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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 1405 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Accounting

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 2124 reads | 0 comments
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Work at One of the Big Four Accounting Firms: PwC

Co-operative Education

Ever wondered what it would be like working for one of the big four accounting firms? Cameron shares his insight into working for PwC and their Audit and Assurance division, including key responsibilities and advice to help you succeed!

By: Cameron Axenty 3268 reads | 0 comments
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Getting the Most Out of Your Work Term: Nine Tips for Success

Top Tip Lists

Jordan began his co-op at TELUS with a limited skillset and a lack of experience. Eight months later, he left TELUS with more than he could have imagined. In this blog post, he shares nine tips that helped him find success during his work term. 

By: Jordan Eng 1770 reads | 0 comments
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Decision Support at Vancouver Coastal Health

Co-op

Ever thought about working in Management Information Systems? Third year business student Vivyn Zhou shares her journey working for System Improvement in the Decision Support department at Vancouver Coastal Health. 

By: Vivyn Zhou 3045 reads | 0 comments
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Fishing for Experience

Small Business

Spend your summer in one of the most vibrant and popular tourist destinations in BC! Make a difference in the operation and performance of a small company, and grow your entrepreneurial skillset in a meaningful way by working for WardoWest in Tofino. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 1747 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Inter-Lite Sales

Chelsea did her co-op at a relatively small lighting agency, Inter-Lite Sales, in greater Vancouver; but she learned about much more than lighting. Read why Chelsea believes every student should work for at least one small business to round out their co-op experience.

By: Chelsea Schmidt 11831 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Story: Working at Beedie’s Career Management Centre

Program Manager

Starting my co-op working at the Career Management Centre in the Beedie School of Business, I was worried my lack of design skills would be a big challenge to my success. See how I was proven wrong.  

By: Jessica Tsai 6439 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Workplace Success

Are you a student who, like me, has struggled deciding what career path best suits you? Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in Toronto? Are you considering a career in public service? If you answered yes to any of these, read my post! 

By: Kory Szostak 7148 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Personal Development

Being shy and not much of a risk-taker, I was shocked at having been asked to interview people. Read on to find out how my co-op with Beedie School of Business helped me step outside my comfort zone and gain a newfound confidence. 

By: Christopher Penner 7595 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Business

Business Co-op Coordinator Caroline Wakelin shares 5 tips and can-do's for career progression and tells her own story about how reluctantly saying "yes" to a first job that wasn't her "dream job" actually ended up getting her to where she wanted. 

By: Caroline Wakelin 7254 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

Working Students

Living in a new city while taking on a new job serves as both a challenge and reward. In this blog post, I share the rewarding experiences I’ve had during my co-op in Ontario and explain why doing co-op outside of BC is worth it. 

By: Nathan Lee 6689 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

International

Accepting a job with SFU International Co-op, Christy only expected to complete a four-month work term. This all changed when she was offered a work term extension. If you’re considering whether or not you should accept a work term extension, Christy has three big reasons why you should. 

By: Christy Liu 8467 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Graduate Co-op

I have had previous experience working with web-based technologies, but mostly in the academic context. Working as a co-op student at the SFU Beedie School of Business, I had the opportunity to work in development, but to also work with business analysts and clients directly, to understand their requirements and implement them. In this post, I explain how this co-op exceeded my expectations.  

By: Amit Mandal 1792 reads | 0 comments
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Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Top Tip Lists

Kim began her co-op work term at BlackBerry despite having never applied for the position. This opportunity sparked her interest in tech, which resulted in an extension and job rotation. In this article, Kim presents 3 reasons why you too should accept a co-op extension and job rotation.

By: Kim Leung 10370 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

Whitefish Group

Once you land a job, the skills you’ve learned in your classes make surprising appearances in the workforce. Discover how Rebecca’s ability to navigate university helped her attain co-op success!

By: Rebecca Chong 9809 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part II – Reach Out to People Outside SFU

professional associations

In Part 2 of this series, Jenny shares about maximizing your university investment through different networking channels such as mentorship programs and professional associations. Jenny highlights her own fears of networking, how she overcame them and ultimately, what she learned from these experiences.

By: Jenny Vo 9725 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part I – Get Involved and Utilize On-Campus Resources

Series

Have you ever wondered why you should go to university and what you have done to make your university life meaningful? Have you ever been in a situation where you have no clue of what to do with your life and how to start making every penny of your tuition fees worth it? Have you ever felt frightened when thinking about your future career? I was in the same position so I want to share some tips on how to not regret going to school and how to get ready to face your future!

By: Jenny Vo 8569 reads | 0 comments
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How I survived in the world of IT: Three quick tips for a successful work experience

Arts and Social Sciences

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 2396 reads | 0 comments
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Three Common Struggles with Project Management and How to Overcome Them

Project Management

Ever struggled with juggling sudden influxes of work from work, school and other things? It's normal to start feeling overwhelmed especially when you want to stay organized but don't know where or how to start. Fear not, you are not alone! There are many students out there including myself who struggled with this same problem, which is why I want to share some struggles I had and how I overcame them.

By: Wen-Ting Fan 3530 reads | 0 comments
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My Tech Journey Started After The www.

Co-op

I am a Lefty, a techy, and as my coffee mug says, a “hawt geek”. This is what I can proudly say after finding myself through my first co-op placement. On day one, I thought I signed up for work, but what I really signed up for was a second family at Left of the Dot Media Inc. 

By: Moni Manhas 4076 reads | 0 comments
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It Starts Within You

Ericsson

Bomee Hwang is a Business student and just completed three co-op terms at Ericsson where she worked in the Human Resources Department.  She shares her thoughtful observations about Human Resources in her co-op reflection.

By: Bomee Hwang 3738 reads | 0 comments
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My Work Term with the Swamp Men of Beedie [Part 3]: Reflections

Business

My work term spent inside the university that I’ve been attending for years truly helped me grow as a person; I learned that not knowing how to perform job related tasks is okay and that learning on the job is a lot more common than I first thought.  This is part 3 of 3 of the series entitled "My Work Term with the Swamp Men of Beedie".

By: Taran Bains 3080 reads | 0 comments
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My Work Term with the Swamp Men of Beedie [Part 2]: Finding the Tools

Co-op Reflections

My work term spent inside the university that I’ve been attending for years truly helped me grow as a person; I learned that not knowing how to perform job related tasks is okay and that learning on the job is a lot more common than I first thought.

By: Taran Bains 5098 reads | 0 comments
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My Work Term with the Swamp Men of Beedie [Part 1]: A Journey’s Beginning

Co-operative Education

My work term spent inside the university that I’ve been attending for years truly helped me grow as a person; I learned that not knowing how to perform job related tasks is okay and that learning on the job is a lot more common than I first thought. 

By: Taran Bains 3418 reads | 0 comments
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The Inside Scoop: Working at CGA-BC and CPABC

bc

Jennifer Johnson is a 4th year business student concentrating in Marketing with a Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate.  She reflects on what it was like to work at CGA-BC and CPABC as a Marketing Assistant where she worked on large scale event planning.

By: Jennifer Johnson 5823 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons to Consider “The Little Guys” for Your Next Co-op Search

Co-op Reflections

Have you ever considered working for a small firm?  Nick Pochailo, a fourth year business student spent eight months working in a small firm and realized he reaped many benefits from a small firm that he might not have at a large firm.  Read on to find out why you should consider a small firm for your co-op.

By: Nick Pochailo 3956 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond BC: Pushing Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Co-operative Education

Eric Moreno is a Business student who pushed himself out of his comfort zone when he went outside of B.C. to do his first co-op position.  Read on to find out why he went on to do another co-op position outside of B.C. and the importance of pushing yourself.

By: Eric Moreno 3555 reads | 0 comments
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Living and working abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

Are you looking into working abroad for your co-op?  Business student, Candice Woods shares what she learned in her co-op and how to combat homesickness based on her experience working in Barcelona, Spain for her co-op.

By: Candice Woods 4806 reads | 0 comments
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The Power of Networking

Networking

My outlook on networking used to be simple—if I was going to get a job, I wanted to know I got it because I proved myself. That I performed excellently during the interview and the company decided I was perfect for the role, not because we had mingled over beers or BBQ chicken.

By: Shauna Mercer 6383 reads | 0 comments
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