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Give Agency a Chance: Why You Should Consider a Work Term in an Agency

Co-op Reflections

Ever consider working for a communications agency? Terence Chu certainly has. Currently in a co-op position for global communications consulting agency FleishmanHillard, Terence presents three reasons why working in an agency is a wise career move.

By: Terence Chu 7903 reads | 0 comments
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Working on a Tiny Communications Team

Communication, Art and Technology

This summer, Ashley Gregerson landed her dream co-op position as the Communications Assistant for the City of White Rock. Here, she worked as part of a small communications team consisting of only two staff. Ashley shares what she learned and what you can expect joining a tiny Communications Department.

By: Ashley Gregerson 7342 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op in an Office Environment is EXACTLY Like School

Vancouver Canucks

Having completed several months in her first co-op placement with the Vancouver Canucks, Erica Lamb shares some similarities between student and work life and advice for navigating the transition between the two. 

 

By: Erica Lamb 7307 reads | 0 comments
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Taking on the Challenge of Design

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For Samit Bariana, design was always the most challenging aspect of working in communications. That was until he completed a design-related project during his co-op work term with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

By: Samit Bariana 8202 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons To Accept a Co-op Work Term Extension

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Communication Co-op student Kit Crowe gives you 5 good reasons why you should accept that co-op work term extension. 

By: Kit Crowe 8210 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Not What Your Communication Degree Can Do for You; It’s What You Can Do For Your Communication Degree

Co-op

For some employers today, a degree has become the minimum requirement for most entry-level jobs. Having spoke with this year's winner of the SCOY Award of Merit, Terence Chu, the solution to this conundrum, for me, became apparent.  

By: Chris McCluskie 12974 reads | 0 comments
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You Get Out What You Put In: Portfolio, Contacts, Resume

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Moving through your work term, it is valuable to consider what you will take from your co-op experience that will benefit your future career. Kimberly Blair recommends keeping three things in mind: portfolio, contacts, and resume.

By: KLC Blair 10502 reads | 0 comments
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CMNSU Alumni Feature: Alumni Interview – Jeff Scheffel

Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Scheffel, Community Developer at Volunteer Burnaby, discusses the diversity of a job in the not-for-profit sector, the importance of collaboration, volunteering, and encourages Communication students not to underestimate their skillset. 

By: Kasia Cookson 8209 reads | 0 comments
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Fight the Struggle of Finding Your First Placement: Being Open to Opportunities When Seeking Your First Co-op Work Term

Professional Development

Before finding his first co-op placement, Shem Navalta 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 8120 reads | 0 comments
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5 Career Lessons I Learned From Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone

Young Women in Business

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 7568 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing: A Day to Day Work Flow

Communication, Art and Technology

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, outlines the work flow of a typical technical writing project and takes you step-by-step through an actual on-the-job scenario.

 

By: Brent Restivo 10592 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from a Marketing Communications Professional: Ryan Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications at Blenz Coffee

Alumni Spotlight

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 – his own career path, what he looks for in new-hires and tips for current SFU Communication students to be professionally competitive after graduation.

By: Kendal Crawford 13026 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond the BC bubble: My co-op term in Burma (Myanmar)

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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 6240 reads | 0 comments
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Improve Your Writing With Five Simple Steps

Professional Development

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

By: Lina Kunina 8260 reads | 0 comments
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CMNSU's Alumni Interview Mashup: Collective Lessons Across the Board II

Communication, Art and Technology

CMNSU's second alumni interview mashup is here! Check it out for the best of our alumni's career-advancing tips and strateges, and gain insight into what it takes to get the kind of job that’s right for you.

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 13156 reads | 0 comments
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Navigating a Naturally Extroverted World: The Introvert's Guide to the Communication Workplace

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Being a Communication major, people tend to automatically assume you have this gargantuan, larger than life personality, and that you’re just a natural people-person. But what about those of us who are, what some might call, introverts?

By: Amanda Chew 10476 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Showcase: CMNSU Interviews Carolyn Baldridge at Metro Vancouver Transit Police

Where Are They Now?

A communication strategy is something that virtually every organization needs, but what kind of work does it entail for the people responsible for crafting and executing it?

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 7730 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons I Learned about Adjusting to Life Abroad

French

I was a bit nervous at first about leaving the city life behind, but I soon came to realize that the change would be a great new adventure. I feel incredibly lucky to live abroad in a small town, because I get to experience and immerse myself in a uniquely French culture.

By: Rachel Osterman 6157 reads | 0 comments
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Starting From Scratch in the World of IT: The #1 Tip to Remember

BCNET

Don’t see your need to ask questions as a sign of weakness or incompetency, but as a way to learn and grow. Your Co-op supervisor understands that most of us go into these internships as beginners.

By: Carmen Chen 10423 reads | 0 comments
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A Fish on Land: Adjusting to a Company’s Work Culture

Co-op Reflections

Nervous heart palpitations, a piercing adrenaline rush, and a case of the stutters; like many Co-op students on their first day at work, I had just been asked to present an introductory speech in front of my colleagues.

By: Fiona Leung 12455 reads | 0 comments
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