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How to Kick the Procrastination Monkey and Take the Wheel

Co-op Reflections

Staying focused and getting things done can be something we all struggle with, especially when both work and play are online. What, then, is the "procrastination monkey", and how can you overcome the distraction it brings? Clarissa explains how to kick the monkey to the curb, and take control of your time and work. 

By: Clarissa Yap 134 reads | 0 comments
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Why You Should Consider Applying to Co-op Jobs Unrelated to Your Academic Background

International

Like many other seeking Co-op students, Leslie struggled to find a co-op job that was relevant to her interests. While her friends were all able to eventually land jobs, Leslie started to feel more anxious and insecure about obtaining an opportunity. Here's how she turned the tables and found a job outside of her initial interests.

By: Leslie Hoang 136 reads | 0 comments
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The Job-Hunting Journey: Portfolios and Soft Skills

Communication, Art and Technology

Are you a SIAT Co-op student in the seeking process? Read Michelle's article on the job-hunting journey, and how with a strong portfolio and exemplary soft skills, you can excel in your interviews!

By: Michelle Swolfs 146 reads | 0 comments
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The Path Towards My Dream Job at Tesla

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Rick has wanted to work for Tesla ever since he started his undergrad degree at SFU. The path to Tesla hasn't been easy nor straightforward. Read on to learn how Rick's previous Co-op opportunities set him up for success when landing an internship in the Bay Area.

By: Rick Lin 194 reads | 0 comments
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8 Reasons Why You Should Consider an 8-month Co-op Placement

Top Tip Lists

Emir was asked during his Co-op hiring interview if he would consider an 8-month placement. He was anxious about making it through 4 months, never mind 8. But soon enough the third month came around and Emir has a second chance to consider an extension. Here are his 8 reasons for why you should a Co-op extension.

By: Emir Avci 208 reads | 0 comments
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After the Work Term Ends: 6 Tips for Turning that Co-op Position into a Part Time Job

Co-op Reflections

The end of a Co-op work term doesn't necessarily mean the end of your relationship with the organiziation you had been working for. Jaclyn found a way to turn her Co-op opportunity, a 8 month Co-op at FISPAN, into a part time gig when she went back to school to finish her degree. Read on to learn how she pitched her new role and position to the company she'd done a Co-op work term with.

By: Jaclyn Rainbow 107 reads | 0 comments
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How Should We and Our Employers Prepare for Remote Working?

Co-op Reflections

In a highly uncertain pandemic, working from home has become the new normal. Read about Emily's co-op experience with Sierra Wireless and find out what we can do to better our experience with remote working, both as an employer and an employee.

By: ZhiTong Zeng (Emily Zeng) 283 reads | 0 comments
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Having the Best Co-op Work Experiences Even During Uncertain Times

Professional Development

When the COVID-19 hit, Kevin had to transition from working in person to working from home. Read on to find out what this experience was like and how Kevin was able to readjust to new working conditions. 

By: Kevin Kunimoto 204 reads | 0 comments
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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business — Things That Went Wrong for Us | Part Three

SFU Venture Connection

Sometimes, things don't go as well as expected when launching a start-up business. David explains in Part Three of his blog series just what went wrong and what fellow peers should look out for if you're also interested in developing a business.

By: David Waizel 92 reads | 0 comments
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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business — Advice for Upcoming SFU Entrepreneurs | Part Two

Communication, Art and Technology

Interested in starting a business but don’t know where to start? David explains in Part Two of his blog series what worked for him during his time establishing a start-up business. Read on to learn what tips he shares about the process of beginning your entrepreneurial journey. 

By: David Waizel 101 reads | 0 comments
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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business — How It All Started | Part One

Co-operative Education

Interested in starting a business but don’t know where to start? Don’t know if you can handle it because you’re a student? David has gone through it and succeeded in some ways while failing in others. Learn from his experience in this blog post so you can avoid making the same mistakes. 

By: David Waizel 170 reads | 0 comments
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The Pros & Cons of Working for a Small Non-profit

Co-operative Education

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 484 reads | 0 comments
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A New Experience as a Co-op Student in Alberta

Business

After a tiring semester of remote learning, Lillian decided to trade classes for work experience and adventure - in Alberta as a door-to-door salesperson.

By: Lillian Chen 216 reads | 0 comments
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How to Stay Productive During a Global Pandemic

Co-operative Education

Nikolina was one of the many co-op students who had to learn how to adjust to new working conditions during COVID-19. In this article, Bikolina shares with us some tips for finding productivity during a global pandemic. 

By: Nikolina Lalic 77 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience Starting a Co-op During a Global Pandemic

Co-op Reflections

As Elena enters her first co-op work term in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, she is faced with the challenges of working remotely. Read on to find out how she is able to overcome these obstacles as she shares her advice on working from home. 

By: Elena Pantazopoulos 186 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed at a Small CPA Firm

Business

If you’re thinking about running your own CPA firm, then working at Thomas Chimick Ltd. is the perfect job for you. You get hands on experience by working directly with clients and helping them with their needs. It teaches you the basic skills that every accountant should have, such as, time management, attention to detail, and being able to take quality notes.

By: Simran Jassal 135 reads | 0 comments
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You Design, They Hold Stakes, We Make Cool Things: Becoming a Great Designer Is Simple, Right?

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

As Karen points out, students of the Interactive Arts and Technology program have been through years of design school! Designers know how to use Adobe Suite like a pro, and know to bring their A-game to the table every day, proposing fascinating new directions and brand-new visionary ideas. While designers are hired to learn and bring some ‘fresh perspectives’ to their co-op workplace, read on to learn how they can overlook some key parts of the everyday designer.

By: Karen Lim 683 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing a Co-op Offer Over Permanent Employment: How I Did It

Co-operative Education

Vicky Leung is a Business Co-op student who found herself having to choose between the allure of a permanent position at a start-up company, which did not match the job description, and a Co-op position that was everything she imagined. Read Vicky’s 3 pieces of advice when making difficult decisions in the co-op program. 

By: Vicky Leung 156 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Productive While Working Remotely for a Health Authority

Top Tip Lists

Working from home is a common reality for many Co-op students in the past year. Working from home while working for a Health Authority in the thick of the pandemic is a tremendous experience Kaylla went through last year. Take a look at how she learned to stay productive in these uncertain times.

By: Kaylla Paran 593 reads | 0 comments
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Can Ya Use Canva During a Communication Co-op Term?

Co-op Reflections

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 779 reads | 0 comments
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Building a Community Online: My Experience with FASS

Co-op Reflections

Shahvir Sarkary is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Co-op Student who had the opportunity to work as an Events Assistant for FASS, the largest faculty on campus. Shahvir recruited & managed over 48 students for a mentorship role that supported and helped the transition of new incoming students in Fall 2020 term.

By: Shahvir Sarkary 322 reads | 0 comments
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10 Tips on How to Navigate the Hiring Process: An Insider's Perspective

Political Science

Nisha’s second work term as a curriculum and programming assistant on a hiring committee for Career and Volunteer Services made her realize that with so many qualified candidates, decisions are sometimes based on the tiniest details. Here are Nisha’s 10 tips for how to stand out from other candidates and the reasons why employer’s value them.

By: Nisha Manhas 434 reads | 0 comments
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BAKHTIAR’S DECLASSIFIED CO-OP SURVIVAL GUIDE

Communique

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 1144 reads | 0 comments
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Changemakers: How Much Impact Can You Actually Have as a Co-op Student?

Resource and Environmental Management

The climate is changing, global health is threatened, injustices are prevalent, and you want to do something about it. Well, how much impact can you actually have as a co-op student? Here’s what Brennan found out during his work term at the BC Council for International Cooperation.

By: Brennan Strandberg-Salmon 1312 reads | 0 comments
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Advice on Adulting your Co-op Term

Communication, Art and Technology

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 830 reads | 0 comments
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Just Trying It, Strength, and Balance: The Biggest Lessons From My 1st Co-op Term

Co-op Reflections

Your first Co-op work term comes with a lot of valuable lessons and take-aways that stick with you throughout your professional career. For Emily, these lessons include just doing it, finding your strengths and striking a work-life balance. Read on to learn more.

By: Emily Lam 940 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Balance: My Experience as a Full-time Co-op and Varsity Athlete

SFU Athletics

Does working 40 hours a week seem tiring? Try adding 15 to 18 hours of strenuous running, weightlifting, stretching and physiotherapy. Carlos takes you through his journey as a varsity track athlete while completing an eight-month co-op with Streamline Athletes. 

By: Louis-Carlos Vargas Rocheleau 328 reads | 0 comments
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Over-Communication is JUST Communication!

Co-operative Education

Communication skills are more than spelling and grammar structure. As per Alyanna's supervisor, "Communication is a strategy action to receive what you expect to accomplish.” Read on to learn more about how she develops a different perspective of what communication is about from her co-op experience.

By: Alyanna Salang 230 reads | 0 comments
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The Most Important Trait to Get You Hired

Business

Robert's boss shared a key lesson with him about an essential trait that can get one hired. What is that trait and how can you develop it? Read on to learn more from Robert.

By: Robert Tanra 247 reads | 0 comments
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How I Brought My Office to My Home

Workplace Transition

It was confusing figuring out how to work from home on a short notice back in March 2020. Since then, Terry has been learning and reflecting on what really makes a home office productive and what is needed to keep it a friendly and productive environment. Read on to learn more about his insights.

By: Terry Zhu 731 reads | 0 comments
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