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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Co-op Reflections

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 744 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

TaLK

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 1200 reads | 0 comments
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From Retail to Public Servant: a Learning Curve

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The RCMP is a sought out employer for criminology students. If your main experience to date is in the retail sector, then there is a lot to discover about interviewing and working in the Public Service. Danika shares her experience moving from retail to working for the RCMP. 

By: Danika Plante Mahnic 1944 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience as an International Student

Co-operative Education

As an international student Ha Na had the reality of high tuition, no work experience and challenges in finding employment.  She decided co-op was the solution to learn professional work search skills and gain related employment while attending university.  She shares her challenges and successes along the way.

 

By: Ha Na Ryu 1482 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Economics

Moving to Ottawa enabled me to grow in new ways, make lasting memories and provide insight into my career and life goals. This article provides steps to make your experience in Ottawa meaningful and will (hopefully) inspire you to make the move. 

By: Melissa Talbot 1834 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Personal Development

With co-op, are we better off sticking to our field of study, or should we take a chance at something entirely different? In this article, Rachel reflects on her work term with the RCMP, what she learned about the industry as well as herself in a field that she would have never considered if it wasn’t for co-op.

By: Rachel Wong 6190 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Co-operative Education

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 1646 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Teaching Assistant Program in France

International Co-op positions provide the opportunity to discover the world while developing professional skills and contacts. But there’s a conundrum: all work and no play or no work and all play?

By: Mallory Wyant 7146 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

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Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let me help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

By: Jaclyn Marshall 7338 reads | 0 comments
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A Humbling First Experience

Psychology

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

By: Andrew Ku 1188 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Co-operative Education

Want to work in different sectors during your co-op work terms and gain diverse experiences? Learn how you can diversify your co-op experience and leverage your skills by reading these five tips! 

 
By: Nakita Cheung 2924 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Co-operative Education

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 8442 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Co-operative Education

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 1669 reads | 0 comments
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So You Want to Be a Public Servant: Getting Hired into the Federal Government

Co-operative Education

Jobs in the federal government are well-paid, interesting, and a great springboard for your career. They are also very hard to get. These six tips could help you land your dream job!

By: Diana Bartosh 9497 reads | 0 comments
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Why Apply to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

International Studies

It is a very exciting time to get involved with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)! Taylor shares her experience working at INAC's Yukon regional office and how she gained valuable skills while learning about Yukon First Nations, government and life in the North. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 10859 reads | 0 comments
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Making the Most of the Co-op Experience: The Case for a Diversified Co-op Portfolio

Arts and Social Sciences

Ever wonder what type of factors you should take into consideration when seeking out Co-op placements? Mark reflects on his rewarding Co-op journey to make some recommendations on how to best take advantage of the Co-op program!

By: Mark Thompson 2553 reads | 0 comments
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John Howard Society - Hobden House

Indigenous

Theresa did her co-op as a residence worker.  She shares about her learning experiences and her future goals.

By: Theresa John 7612 reads | 0 comments
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@SFUVan Profile: Samaah Jaffer

International Studies

Meet Samaah Jaffer, an Arts Co-op student who has worked at the US Consulate and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. 

By: Kamilah Charters-Gabanek 2123 reads | 0 comments
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How I survived in the world of IT: Three quick tips for a successful work experience

Co-operative Education

Working at an IT company was a refreshing experience for someone like Vanessa, who has never been exposed to this industry before. Here she shares a few tips on how she made it through and got the most out of her 12 months at BCNET.

By: Vanessa Lam 2402 reads | 0 comments
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My TaLK Life

Korea

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to, not only live in a foreign country, but to also teach a foreign language to elementary students who only know their native language? If so, join Molly Cembrano as she takes you on her journey as a TaLK Scholar with the Teach and Learn in Korea Program.

By: Molly Cembrano 2942 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond the BC bubble: My co-op term in Burma (Myanmar)

Arts and Social Sciences

In a country filled with monks, crazy drivers, and frequent power outages, things were different living in Burma. After four months, it started to feel a bit like home. Here’s a glimpse into my unique experience as a political intern for the Embassy of Canada to Burma (Myanmar). 

By: Layla Clarkson 4468 reads | 0 comments
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How I Stepped Out of my Comfort Zone and Embraced Life Abroad

Co-op

Looking to maximize your time abroad and integrate with locals, but nervous to take the first few steps? Read on to learn how I broke through my personal barriers, and the advice I have for future travellers to make the most of their work term overseas.

By: Kendra Lodewyke 3391 reads | 0 comments
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Engaging with the Global Education Market

International

Economics and Anthropology student Andreas Qvale Hovland did his co-op at Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG).  He shares how his understanding of Global Education Market was enriched.

By: Andreas Qvale Hovland 1764 reads | 0 comments
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The International Experience Melting Pot

Co-op

Jiwon Lee is an English student who did her co-op in Korea, where she taught English to school children. She shares what it's like to do a co-op on the other side of the world!

By: Jiwon Lee 1676 reads | 0 comments
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Reinvent Yourself by Working Abroad

During the Work Term

When I first started applying for jobs overseas, I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted; all I knew was that I needed a change, and some time to grow.

By: Michael Welk 1563 reads | 0 comments
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The Variety of Experiences @ a Multinational Professional Services Corporation

Co-operative Education

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offers opportunities beyond accounting. Jackie, an Economics student, spent his co-op in the Learning and Development Department of PwC in Hong Kong. 

By: Jackie Huang 1491 reads | 0 comments
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Inclusion Illuminates Work Experience

Non-profit

Political Science student Nicole shares about her experience doing marketing communications work for Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI).

By: Nicole Doucette 1586 reads | 0 comments
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Consulate Communication Builds Connections

Co-op Reflections

Diana completed her first Co-op work term with the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver.

By: Diana Kabantsov 2274 reads | 0 comments
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Taking on Progressive Projects

Co-operative Education

Andrea takes on the non-profit world as a Community Services Assistant at the Progressive Housing Society. 

By: Andrea Bajcetic 1523 reads | 0 comments
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Developing an Understanding of Non-Profits

Sociology

Meghan shares the benefits of working at a non-profit based on her experience at the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

By: Meghan Ogden 1271 reads | 0 comments
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