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How to Shine When Working in a Team

Communication

“How in the world will I be able to add value to this team?” This was my initial (and pessimistic) reaction upon hearing that I would be working with 9 other individuals in the Donor Relations & Events team at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. 

By: Kevin Truong 8696 reads | 0 comments
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Secrets of a Successful Co-op Interview

Communication, Art and Technology

Interviews: one of the terrifying barriers blocking your path from a great job that your whole academic career has been working towards. When competing for coveted co-op positions, keep these five interview tips in mind to raise the bar!

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Why Work for a Startup Company?

Co-operative Education

ePACT Network changed my perspective on what it takes to be a professional communicator, and enabled me to mature, grow and develop my skills.  What I’m saying above all else is, if you’re interested in pushing the boundaries of your Communication degree; consider working for a start-up company.

By: Karen Ho 6452 reads | 0 comments
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Why Working for SFU Was My Best Decision

Co-operative Education

My impression of co-op was that it was supposed to be a way in which to explore the challenging world outside of school; consequently, working at my school felt comfortable, and limited. At this point, after a rewarding four months, it is impossible for me to think of my experience as limited.

By: Dorcas Yeung 5562 reads | 0 comments
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Prescribing Advice for New Communicators

Co-operative Education

Shifting from academic writing to professional writing is a challenge, but it is worth seeing through. To help you master the shift from academic, to corporate writing styles, I have compiled a list of 5 important pieces of advice relevant for any budding communicator.

By: Chelsea Noel 5711 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips for Staying Healthy Away from Home

Communication, Art and Technology

When I first settled into my new scene in Calgary four months ago, I was excited: I had a place to stay, loved my workplace, found the closest Bernard Callebaut chocolatier and even had my grandma set up on Skype. Everything was great. Four weeks later, I developed Shingles.

By: Heather Jang 8578 reads | 0 comments
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Transitioning into a New Co-op Job

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Transitioning into a new workplace can be a very nerve-racking experience. Being in the customer service industry for over ten years and starting my first Co-op term in an office environment last fall, I found myself nervous and anxious, and overthinking how my first week would go. Would I be able to handle it? Would I be good at it? 

By: Brianne Chinery 4270 reads | 0 comments
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The Triumphant Transition: Tips for the Exciting First Week

Workplace Success

The first week is often the most stressful for students on their first, second or even sixth work term. Coming from a successful transition into the workplace on his first co-op work term at BCNET, Samuel shares some of his top tips for the first week.

 

By: Samuel Gorski 6973 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Improve your Writing? Start Here

Workplace Success

Want to improve your writing? Remember the 5 W's. Gillian Hobbs is a veteran co-op student studying Communication and shares how she transitioned her academic writing into different types of writing.

By: Gillian Hobbs 5493 reads | 0 comments
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Tips to Conquer the Professional Side of Social Media

Communique

Social Media is an increasingly large part of our everyday lives, even in the workplace. Alex shares her story of how she overcame the challenge of using social media in a professional environment and why including your social media skills on your resume is never a bad thing.

By: Alex Lowe 5188 reads | 0 comments
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Charting the Unknown: Technical Writing

Work Search

Every semester, co-op students have access to a variety of job postings on the co-op job board. Some jobs, such as technical writing, often appear and have you wondering what that really means. Kristine was hired on as a technical writer for her last co-op term and writes about the job and what it entails.

By: Kristine Hur 7742 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op?

Professional Development

Being a co-op student was just what Andrea needed- except she didn't know it when she first began her co-op search. Read on to learn about how her co-op experience changed her perspective on seeking practical job experience while still in school and how it helped her application to Semester in Dialouge.

By: Andrea Sanchez 5360 reads | 0 comments
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Spotlight on a Loaned Representative - Averyl Bancroft

Company/Organization Spotlight

Averyl Bancroft spent her co-op workterm as a Loaned Representative,as well as one of the United Way's Care-y mascots! As part of the United Way Spotlight series she shares her experience about the Loaned Rep program taking her out of her comfort zone.

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Interview Woes

Co-op Reflections

So you have been shortlisted for an interview, what do you do next?  Take a deep breath, gather your thoughts and do some research!  Preparation and confidence are key, but what happens when this isn't enough?

By: Stephanie Chow 5670 reads | 0 comments
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Small Town Co-op Experience

Personal Development

This city girl experienced small town life during her most recent work term.  Whether it was harvesting plants and herbs in the forest or learning the differences between corporate and small business, Yuliya strived to succeed!  Read on to learn more about her brave journey in small town Ontario. 

By: Yuliya Vitsenkova 5970 reads | 0 comments
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Communication Portfolios

Communique

Hear what this co-op student had to say about the Communication Co-op's annual "Get the Edge" event.  This years focus was all about portfolios!  Read on to see what communication professionals have to say about the importance of having a portfolio and creating a personal brand.

By: Caitlin Dawson 12440 reads | 0 comments
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Surviving Your First Co-op

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Some of our co-op experiences will prove more challenging than others.  Facing challenges and overcoming difficulties is all part of learning, read some helpful tips from this co-op student who faced it all.

By: Megan Heesterman 7087 reads | 0 comments
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Being a Space Man is Something I Have to Do

Communique

Fear, anxiety, intimidation, excitement and doubt.  This is exactly how most student feel when they secure their first work term!  Starting a new job is hard even at the best of times, but learning how to cope and make friends makes things a lot easier.  Stay friendly, smile and read on for more.

By: Stephanie Ngo 5189 reads | 0 comments
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Conquering my fears of the Adobe Creative Suite

Co-op Reflections

Finding it hard to find a co-op job that doesn't require any web or design skills?  Read on if you're interested in learning how this co-op student conquered her fears and learned how to make the most of her work term using the design skills she learned in just a few short weeks! 

By: Kaylee Leitch 5232 reads | 0 comments
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Making the Most of Your Work Term

Co-operative Education

Make the most of your co-op workterm by reaching out to co-workers and fellow co-op students.  Learn the best ways to connect with the people you work with and maybe make some new friends in the process.  You never know who is going to be a useful contact in the future!

By: Rosie Sidle 10261 reads | 0 comments
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