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The 201st Application

Co-operative Education

Are you in your seeking semester for Co-op? Buckle up! Ashlin shares how things can get tough in the process and how persistence is key for success.   

By: Ashlin Roche 81 reads | 0 comments
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“What Do You Study in Communication?”

Communique

What exactly is the study of communications?  What are the career paths can it can lead to?  Amy attempts to answer these surprisingly common questions (even among communications students!) through Co-op.

By: Amy Chui 496 reads | 0 comments
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4 Reasons Why You Should Work for a Non-Profit

Co-operative Education

Want your career to make a meaningful impact on your community and the world, but don't know how?  Davina shares how working in the non-profit sector may just be the solution.

By: Davina Gounden 2727 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Started in a Startup: My Co-op at Coral Health

start-up

‘How do I market something that I don’t fully understand?’ - Claire Patterson talks about her marketing co-op experience at Coral Health.

By: Claire Patterson 859 reads | 0 comments
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Boy Meets World: Tripping and Falling into the Tech Industry

Co-operative Education

Deciding whether to do Co-op or not?  Braedon shares his experience with Co-op and how it can give you a competitive edge.

By: Braedon Lim 1723 reads | 0 comments
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The Pre-Interview Pep-Talk You Never Knew You Needed

Co-op

Ivy Choi gives some insightful and practical tips on dealing with those nasty pre-interview jitters.

By: Ivy Choi 217 reads | 0 comments
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How I Discovered a New Career Path at TELUS

Co-op

Teodora Mircea's co-op experience offered much more than just work experience. Her co-op with Telus allowed her to create a new career path and learn that there's more to being a Business Analyst  than analyzing data and creating spreadsheets.

By: Teodora Mircea 1065 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing a Start-Up Over a Large Corporation

Co-operative Education

Are you uncertain whether to pursue a co-op at a large corporation or a small company? Sharon Huang shares why she chose to launch her career at a start-up. 

By: Sharon Huang 364 reads | 0 comments
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A Co-op Story

Co-op Reflections

The future can seem pretty uncertain when you are an undergraduate. How do you make the leap from university student to employed professional?  Read how co-op allowed four students to create some big things while gaining real-world experience and having a bit of fun along the way. 

By: Jennifer Wibisono 1203 reads | 0 comments
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Adams Insurance Group: What it Means to Become an Autoplan Agent

Arts and Social Sciences

Working as an autoplan agent involves excellent administrative and interpersonal skills to ensure the best possible coverage for clients. In this article, Amy Deng describes her co-op experience as an autoplan agent with Adams Insurance Group. 

By: Amy Deng 839 reads | 0 comments
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Loving the Non-Profit Life

Co-operative Education

Working at non-profit organizations may have a less-than-desirable reputation among students, especially regarding pay and prestige; and while it may not look as glamorous as working in a big corporate firm, it has a few unique perks to help you gain valuable experience. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 419 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Your Skills by the Hour: Working in a Fast-paced Start-up

Clio

"As I am writing this, I am only halfway through my eight-month software development co-op at Clio, but I already can confidently say that these four months might be the most valuable part of my time at SFU so far."

By: Matvei Rudenko 428 reads | 0 comments
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The Adventures of a Rookie Accountant

Other

Scroll down to read about my co-op experience at an accounting firm.

By: Enoch Cheung 219 reads | 0 comments
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Familiar, Yet Not So Familiar

Career Exploration

International Co-ops aren't the only way to submerge yourself in a culture.  Gurleen shares her co-op experience through which she gained a new perspective of her culture right here in Vancouver.  

By: Gurleen Dhessi 1360 reads | 0 comments
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Learning by Doing: How Co-op puts Theory into Practice

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Puneet Sran shares her experience from her most recent co-op with Verathon: "As someone who never imagined being an engineer, I have been extremely fortunate to work in such a technical field, among highly intelligent individuals". 

By: Puneet Sran 1137 reads | 0 comments
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How to be a Newbie: Pro Tips for Non-Pros

During the Work Term
Co-op is a learning experience. Learning experiences aren’t about the “Aha!” moments. They’re about how you get there – and carry yourself through awkward growing pains... 
By: Tyler Miller 1025 reads | 0 comments
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New Opportunities in a Changing Canada

Department of Indigenous Services Canada

A co-op semester at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) allowed International Studies student, William Reid, to learn more about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people. Read more, here. 

By: William Reid 512 reads | 0 comments
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Four Non-CMNS Courses That Have Contributed to My Co-op Success

course planning

Think WQB requirements aren't relevant to your field of study? Think again! Kar Hing shares four non-communications courses that helped her succeed on her Co-op work term.

By: Kar Hing Ng 929 reads | 0 comments
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Working in an English-Speaking Environment

Co-op Reflections

In today's global labour market, the ability to converse in a second language is an increasingly useful skill. Here, Jessica Tse shares some tips she learned as an international student from Hong Kong working in an English speaking environment. 

By: Jessica Tse 692 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Purpose, Not for Profit

Co-operative Education

Applying for his first co-op placement, Business student, Jeffery Choi wanted a job that would be exciting and challenging, but more than anything, fulfilling. Looking for work with purpose, Jeff spent his first co-op as a Campaign Associate for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  

By: Jeffery Choi 595 reads | 0 comments
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Thinking Outside the Box: How Volunteering Translates to Work Skills

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Criminology student, Rachel Tong shares how her volunteer experience helped her develop the marketing and community engagement skills neccesary for a co-op position with Parent Support Services of BC

By: Rachel Tong 770 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

Co-op

To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 1456 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Veteran co-op student, Mouataz Kaddoura, shares valuable lessons learned from co-op terms with Avigilon, MENRVA, Biomedical Research Lab, and Shield-X Technology. 

By: Mouataz Kaddoura 934 reads | 0 comments
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How to Rock the 9 to 5 Lifestyle

Professional Development

Transitioning from student life to a 9-5 working lifestyle can take a bit time. Luckily, Jamie has a couple tips to help you quickly adjust and help you make the most of it!

By: Jamie Hill 1784 reads | 0 comments
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Five Things the Average Science Co-op Applicant Doesn’t Know

Co-op Reflections

"It’s normal to not hear back from interviewers." Wait, what?! Science student, Richard Hsia has some sage advice to ease your mind and sharpen your competitive edge in your co-op job search. 

By: Richard Hsia 546 reads | 0 comments
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A Summer with Parks Canada

Co-operative Education

To be a member of Parks Canada's Toronto Urban Outreach you must first become an expert in the regions incredible national heritage sites. Environmental Science student, Francesca Marquez shares how exploring Canada's heritage sites prepared her to share her knowledge with the public during Canada's 150th anniversary. 

By: Francesca Marquez 305 reads | 0 comments
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Insights Into Working with a Global Tech Firm

Co-op Reflections

The tech sector is one of the world's fastest growing industries, making it the perfect place to launch a career. But where does that leave students with non-technical backgrounds? Following a coveted internship with SAP, Beedie student, Kevin Ng, shares his experience of working with a global tech firm. 

By: Kevin Ng 449 reads | 0 comments
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Saving the Environment - One Co-op at a Time!

Applied Sciences

Soroush Jafaryvahed set out to learn something new every day on his co-op with Ballard Power. The experience taught him that just because you are only with a company a short time, as as student, doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lasting impact. 

 

By: Soroush M. Jafaryvahed 246 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons why you Should Move for that Co-op Position

Career Exploration

Ever spotted your dream co-op position on MyExperience but found out it was on the other side of the country? Or worse overseas! Srijani Datta, is here to tell you about why you should, in fact, relocate for co-op. 

By: Srijani Datta 772 reads | 0 comments
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Part 2: The Lowdown on Microplastics

Resource and Environmental Management

Graduate student, Stephen Chastain spent two co-op terms conducting research into microscopic pollution in our oceans. Here, he shares what he learned about this pressing issue  and its global implications. 

By: Stephen Chastain 901 reads | 0 comments
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