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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Applied Sciences

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 481 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from Communication Co-op Alumni

Volunteering

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 296 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

During the Work Term

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

By: Yee Ting Choy 115 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 570 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Co-operative Education

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 169 reads | 0 comments
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Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward or in Your Mouth?

Co-op

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 373 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Professional Development

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 491 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Co-op

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 336 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

Elim Village

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 328 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

Co-op

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 342 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

During the Work Term

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

By: Linh Nguyen 173 reads | 0 comments
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From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

Royal Bank of Canada

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 294 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

Co-op Reflections

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 968 reads | 0 comments
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Working for a Start-Up

Career Exploration

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

By: Claudia Mathieu 254 reads | 0 comments
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Traveling with SFU NATO Club Cofounder, Cornel Turdeanu

Professional Associations and Clubs

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 834 reads | 0 comments
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How Dating is like Interviewing and How to Conquer Both

Work Search

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 679 reads | 0 comments
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Redefining the Modern Internship: Where Work and Sport Intersect

Co-op

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 1311 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

Co-op

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 595 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

Life Experience

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 282 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Engineering Co-op

Seeking Students

This article provides a few tips to improve your co-op work search. Having completed a few co-op positions, I’ve learned methods that have helped me get a co-op job offer. Some of the tips may seem cliché but when the little things add up, they can help improve one’s chances by a margin.

By: Alex Wu 503 reads | 0 comments
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For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Co-op

Starting in a new workplace as an introvert can seem like a terrifying thing. Even though Camille would much rather hide behind the camera and observe, she knew that the easy way out doesn’t EVER produce the most growth and value. Truly seeking a growth-oriented mindset brings along with it the need to stretch our comfort zones. With that being said, she wants to share her tips in hopes that they can help other blossoming wallflowers to pursue excellence despite the discomfort social situations may often bring.

By: Camille Reyes 1354 reads | 0 comments
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The First 100 Days of Co-op

Working Students

Congratulations! You got the job offer, but now what? The first 100 days of a new job are critical for your future success --  whether that means leading a project or simply showing your team that you are an eager learner. This blog will show you how to make the most of your first 100 days on the job. 

By: Susan Nguyen 946 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

South Korea

As many university students know, the start of many major projects begins with a very simple thing -- that thing is procrastination. And that is definitely what I did before departing for my co-op term in South Korea. However, I soon found that when it comes to teaching you have to have a plan, but also, be ready to adapt if your plan doesn’t work.

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 688 reads | 0 comments
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Benefits of Co-op for Joint Majors

Joint Major

When Tarnjeet Thandi would tell others about her joint major, they tended to wonder how Molecular Biology and Biochemistry could be related to Business Administration. Prior to joining co-op, Tarnjeet sometimes wondered the same. Read her story about clarifying career options through co-op. 

By: Tarnjeet Thandi 539 reads | 0 comments
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Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Alexander King

Career Exploration

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 446 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Joseph Paguio

International Co-op

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 671 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Organized With Bullet Journaling

During the Work Term

Many of us like nice stationary because they give us a sense of productivity. This was true for Melissa as she went into her co-op work term. However, she soon experienced firsthand that the illusion of productivity and actual productivity are, unfortunately, two very different things. Through this experience, she has learnt how to efficiently balance out her work flow and gives her tips for keeping organized and planing ahead for the week.

By: Melissa Nelson 730 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Convocation Reflections

Have you ever wanted to pursue a Health Research Co-op but didn’t know where to start? Are you fascinated by Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Research? If so then this article is for you. 

By: Miranda Defer 794 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Communications Co-op

Communications Co-op student, Ashley Fraser, spent the summer interning at CBC Radio as part of the coveted Peter Gzowski Internship Program. Ashley shares how she got there and her advice for students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

By: admin 1307 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Workplace Success

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 1022 reads | 0 comments
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