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Learning to Thrive in Discomfort

Co-op Reflections

"Discomfort isn't bad - it's just stepping outside of your comfort zone." From embracing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, to seeking out constructive feedback, Magali offers ways to survive and succeed in a new work environment.  

By: Magali Bureau 427 reads | 0 comments
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Read Beyond the Job Description

Co-op Reflections

"When you work at a start-up, literally anything can happen." Anmol takes us into a world where content is born out of chaos, and the landscape is dynamic, creative and challenging.  Becoming an integral part of a new company and seeing your creations make an impact can be one of the most rewarding experiences.  

By: Anmol Boparai 439 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips to Make Your Long Commute to Work a Little Easier

Communique

Mysteries, money management and meditation: how do you spend your commute? Sarah recommends ways to make that daily bus ride feel a little shorter and add extra pep to your work morning. 

By: Sarah Lachance 680 reads | 0 comments
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Struggles of an Extrovert: Tips for Embracing your Work Environment Preferences

Co-op

"Can an office be "too quiet"? Is that even a thing?" Certified extrovert Sonya shares advice for adjusting to a new workplace and explains how to conduct a thorough 'me-search'.  

By: Sonya Hartwig 848 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering my career path in Investment Management

Investment Management

My university experience has been a roller coaster to say the least. From moving to a brand-new city without knowing anyone to embarking on multiple co-ops in finance related roles, I discovered who I wanted to become and the path I needed to take to get there.

By: Chris Moric 270 reads | 0 comments
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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 696 reads | 0 comments
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A Series of Fortunate Events

Co-operative Education

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 483 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 384 reads | 0 comments
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Paving the Way for Community Engagement

Co-op

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 441 reads | 0 comments
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When it Comes to Your Career, Try Everything

Co-operative Education

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 915 reads | 0 comments
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A Journey of Courage and Gratitude

Health Sciences

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 707 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

Co-operative Education

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 1219 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (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 768 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-op Reflections

"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 762 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 672 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

PepsiCo

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

By: Fahad Faruque 744 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 795 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

Co-op Reflections

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 1239 reads | 0 comments
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From Doubtful to Confident: How I Adapted to Working Life

Psychology

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 714 reads | 0 comments
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Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need

Co-operative Education

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 655 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

Co-operative Education

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 835 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Co-op

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 1006 reads | 0 comments
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Venturing into the Unknown: A Co-op Story in Eastern Canada

Canada

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 813 reads | 0 comments
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Video: Co-op in a Nutshell

Communique

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 737 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing what Life has to Offer, in Ottawa Ontario

Ottawa

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 819 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from a Co-op Outside of your Field

Workplace Success

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 592 reads | 0 comments
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A Startup Journey: Addressing Water Scarcity through Tech

TechE@SFU

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 988 reads | 0 comments
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Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Workplace

Co-op Reflections

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 681 reads | 0 comments
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Things Happen For a Reason: Three Ways to Turn Every Experience Into a Great Opportunity

Communique

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 983 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 1900 reads | 0 comments
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