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Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

Communication, Art and Technology

Written during Liz's time at her international Co-op with the International Paralympic Committee, learn how it was a dream come true as it helped her grow both professionally and personally.

By: Liz Montroy 46 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Experience Pays Career Dividends

Professional Development

Communications graduate Kelly Furey, shares how co-op helped her develop a career before graduation. 

By: Justin Wong 241 reads | 0 comments
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For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Career Exploration

Starting in a new workplace as an introvert can seem like a terrifying thing. Even though Camille would much rather hide behind the camera and observe, she knew that the easy way out doesn’t EVER produce the most growth and value. Truly seeking a growth-oriented mindset brings along with it the need to stretch our comfort zones. With that being said, she wants to share her tips in hopes that they can help other blossoming wallflowers to pursue excellence despite the discomfort social situations may often bring.

By: Camille Reyes 420 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Organized With Bullet Journaling

Co-op

Many of us like nice stationary because they give us a sense of productivity. This was true for Melissa as she went into her co-op work term. However, she soon experienced firsthand that the illusion of productivity and actual productivity are, unfortunately, two very different things. Through this experience, she has learnt how to efficiently balance out her work flow and gives her tips for keeping organized and planing ahead for the week.

By: Melissa Nelson 286 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Co-operative Education

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 students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

By: admin 979 reads | 0 comments
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Employers are Out There, and They are Looking for YOU

Networking

We are all used to hearing of the impossibility of finding a career after university, and that our degree alone is not a golden ticket to landing that dream job after graduation. In order to obtain our dream jobs, we need to suppliment our education with work experience. While it can seem like a daunting task to find work experience, it may be easier than you think. Jessica shares her story of how she came to realize the amazing career opprotunities around her. It is just about knowing where to look for them!

By: Jessica Wall 558 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Communique

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 695 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 986 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

Professional Development

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 1847 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Working Students

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 1211 reads | 0 comments
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Finding That Work Culture Fit

art

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 1368 reads | 0 comments
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Quick Guide to Staying Fashionable in the Office

During the Work Term

Working in an office doesn't necessarily mean that your fashion choices will be narrowed down to a monocromatic palette and clothes that make you seem significantly older than you actually are. Be creative with patterns, try a new hair style, maybe even bring back a vintage look. Harlene has you covered for all your workplace fashion needs with her quick guide on how to look great while still looking professional in the workplace.

By: Harlene Trias 1523 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Take The Time to Discover Your Career Paths

Working Students

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Well, that may not be an easy question to answer. From an early age, Lisa had always envisioned becoming a doctor, but that quickly shifted after staring her first year at SFU. If there’s one piece of advice she could give you, it’s that University is not the fabled be-all and end-all of your career path. 

By: Lisa Dimyadi 1515 reads | 0 comments
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7 Ways Internships are Like All You Can Eat Buffets

Marketing

Working in many different Co-op positions can be analogous with sampling everything at an all you can eat buffet. You see some things that really catch your eye, and some things you know you absolutely won’t like. But the fact of the matter is, you probably won’t know exactly what every single dish will taste like until you opt in to trying it. With Co-op, it’s much the same – you probably have an idea of what you want to do, but trying something entirely new might surprise you and pique your interest for future career options.

By: Andrea Ton 1620 reads | 0 comments
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Design Zero to Design Hero

graphic design

Design – a word that has likely resonated with Communication Co-op students at some point. As the field of communication evolves, so do the skills that employers are looking for. Graphic design is becoming increasingly sought after, but where do you begin if you don’t have any prior knowledge? Ryan has you covered with his tips on how to go from design zero to design hero in your next job search! 

By: Ryan Lee 2712 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Office: 3 ways to ease the transition from student to staff at SFU

Communication, Art and Technology

So you’ve just landed your Co-op position at SFU. You’re excited, and eager to get going – but somewhere along the way, you might notice that working at your home school and studying there can be an entirely different experience. Sally Arang shares her tips on how to make the transition from a student to an employee of SFU as seamlessly as possible. 

By: Sally Arang 1579 reads | 0 comments
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How to Stay Sane While Balancing Three Jobs

Communication

For many, trying to find the fine balance between work, school, and life can be an everyday challenge. Try taking on three jobs at once! Juvina Silvestre shares her tips on how to stay organized (and sane) while juggling around all your responsibilities.

By: Juvina Silvestre 3032 reads | 0 comments
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Reconciliation at INAC: Towards a Renewed Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Your Next Co-op

As someone who has always been passionately engaged with both political and social issues, a job with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada checked two very important boxes. Little did I know, it would teach me much more than I could have ever expected. 

By: Michelle Raine 2493 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing Whether to Extend Your Co-op Placement? 6 Tips to Help You Make the Decision

making connections

A couple months into your Co-op placement and your manager comes up to you and asks you to stay and work with them for another semester? What do you do? If you’re having a hard time deciding, Michelle Raine is here to offer her six tips in helping you decide whether or not to take that extension.

By: Michelle Raine 1615 reads | 0 comments
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Videography: From Hobby to Career

During the Work Term

Something that first starts out as a hobby may eventually grow into a highly tangible skill that is valued in the eyes of potential employers. For Jessica, she never considered her ability to create stories from videos would be good enough to pursue a career in it. But that all changed when Vancouver Coastal Health called and offered her a position as a videographer.

By: Jessica Fan 2078 reads | 0 comments
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