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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

Co-operative Education

Mimi's co-op as a UX Designer at the City of Surrey provided opportunities to improve user experience by creating digital solutions for city services through user-centered design. Read her story, here. 

By: Mimi Tsai 1542 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from a Co-op Outside of your Field

Communication, Art and Technology

When Sara began her co-op search she was set on Silicon Valley but soon realized a little local experience was needed. A semester working for International Services for Students at SFU gave her the skills and experience to more confidently pursue her dreams. 

By: Sara Milosavic 949 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed in a new workplace. School of Interactive Art and Technology student, Jimmy Phung shares his tips for rocking at work, without hitting rock bottom.

By: Jimmy Phung 2613 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

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Interactive Arts & Technology student, Fahad Hasany shares how co-op taught him to be confident learning the tools of the trade with the City of Surrey. 

By: Fahad Hasany 2758 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

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Are you an aspiring UX Researcher? Fourth-year SIAT student and UX Researcher at Samsung, Alireza Mogharrab, shares key tips for creating effective usability studies. 

By: Alireza Mogharrab 2161 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

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For a lot of us who are natural creatives, what more of a dream would it be to do what we love? Working in design might seem like the best of both worlds, but the reality of combining work and play isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

By: Chantelle Lui 2958 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as proposing a new idea or a new design. Careful consideration is given to how a project is approached by developers, users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance of designing in phases and the considerations she took working as a UX designer.

By: Amanda Poh 13311 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

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From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I share my experiences and lessons learned from when I lived and worked in the heart of Bavaria, Germany at the adidas Group global headquarters.

By: Gary Li 5887 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

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Congrats! You’ve landed that job you worked so hard to get. Now what? Here's a guide with tips on how to to prepare for your new co-op term!

By: Charmaine Wu 5576 reads | 0 comments
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The Marathon of the Service Desk: A First Nations Health Authority Co-op Experience

Co-op Reflections

Do you enjoy working with computers? Do you find the idea of solving puzzles to be exhilarating? Do you want to help people get introduced to the world of computers? If so, perhaps a Service Desk Analyst will be a perfect fit for you. Follow SIAT student, Michael Sandrin, in his first occupational adventure: working as a Service Desk Analyst for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). 

By: Michael Sandrin 13595 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Co-op Leads to Silicon Valley Dream Job with Google

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Steven Phan's professional journey started long before he got a prize job as an interaction designer at Google. The SFU student’s career success started after he enrolled as a SIAT student and took advantage of the school’s co-op program. 

By: Tyler Gallop 4274 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Design

Co-operative Education

Danny shares how he has developed as a result of his UX design co-op experiences.

By: Danny Blackstock 4224 reads | 0 comments
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A Fish on Land: Adjusting to a Company’s Work Culture

Communication, Art and Technology

Nervous heart palpitations, a piercing adrenaline rush, and a case of the stutters; like many Co-op students on their first day at work, I had just been asked to present an introductory speech in front of my colleagues.

By: Fiona Leung 13049 reads | 0 comments
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Taste of BlackBerry Fruitful for Co-op Students

Co-op Reflections

SFU students involved in Co-op work terms at BlackBerry (one of the program’s biggest employers) are getting more than a hands-on experience. Many are landing plum positions. Last year alone, 263 SFU students completed terms with the high profile company.

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How to get your SIAT project into an art gallery

Work Projects

Have you ever dreamed of having your artwork on display in an art gallery? When I decided that this was something I wanted to accomplish a few months ago, I had no idea how soon it would become a reality.

By: Allison Koberstein 13717 reads | 0 comments
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