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A Humbling First Experience

Co-operative Education

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 2503 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Professional Development

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 5002 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Co-op Reflections

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 10972 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Intercultural Awareness

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 3462 reads | 0 comments
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So You Want to Be a Public Servant: Getting Hired into the Federal Government

Research

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 26767 reads | 0 comments
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Why Apply to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Yukon

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 14226 reads | 0 comments
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Making the Most of the Co-op Experience: The Case for a Diversified Co-op Portfolio

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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 4214 reads | 0 comments
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John Howard Society - Hobden House

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

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

By: Theresa John 10592 reads | 0 comments
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@SFUVan Profile: Samaah Jaffer

Working Students

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 3390 reads | 0 comments
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How I Stepped Out of my Comfort Zone and Embraced Life Abroad

Co-operative Education

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 5141 reads | 0 comments
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Engaging with the Global Education Market

Co-operative Education

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 2697 reads | 0 comments
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The International Experience Melting Pot

Co-operative Education

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 2545 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 2718 reads | 0 comments
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The Variety of Experiences @ a Multinational Professional Services Corporation

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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 2585 reads | 0 comments
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Avoid Sucking During Your Work Term

Communique

When trying to get hired, I hardly considered the prospect of actually working. I was more concerned with building professional resumes and appearing impressive at interviews. Upon landing my first co-op, however, I suddenly realized that I would need to perform in a strange, new environment – one I knew nothing about!

By: Miranda Lindsay 5927 reads | 0 comments
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Inclusion Illuminates Work Experience

Political Science

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

By: Nicole Doucette 2673 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 3831 reads | 0 comments
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Taking on Progressive Projects

Co-op Reflections

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

By: Andrea Bajcetic 2283 reads | 0 comments
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Developing an Understanding of Non-Profits

non-profits

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

By: Meghan Ogden 1956 reads | 0 comments
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Engaging in a Co-op with SFU Co-op: Why There's So Much to Learn on the Hill

Public Speaking

After a year as the Special Projects Assistant with SFU Arts and Communication Co-op, I've picked up a lot of on-the-job skills and met some incredible mentors along the way. My time is up, and I'd like to pass on what I've learned in my role to anyone thinking about working on the hill.

By: Samantha Grandinetti 9906 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from Arts Co-op Student - Alison Tan

Working Students

Meet Alison Tan, a fourth year student who has completed three co-op terms.  She shares her experiences with the co-op program. 

By: Samantha Grandinetti 2026 reads | 0 comments
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It’s All Related

Co-operative Education

Elinor worked in the External Relations Department of Parks Canada and explains how this was the right choice for her as an International Studies student. 

By: Elinor McNamee-Annett 2318 reads | 0 comments
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Safeguarding Canadians

The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy

Ronald spent his co-op working at the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy and describes the importance and benefits of working in the public sector.  

By: Ronald Yeung 1792 reads | 0 comments
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Learning in Shifts

Working Students

Jaclyn Marshall shares why students considering a career in law enforcement should consider working for the RCMP as a co-op position.

By: Jaclyn Marshall 3507 reads | 0 comments
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Enforcing Soft Skills

Co-op

Meet “Student Border Services Officer (SBSO) Umar”, who shares what her co-op was like at the Canada Border Services Agency.

By: Aayla Umar 2993 reads | 0 comments
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An Arts Student in Tech

BlackBerry

Timothy So is an Economics student who worked as a Statistical Methods Analyst at Blackberry.  Read on to get a taste of what his position would entail. 

By: Timothy So 2042 reads | 0 comments
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Becoming a Generalist

Executive Marketing Assistant & Creative Writer

Alec Burns was an Executive Marketing Assistant & Creative Writer at TFG Global Insurance and he shares the joys of being a generalist.

By: Alec Burns 3017 reads | 0 comments
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Igniting Passion

Working Students

Carmen, a Psychology student, spent two semesters at Ignite Technical Resources as a Recruiting Coordinator. 

By: Carmen Wilson 3186 reads | 0 comments
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The 3-Minute Co-op Competition: Day Two

Event Summaries

On October 7th and 8th WIL hosted SFU's first Three Minute Co-op Competition. 31 students presented on their Co-op experience, competing for cash prizes. Read a recap of the final 15 presenters.

By: Elizabeth Moffat 18368 reads | 0 comments
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Public Affairs at the US Consulate

Co-operative Education

This spring I spent a co-op term working as a Public Affairs Intern for the United States Consulate General Vancouver. Every day was different at the Consulate - read on to find out more!

By: Kamilah Charters-Gabinek 2521 reads | 0 comments
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