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How to Deal with Being the Smartest One in the Office

Work Search

“What?!” you must be thinking, “who the heck does she think she is?” Don’t worry – I don’t actually believe I’m the smartest one in my office; far from it in fact. But, it was an inside joke during my time working in SFU’s Career and Volunteer Services that lead me to understand the type of workplace culture that suited me best.

By: Taylor Wagner 767 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Business

Derek Woo traveled to Hong Kong for co-op with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. To keep in touch, he sent postcards home, sharing each leg of his journey as he traversed one of the world's most bustling cities. 

 

By: OLC Admin 334 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

UX Research

Are you an aspiring UX Researcher? Fourth-year SIAT student and UX Researcher at Samsung, Alireza Mogharrab, shares key tips for creating effective usability studies. 

By: Alireza Mogharrab 403 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

Career Exploration

For a lot of us who are natural creatives, what more of a dream would it be to do what we love? Working in design might seem like the best of both worlds, but the reality of combining work and play isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

By: Chantelle Lui 298 reads | 0 comments
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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Greater Vancouver Zoo

For her second co-op, Environmental Science student Tegan Gallilee-Lang ventured out to the Greater Vancouver Zoo to assist the Fraser Valley Wetlands Wildlife Project. Read about her adventures on the job and her new animal friends!

By: Tegan Gallilee-Lang 231 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Co-operative Education

Surviving in a trading fort in the wild west now known as British Columbia was tough in the 1800s. A time when 9 out of 10 of your meals would have been salmon and potatoes and grocery shopping would mean bringing a musket into the woods. Alexis, shares what she learned about surviving the 1800s. 

By: Alexis Chan 310 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

During the Work Term

It is easy to become stressed in an unfamiliar and fast-pace working environment, no matter which field you are in but good strategies can help you reduce stress and learn to work faster and more efficiently. Mi Zhou shares her tips from her co-op with OSI Maritime Systems as a mechanical engineering co-op student. 

By: Mi Zhou 444 reads | 0 comments
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Step by Step: Building Job Experience as an International Student

Personal Development

It isn’t always easy to get your first local job as an international student. However, there may be some short-cuts that you didn’t know about. Siyu Liu, a fourth year business student, has  advice for fellow international students on how to build local work experience

By: Siyu Liu 344 reads | 0 comments
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Working for the CBC, My Favourite Moments, and Some Tips for Aspiring Journalists

Personal Development

From a young age, I loved telling stories, making my own “Ashley Fraser show”, and creative projects. While studying communications at SFU I began to realise that journalism might be my future career path and the CBC Peter Gzwoski internship opportunity was the the perfect way to get my feet wet in the world of journalism. Applying for internship, however, was no easy task. I spent a number of weeks putting my application together to make it perfect, but I think this experience showed me how invested I was in the internship.

By: Ashley Fraser 459 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Communication, Art and Technology

What one fourth-year student discovered while wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness, searching for the right path in life, theatre, and the pursuit of happiness.

By: Diana Bartosh 318 reads | 0 comments
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Into the Wilderness: My Co-op experience with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Yukon Region

Life Experience

The Yukon was always a mystery to me; something I didn’t know very much about. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and have never been up North before. I was unsure what to expect for my four month long co-op term with INAC, let alone what Whitehorse had in store for me. But a place that held beautiful blue lakes and rivers, and breathtaking mountaintop views, I could not have asked for a better place to spend my fifth co-op term.

By: Kathryn Norada 398 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Co-op

I used to be afraid of applying for software related co-ops, let alone working in software development/testing environments. In this article, I am going over my journey about how I overcame that fear and got into a software co-op.

By: Ramandeep Jhalli 1051 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from Communication Co-op Alumni

Workplace Success

A panel of alumni visited the CMNS 110 class recently to share their insights and advice. Ranging from a variety of industries – health, government, public relations, broadcasting, tech and education

By: Brandon Chow 554 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Personal Development

My experience working with the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Yellowknife, N.W.T.

By: Yee Ting Choy 497 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Prepare for Co-op

Seeking Students

Embarking on your first Co-op placement? Thinking of applying to the Co-op program? In this comic guide, Linnea offers five tips that will give you a fresh outlook on how to update your resume, build up the confidence to go on interviews, and set yourself up for success. You’ve got this! 

By: Linnea Vo 1096 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Arts and Social Sciences

Criminology student, Tylor Mason, enjoyed his co-op with British Columbia's Employment Standards Branch so much that a four-month placement quickly turned into one year. Find out why, here. 

By: Tylor Mason 569 reads | 0 comments
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Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward or in Your Mouth?

Work Search

If an employer you applied to never gets back to you, it’s easy to get down on yourself. We’ve all been there. Learn from my failures to put your best foot forward when applying for jobs. 

By: Haley Pihowich 628 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Non-profit

To anyone out there considering working for a not for profit organization, I want to share the lessons I learned at Watershed Watch with you. 

By: Mariah Mund 782 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Co-operative Education

Here I will list three reasons why I still benefited from accepting a position in a work term that was not directly related to my field of study. 

By: Lauren McNeilly 728 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

Co-op

If you are about to start applying for co-ops or trying to decide if another co-op term at the same organization is right for you, read about my experience of how a surprising situation can lead to a positive experience.

By: Kaylie Wong 597 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

Working Students

If you want to extract every opportunity from your co-op term, take these proactive steps to grow professionally beyond your job title. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 606 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

Business

Linh shares her experience working in the HR department of a biotech firm.

By: Linh Nguyen 468 reads | 0 comments
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From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

OLC Blog

When opportunities in Vancouver were slim, I took the chance of embracing an experience on the other side of Canada, and in the process gained experience, networks, and memories that defined my final summer of university.

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 517 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

Co-op

Keep on reading below to learn how I succeeded in my co-op term as an introvert and overcame my impostor syndrome.

By: Sarah Saghah 1393 reads | 0 comments
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Working for a Start-Up

Working Students

See how I faced my fears and worked for a company I never would have imagined working for.

By: Claudia Mathieu 444 reads | 0 comments
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Traveling with SFU NATO Club Cofounder, Cornel Turdeanu

Co-operative Education

Are you having a hard time deciding on whether or not to go on exchange or field school? Are you passionate about topics like national security, defense, and diplomacy? Find out what Cornel has to say about his experience with SFU NATO Club! 

By: Queenie Lei 1234 reads | 0 comments
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How Dating is like Interviewing and How to Conquer Both

Communique

Interviews can be a stressful event, full of anxiety and confusion. Much like the dating world, interviews are a first meeting where you are desperately hoping the other person will like you and vice versa. Here are some things to keep in mind for either situation.

By: Jessica Parsons 1138 reads | 0 comments
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Redefining the Modern Internship: Where Work and Sport Intersect

Business

My first Co-op was an invaluable experience as I dabbled in the world of social media marketing, blog writing, events management and much more!

By: Ashleen Bandesha 2357 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

IWA-Forest Industry Pension

Do you find yourself worrying about not knowing what kind of co-op jobs you should look for? Maybe you know what you want, but you were unable to get a position at your dream company? That’s okay. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves and know that there is something greater ahead! 

By: Sithumini Ranamukhaarachchi 793 reads | 0 comments
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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 436 reads | 0 comments
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