Beedie School of Business Co-op Blog


Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

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An incredible co-op term with Goldcorp taught Joselyn Hernandez to be open minded when  searching for co-op opportunities. You never know which organization, industry or position you might end up liking until you try. 

By: Joselyn Hernandez 250 reads | 0 comments

Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce


Derek Woo traveled to Hong Kong for co-op with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. To keep in touch, he sent postcards home, sharing each leg of his journey as he traversed one of the world's most bustling cities. 


By: OLC Admin 574 reads | 0 comments

Step by Step: Building Job Experience as an International Student


It isn’t always easy to get your first local job as an international student. However, there may be some short-cuts that you didn’t know about. Siyu Liu, a fourth year business student, has  advice for fellow international students on how to build local work experience

By: Siyu Liu 593 reads | 0 comments

When Once Wasn’t Enough

Human Resource Management

If you are about to start applying for co-ops or trying to decide if another co-op term at the same organization is right for you, read about my experience of how a surprising situation can lead to a positive experience.

By: Kaylie Wong 744 reads | 0 comments

Grow Beyond Your Job

Personal Development

If you want to extract every opportunity from your co-op term, take these proactive steps to grow professionally beyond your job title. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 760 reads | 0 comments

Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks


Linh shares her experience working in the HR department of a biotech firm.

By: Linh Nguyen 553 reads | 0 comments

From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

Royal Bank of Canada

When opportunities in Vancouver were slim, I took the chance of embracing an experience on the other side of Canada, and in the process gained experience, networks, and memories that defined my final summer of university.

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 599 reads | 0 comments

My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

Working Students

Keep on reading below to learn how I succeeded in my co-op term as an introvert and overcame my impostor syndrome.

By: Sarah Saghah 1521 reads | 0 comments

Working for a Start-Up


See how I faced my fears and worked for a company I never would have imagined working for.

By: Claudia Mathieu 630 reads | 0 comments

Redefining the Modern Internship: Where Work and Sport Intersect

Fortius Health & Sport

My first Co-op was an invaluable experience as I dabbled in the world of social media marketing, blog writing, events management and much more!

By: Ashleen Bandesha 2644 reads | 0 comments

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 881 reads | 0 comments

The First 100 Days of Co-op

First Weeks on the Job

Congratulations! You got the job offer, but now what? The first 100 days of a new job are critical for your future success --  whether that means leading a project or simply showing your team that you are an eager learner. This blog will show you how to make the most of your first 100 days on the job. 

By: Susan Nguyen 2907 reads | 0 comments

Finding Delight at Deloitte

Business Co-op

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 2484 reads | 0 comments

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 4264 reads | 0 comments

How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Professional Development

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 3030 reads | 0 comments

Work at One of the Big Four Accounting Firms: PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

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 5138 reads | 0 comments

Getting the Most Out of Your Work Term: Nine Tips for Success


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 3865 reads | 0 comments

The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out


Choosing a career is not about selecting an archetype (like ‘lawyer’, or ‘doctor’, or ‘teacher’), but about exploring who you are, what your skill set is, and what type of career will be a good fit for you. In this blog, I talk about letting go of the pressure to have it all figured out, and to instead embrace different ideas and explore different options to find a career that fits. 

By: Claire Wallace 6372 reads | 0 comments

Decision Support at Vancouver Coastal Health


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 4414 reads | 0 comments

Fishing for Experience

Your Next Co-op

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 2173 reads | 0 comments

Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

International Co-op

I used to think success depended on the separation of personal and professional passions. That was until I did a self-directed co-op term in Brazil researching some of the most successful soccer clubs. Follow me as I prepare to embark on my journey to Brazil. 

By: Christopher Maringka 5737 reads | 0 comments

Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil


In part two of my Brazillian co-op story, I arrive in São Paulo feeling overwhelmed. This all changes as I carry out my research, realizing something very powerful about the connection many Brazilians have to the sport of soccer.  

By: Christopher Maringka 1430 reads | 0 comments

The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Small Business

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 12631 reads | 0 comments

My Co-op Story: Working at Beedie’s Career Management Centre


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 7229 reads | 0 comments

Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service


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 8657 reads | 0 comments

How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Co-op Reflections

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 8868 reads | 0 comments

Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected


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 7808 reads | 0 comments

Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

Editor's Pick

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 7607 reads | 0 comments

I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!


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 9284 reads | 0 comments

My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

IT development team

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 2292 reads | 0 comments
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