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The First 100 Days of Co-op

Co-op

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 12919 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Co-operative Education

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 5464 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

Human Resources 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 15998 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 5874 reads | 0 comments
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Work at One of the Big Four Accounting Firms: PwC

Your Next Co-op

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 11610 reads | 0 comments
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Getting the Most Out of Your Work Term: Nine Tips for Success

Co-op

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 14452 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out

Life Experience

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 15865 reads | 0 comments
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Decision Support at Vancouver Coastal Health

Professional Development

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 7835 reads | 0 comments
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Fishing for Experience

Co-operative Education

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 4117 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

Business

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 8020 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Research

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 3230 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Professional Development

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 14326 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Junior Policy Analyst

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 12626 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Business

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 10245 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Co-operative Education

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 10132 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Professional Development

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 4890 reads | 0 comments
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Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Co-operative Education

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 15016 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

Co-operative Education

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 12461 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part II – Reach Out to People Outside SFU

Informational Interview

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 11609 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part I – Get Involved and Utilize On-Campus Resources

Co-operative Education

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 11322 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Co-op Secures International Roles for BBA Duo

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Two Beedie undergraduate students, Luming Zhao and Xiwen Zheng, successfully secured full-time roles at the prestigious PwC Shanghai office after completing their co-op work terms there. 

By: Ross MacDonald-Allan 2417 reads | 0 comments
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Living and working abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Working Students

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 7103 reads | 0 comments
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Leo's CRA Journey: [Part 3] Reflections

Leo's CRA Journey

Leo Ng is a fifth year BBA candidate in the SFU Beedie co-op program who worked at for Canada Revenue Agency for 8 months.  He shares what training is like, learning on the job, and in this article he shares his overall reflections on what it was like to work as a Taxpayer Services Agent.

By: Leo Ng 10520 reads | 0 comments
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Lauren's Summer at Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City

International

Lauren turned to international Co-op as a way to continue gaining work experience while exploring the world. Read about her experience working for a high end international hotel chain in China.

By: Lauren Watkins 13355 reads | 0 comments
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Behind the Lens at Johnson & Johnson: Part Two

Business

Naina had the opportunity to put her passion to work at her dream company for her 8-month co-op work term. In the final installment of a two-part series, Naina takes on new responsibilites and opportunites to grow as a marketer.

By: Naina Sethi 10190 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing an International Co-op experience in Hong Kong with HSBC Global Banking and Markets

Marketing

Mario Fong travelled to Hong Kong to join the HSBC trainee program through International Co-op. Dropping everything to live in a new country provided him with personal and professional experiences he won't soon forget.

By: Mario Fong 22728 reads | 0 comments
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Spotlight on a Loaned Representative - Averyl Bancroft

Loaned Representative

Averyl Bancroft spent her co-op workterm as a Loaned Representative,as well as one of the United Way's Care-y mascots! As part of the United Way Spotlight series she shares her experience about the Loaned Rep program taking her out of her comfort zone.

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Working as a Taxpayer Services Agent at CRA

Business

Are you considering or planning to work for the government? Read on to find out more about Doug's co-op experience at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a Taxpayer Services Agent and the surprises he encountered during his work term.

By: Doug Chan 22278 reads | 0 comments
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Words from Within: A Conversation with SFU Alumnus

Alumni Spotlight

"I wanted to give students practical tips on 2 different things. How being SFU alumni can help you secure a job. How staying involved with the SFU Alumni Association is a mutually beneficial relationship." - Travis Wong, BBA '09

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Mila Lukic: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Mila Lukic, who immigrated to Canada from Serbia with her family at age 16, convocated this June with a B.Sc. in molecular biology, biochemistry and business administration with First Class honours. During her time at SFU, she completed four Co-op work terms including an international placement in Scotland for the Encouraging Global Dynamic Entrepreneurs (EDGE) program. Learn more about her achievements and experiences here.

By: Anu Chouhan 8872 reads | 0 comments
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