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The Pros & Cons of Working for a Small Non-profit

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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 374 reads | 0 comments
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Can Ya Use Canva During a Communication Co-op Term?

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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 746 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 1107 reads | 0 comments
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Advice on Adulting your Co-op Term

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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 787 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Light at the End of the Co-op Tunnel: Dealing with Co-op Failures and Expectations in the 2020 Pandemic

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Finding a co-op placement can be quite stressful, but if you stick with it you might just find your dream position. Read John’s article on persevering through a difficult job search and making the most of a co-op placement.

By: John Luu 555 reads | 0 comments
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Working with Weebly One Day and WordPress the Next

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Things move fast in a Co-op. One day you could be working with your favorite application, completely comfortable, and the next, you'll be tasked with learning an entirely new application. This is what happened to Vanessa in her Co-op, and here's how her first placement went, as well as her favorite things about both Wordpress and Weebly - two applications you may also find yourself using in a Communication Co-op.

By: Vanessa Clarke 852 reads | 0 comments
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Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting my Marketing Communication Co-op

Co-operative Education

In this article, James details a few things he wishes he knew when he was starting out in his Marketing Communication Co-op placement. Read more to find out what James' top tips for rocking a co-op as a first-timer are. 

By: James Conn 716 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Oscar Wong

Co-operative Education

After applying to 50 jobs and going out to 12 interviews, Oscar Wong wasn’t sure he was going to land his first Co-op. Finally, on the last day of the semester, Oscar was hired at a health tech start-up for a digital marketing role and he has never looked back. Now, as a Communication alumnus working as an Internal Communications and Design Specialist at Electronic Arts, Oscar is happy to share more on how he navigated from Co-op to career. 

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

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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 1449 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-operative Education

"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 1229 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing SFU Beyond the Classroom

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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 2283 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Managing Multiple Roles in One Co-op Term

Co-op Reflections

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 854 reads | 0 comments
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"Why would ever you choose to work in India?”

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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 1008 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 1532 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 4262 reads | 0 comments
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Handling an International Co-op during a Pandemic

Co-op Reflections

Two months into your international co-op placement, a global pandemic hits. What do you do? Read Victoria’s article for tips on keeping a cool head in tough circumstances, and how to make the best of a precarious situation.

By: Victoria Kremer 1875 reads | 0 comments
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The Role of a Social Media Project Manager

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Many of us have heard of a project manager, but few of us know what this role actually entails. In this article, Bethany details what an average day might look like as a project manager, and the many steps it takes to pull a project together.

By: Bethany Ma 2502 reads | 0 comments
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Exiting my Comfort Zone While Entering a Global Business Team

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Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out of our comfort zone when it's time to transition, grow, and transform. Anna shares her story and reassures that despite the process being difficult at the beginning, it's worthy of gained skills and self-confidence.

By: Anna Khomich 1019 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on a New Kind of Uncertainty: a Note of Encouragement to Fellow Co-op Students

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"Losing your job in a pandemic is of no individual fault. COVID-19 has been one heck of a less-than-gentle reminder that each and every one of us has a stake in what sort of collective future it is that we shape through and after this difficult time. And that, is hopeful." - Read Sicellia’s reflection on the situation with our future and the future of a job market affected by the pandemic.

By: Sicellia Tsui 1411 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op During the Pandemic: Navigating Science and Uncertainty

Co-op Reflections

Read Thuy's story and learn about what you might find yourself doing as a Communication Co-op student working in a STEM organization during the global pandemic.

By: Thuy Tran 1300 reads | 0 comments
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