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When You Don't Get 'The ONE'

Co-operative Education

So maybe you did not land your dream co-op job.  Don't despair - Rutendo explains how an unexpected position might just be a huge blessing in disguise.  

By: Rutendo Munatsirei 329 reads | 0 comments
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A Series of Fortunate Events

Applied Sciences

Mechatronic Systems Engineering student Guninder Malhi, shares how experience gained  through an SFU research position allowed him to build the skills necessary to kick start a career. 

By: Guninder Malhi 188 reads | 0 comments
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Preparing for End of Life Care: An Interview with Shannon Ediger

Co-operative Education

How do you want to live at the end of your life? Seerit Hara shares her interview with her co-op supervisor at Langley Memorial Hospital about the importance of advance care planning. 

By: Seerit Hara 117 reads | 0 comments
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Paving the Way for Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Engaging with our communities provides opportunities to connect, grow, and give back. Jasleen shares how her co-op with the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue lived up to SFU's reputation as Canada's most engaged university. 

By: Jasleen Bains 139 reads | 0 comments
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When it Comes to Your Career, Try Everything

Co-op

Do you look into the future and see a thousand different paths after graduation? Juliette reflects on her time at Careers in Communications and reveals the benefits of figuring out what you hate before deciding what you love.  

By: Juliette Halliday 672 reads | 0 comments
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A Journey of Courage and Gratitude

Co-operative Education

Tony Cheng's experience with CanCap Pharmaceutical served as a reminder that personal growth is often about taking initiative, having gratitude, and getting out of your comfort zone. 

By: Tony Cheng 307 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

Co-op Reflections

Creativity doesn't stop in the world of a technical writer.  Emily reveals how writing "is often much more than imagery and metaphors" and that stepping out of your comfort zone might just reveal a whole new path.  

By: Emily Watt 981 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

SIAT

Mimi's co-op as a UX Designer at the City of Surrey provided opportunities to improve user experience by creating digital solutions for city services through user-centered design. Read her story, here. 

By: Mimi Tsai 441 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-operative Education

"Have you ever asked yourself these questions – Why should I volunteer? Is stepping out of my comfort zone really going to benefit me?  If you have, then you are on the right page!"

By: Cody Chau 533 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Co-operative Education

When Taylor Nguyen imagined working at a large bank, she pictured cubicles, formal attire, and stacks of documents. What she found instead were opportunities to learn and create in a fun and collaboratve environment. 

By: Taylor Nguyen 356 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Co-op Reflections

Fahad Faruque discusses highlights from his co-op semester in quality assurance at PepsiCo. 

By: Fahad Faruque 513 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Workplace Success

Beedie Business student, Christopher Pun shares what he's learned about the art of giving and receiving feedback in the workplace. 

By: Christopher Pun 528 reads | 0 comments
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How I Made the Most of my International Co-op Position in the Most Expensive City in the World

International

An unexpected offer to extend a stay in San Fransisco for co-op turned into the experience of a lifetime for health sciences student, Yasmin Khalili. Read about her incredible summer in sunny California. 

By: Yasmin Khalili 962 reads | 0 comments
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From Doubtful to Confident: How I Adapted to Working Life

Co-operative Education

Initially unsure if she would be an effective counsellor, Alyssa shares how becoming a Student Academic Advisor at SFU helped her discover hidden strengths. 

By: Alyssa Chan 410 reads | 0 comments
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Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need

Co-op

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Isabelle and Elisabeth decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Kandice Pardy 444 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

Co-op

Being the youngest in the office can be difficult.  Ashley combats those pesky thoughts of self-doubt that we all know too well with words of affirmation.  

By: Ashley Schultheiss 558 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Co-op Reflections

It is not hard to produce a perfect car. The difficulty lies in manufacturing 100,000 cars exactly alike. Read about the challenge of manufacturing modern luxury vehicles at Tesla Inc. 

By: Ryan Fielding 680 reads | 0 comments
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Venturing into the Unknown: A Co-op Story in Eastern Canada

Life Experience

Venturing out into adulthood can be a challenging experience. At the same time, it can be very eye-opening. For Emily, completing a co-op term in Toronto was the perfect opportunity for independence and adventure. 

By: Emily Cheung 620 reads | 0 comments
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Video: Co-op in a Nutshell

Co-operative Education

What will you create with co-op? Watch Emily's video for a glimpse into her summer experience working for the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.  

By: Emily Sweeney 548 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing what Life has to Offer, in Ottawa Ontario

Co-op Reflections

Moving away from home and starting a new job is both exciting and scary. This fall, Hannah began her first co-op term in Ottawa. Here she shares the ups and downs and why she would do it again in a heartbeat.

By: Hannah Weinkauf 555 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from a Co-op Outside of your Field

Co-op

When Sara began her co-op search she was set on Silicon Valley but soon realized a little local experience was needed. A semester working for International Services for Students at SFU gave her the skills and experience to more confidently pursue her dreams. 

By: Sara Milosavic 430 reads | 0 comments
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A Startup Journey: Addressing Water Scarcity through Tech

Co-operative Education

From concept to implementation, launching a start-up can be both exhilarating and demanding. Mechatronic System Engineering students, Hitesh and Devpreet share their start-up journey with Venture Connections and TechE@SFU. 

By: Hitesh Advani & Devpreet Bhullar 784 reads | 0 comments
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Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Workplace

Communique

Mental health issues don't just disappear in the workplace.  Nelson urges us to "end the stigma, talk about mental health, form dialogues and accept that we are not alone."

By: Nelson Hang 465 reads | 0 comments
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Things Happen For a Reason: Three Ways to Turn Every Experience Into a Great Opportunity

Co-op

Bored already?  Hitting a plateau at work can be discouraging – but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow Lauren’s experience of turning a roadblock into an opportunity for growth.

By: Lauren Brosseau 851 reads | 0 comments
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Building Relationships: 5 Tips for Networking within the Federal Government

Co-op Reflections

Interested in a career with the federal government? Kate McMurchy shares tips on building new connections and making the most of your co-op. 

By: Kate MacMurchy 1547 reads | 0 comments
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Leave University with Years of Relevant Experience: Do 3+ Co-op Work Terms

Co-operative Education

Getting a great job without experience can be tough. Business Co-op Program Manager, Tanya Behrisch explains how to graduate with not just work experience but more than a year of relevant experience, all while completing your degree. 

By: Tanya Behrisch 694 reads | 0 comments
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Five Resources to Access when Seeking Your Co-op Job

Co-op Reflections

Searching for and adapting to your first co-op work term can be tough and quite unexpected. Jordan reveals five tested practices for boosting your resume and building confidence. 

By: Jordan Sukkau 663 reads | 0 comments
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As a Senior Co-op Student, What Do I Get for My $800 Tuition?

Co-operative Education

Thinking about joining the co-op program but hesitant at the idea of having to pay tuition?!? Tanya Behrisch explains the costs and benefits of co-op and the advantages of investing in career development while you are a student. 

By: Tanya Behrisch 1308 reads | 0 comments
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The Government of Canada: The Digital World of Information Management – PART II

Co-op Reflections

In the last part of this two part series, criminology student Julia Apeles shares her experience working as an Information Managment Specialist with the federal government. 

By: Julia Apeles 653 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Balancing Act

Business

Hazel Cheung discusses the importance of creating work-life balance and an awesome office culture while on co-op with the RCMP. 

 

By: Hazel Cheung 614 reads | 0 comments
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