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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Co-operative Education

It is easy to become stressed in an unfamiliar and fast-pace working environment, no matter which field you are in, but good strategies can help you reduce stress and learn to work more efficiently. Mi Zhou shares her tips from her co-op with OSI Maritime Systems. 

By: Mi Zhou 1072 reads | 0 comments
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Recruitment & Career Development: What Employers Want

Engineering

Having been involved in recruitment and on-boarding processes, discussions with managers and engineering recruitment teams, I share my experiences in recruitment and career development to give you insight into what employers are looking for. 

By: Paul Vu 10181 reads | 0 comments
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The Unconventional Job Hunt: Creating Your Own Co-op Opportunities

4D LABS

In five years at SFU, engineering physics undergrad Scott Beaupré landed three co-op job positions and four research projects without ever dropping off a résumé. Find out how! 

By: Taylor McKinney 10451 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Co-op

Planning upfront saves you from last minute hustles. This article will prepare you for co-op in a city outside Vancouver where new opportunities and variable threats are waiting.

By: Akbar Samani 4282 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Engineering

Being a successful developer doesn’t come easy. In this blog post, I offer five tips that I have learned through my co-op experience as a Web and Mobile Developer to help you get there with fewer bumps in the road.

By: Tsung Kai (Eric) Lee 6461 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

LAEC

Practical experience isn't always gained in the classroom. Sure there are labs and projects, but nothing tops a real workplace environment. If you’re second guessing participating in co-op because of delaying your graduation, this post is for you! 

By: Christopher Chew 7160 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

R&D

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 6228 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

Applied Sciences

I completed my undergraduate degree without doing co-op. This meant that after graduation, I was competing for jobs with others who had work experience, while I had none. Find out how doing co-op as a PhD student allowed me to not only gain work experience, but also gave me confidence in my abilities.  

By: Shruti Menon 2136 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Co-op no Rush

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 8412 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

Sierra Wireless

Ever wondered what makes the difference between a consumer level product and an industrial one? Read on and find out some of the key differences that make industrial level products stand out in reliability. 

By: Harry He 11867 reads | 0 comments
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The Value of Growth: Sowing the Seeds for Future Success

Co-operative Education

Growth is about constantly challenging and stretching ourselves, both personally and professionally. Through co-op, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from my peers and mentors, truly experiencing and understanding the value of growth in the process. 

By: Aakriti Arora 10387 reads | 0 comments
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How My Personal Projects Landed Me a Research Co-op Helping Others

Personal Development

In my experience with co-op, personal projects and hobbies outside of school gave me the tools to build something in practice. This not only made me much more competitive in the job search, but also allowed me to acquire a co-op position where the work was directed at improving lives of other people. 

By: Sohail Sangha
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Beast in the East: Why You Should Go Away For Co-op

Applied Sciences

If you’ve only been looking for co-op placements in the Greater Vancouver area, here’s why you should definitely reconsider.

By: Imran Kanji 3643 reads | 0 comments
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Touch the Future of Hydrogen Storage

Applied Sciences

The future of energy belongs to hydrogen but you can be part of the future as well. Take part in the development of the next generation power source and learn engineering knowledge throughout the whole process with Hydrogen In Motion Inc. at Powertech Labs Inc..

By: Weilin Sun 2478 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Jobs Help Fulfill Iron Man Career Ambition

Silicon Valley

Sheldan Manansala's childhood dreams came true as his journey took him to land a co-op at Tesla Motors.  

By: Caitlin Dawson 2868 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

Technology & Innovation

The Mechatronics Systems Engineering program puts a focus on a broad scope of experience, Co-op student, Austin Tsai shares his three work terms that provided him with a wide variety of experience to match his educational background.

By: Austin Tsai 13512 reads | 0 comments
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The 3-Minute Co-op Competition: Day Two

EA Sports

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 15617 reads | 0 comments
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Mechatronics Co-op Alumni Profile: Chris Stewart

Co-op

Chris Stewart is a junior engineer at Brock Solutions. He works in the development of control systems for airport baggage handling systems and has been working with Brock since November 2011. 

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Mechatronics Co-op Student Profile: Armaghan Mogouei

Student Spotlight

Mogouei shares with all women that are thinking of Mechatronic Systems Engineering as an ideal fit, because it allows you to explore various engineering disciplines and industry application. Armaghan Mogouei is following her dreams through her work with Ballard Power Systems.

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Mechatronics Co-op Profile: Brendon Sauer

Student Spotlight

Fusing the world of Business and Mechatronics, Brendon Sauer has shown that MSE students really can have the bFusing the world of Business and Mechatronics, Brendon Sauer has shown that MSE students really can have the best of both worlds. Read more about his experience at Discover Energy.

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Mechatronics Co-op Student Profile: Spencer Steel

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Steele is a well-rounded individual who has no doubt that his strong mechanical aptitude derived from restoring classic cars and fabricating Drydock systems for his family company, MRX Marine, has helped him get his last two co-op jobs. He also believes that it is important for MSE students to get involved and have interests outside of lasses.

 

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Leif Stroman's High-Tech Co-op Experience

Engineering

Leif Stroman shares his amazing  high-tech co-op experience, working in Whistler for Recon Instruments. As the only software engineer for Recon's new Transcent goggles, he was able to influence major product decisions from start to finish (which included plenty of mid-air and mountain-top testing!)

By: Chloe Smith 5495 reads | 0 comments
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