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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

Co-operative Education

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

Communication

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 31 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Engineering Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 88 reads | 0 comments
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For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Career Exploration

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 406 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

International Co-op

As many university students may know, and can attest to, the start of any major projects begins with a very simple thing. That one thing is usually procrastination. And that is definitely the one thing that I did before departing. I soon found that, when teaching, it is important to make plans and have a solid layout, but more important to be flexible enough to change that very plan if it doesn’t work.

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 329 reads | 0 comments
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Benefits of Co-op for Joint Majors

Professional Development

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 211 reads | 0 comments
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Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Alexander King

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 195 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Joseph Paguio

Global Affairs Canada

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 235 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Organized With Bullet Journaling

Personal Development

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 281 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Research

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. Miranda shares her experience at CReATe Fertility Centre and how it expanded her research knowledge. 

By: Miranda Defer 467 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Professional Development

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. 

 

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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Technology & Innovation

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

By: Vadim Tsarkov 527 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Technology & Innovation

Adam Bignell, shares his experience from an eight month co-op with Safe Software Inc. A co-op term spent developing support for raster and point cloud, but with an added dose of team-building and fooseball to balance out the workload.

By: Adam Bignell 355 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Co-op

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. This experience taught me, not only about a completely unfamiliar culture and way of life, but just as important and profound, it taught me about myself. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 689 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Co-operative Education

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as just proposing a new idea or a new design. It takes careful consideration in how it’ll be approached by both developers, its users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance to designing in phases when shipping a product and the considerations she took while working as a UX designer at Hootsuite. 

By: Amanda Poh 735 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Professional Development

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 972 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Arts and Social Sciences

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 738 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

First Impressions

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 623 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Canada-Japan Co-op Program

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 472 reads | 0 comments
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From Lecture Hall to Elementary Classroom: An Unforgettable Experience

Mediated Learning Academy

After an amazing experience with Mediated Learning Academy, I realized that sometimes it takes being in back in an elementary school classroom to remind ourselves of where we learned the most important rules and values about life. 

By: Emily Li 688 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

Co-op

When you’re starting off in a new workplace, it can be daunting talking to people who carry the title of CEO, director, and everything in between. While you may feel like a small potato compared to the big spud, it’s important to remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Lindsay shares her story on why your future self will thank you for building your connections early on through Co-op.

By: Lindsay Wu 1845 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Malaysia

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 1410 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

Business Co-op

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 1650 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Research

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 880 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Science

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 676 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Personal Development

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 1182 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Arts and Social Sciences

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 1432 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Co-operative Education

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 1052 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

workplace success

As a co-op student with little experience, it sometimes seems like all you are doing is asking questions. That is why it is important to make sure you are asking good questions. What are good questions? They are evidence of your thought process, ability to think outside of the box, and knack for problem solving. Read this article to learn more about what makes a question good, and how to make questions your competitive advantage.

By: Nathan Boey 2134 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

Diversity & Inclusion

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 1199 reads | 0 comments
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