | 1 comments
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Technical Writing: A Day to Day Work Flow

Co-op Reflections

What is the role of a technical writer? And what do you do working as one? Communication Co-op student Brent Restivo answers these questions, outlining the work flow of a typical technical writing project and taking you step-by-step through an actual on-the-job scenario.

 

By: Brent Restivo 561 reads | 1 comments
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The Panel Interview: 5 Things You Should Know

Panel Interview

When you think of an “interview”, do you normally think of a one on one interview? That’s what I used to think of.  However, as a co-op student you might experience panel interviews.  Read on to find out what you should know before a panel interview. 

By: npope 444 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons to Write a Co-op Reflection for the OLC

Co-op

You might have noticed some amazing co-op stories written by your fellow peers on the OLC, but have you ever considered sharing your story?  Here are five reasons why you should write for the OLC.

By: npope 859 reads | 1 comments
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I’m on a (big big) boat

Communication, Art and Technology

The company I work for thought it was a great idea to throw me out to sea on a large vessel to test out filming at sea.  It worked out. Here’s the story.

By: Solomon Hsu 865 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from a Marketing Communications Professional: Ryan Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications at Blenz Coffee

Co-operative Education

Director of marketing and communications for Blenz Coffee and graduate of SFU’s Public Relations Certificate program, Ryan Paulson shares invaluable advice about the modern communication industry – including his own career path, what he looks for in new-hires, as well as tips for current SFU Communication students in order to be professionally competitive after graduation.

By: Kendal Crawford 751 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond the BC bubble: My co-op term in Burma (Myanmar)

Arts and Social Sciences

In a country filled with monks, crazy drivers, and frequent power outages, things were different living in Burma. After four months, it started to feel a bit like home. Here’s a glimpse into my unique experience as a political intern for the Embassy of Canada to Burma (Myanmar). 

By: Layla Clarkson 780 reads | 0 comments
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Interviewing Human Resources – How Employers Decide who to Interview

CSI Blog

Have you ever wondered why you never got a callback for that interview? Or perhaps, you’re wondering how you can make sure that you do get called in the future. Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to increase your chances of getting an interview? I sat down with a Human Resources professional to find out how he evaluates resumes and select who to interview. 

By: Daniel Cooper 1016 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being Smart Isn’t Enough

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

You meet a lot of intelligent people working in research, but intelligence isn’t going to get you far as a researcher. The ability to communicate with your peers and to external viewers is critical to being successful. Read on as I share my experience working amongst research lab groups and why it’s a valuable skill to be able to communicate to those both in and outside your field.

By: Charlie Bennett 604 reads | 0 comments
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Fun at SAP

Communication, Art and Technology

Giselle Li had great experiences doing her co-op at SAP. In this article, she recorded one of her setbacks during work and how she resolved it.  She also shares what it is like to work at SAP and the events and opportunities that are available there. 

By: Giselle Li 856 reads | 0 comments
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Improve Your Writing With Five Simple Steps

personal development

Whether you’re pursuing a career in writing or not, excellent writing and communication skills are often at the top of the list when it comes to job qualifications. Here are five simple steps you can take in order to drastically improve your writing and set yourself apart from other applicants in a highly competative job market. 

By: Lina Kunina 699 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteering for SFU Relay for Life

Company/Organization Spotlight

Learn about my experiences volunteering for SFU Relay for Life. As an organizing committee volunteer you develop leadership skills, plan and execute an event, and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with cancer. If you are seeking a leadership role, enjoy event planning, fundraising or promoting, then SFU Relay for Life may be the right fit for you! 

By: Manal Masud 573 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering a new campus

Co-operative Education

Puppy Therapy, Laughter Yoga, and Knitting Clubs - need I say more? After eight months of working as the Marketing and Communications Assistant with SFU Health and Counselling, I’ve been able to help plan and promote all these great programs on campus. 

By: Megan Lo 730 reads | 0 comments
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Time invested pays dividends for SFU Co-op student award-winner

Biological Sciences

Simon Fraser University co-op student Laramie Ferguson is B.C.’s 2014 Co-op Student of the Year in the university category.

By: Justin Wong 615 reads | 0 comments
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Teaching English Abroad: Skill Improvements for Any Career

Co-op

Have you ever wanted to live and work abroad but could “never” find something career related?  Well, in my opinion, what you “could not find” might actually be right in front of your eyes.  There are countless opportunities for students to live abroad while teaching English.  You just might be surprised at what occupational skills you might be able to extract from such a position.  Have a read of my article to find out.

By: Nick Crivici 749 reads | 0 comments
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