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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

Business

Don’t limit yourself and be active in asking to take on projects beyond the job description. Some insights from Christy’s co-op at TELUS.

By: Christy Liu 963 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

Co-op

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 1288 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

Co-operative Education

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 1303 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

Technology & Innovation

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 1012 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

Communication

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 1307 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Workplace Success

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 12093 reads | 0 comments
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7 Ways Internships are Like All You Can Eat Buffets

Communication

Working in many different Co-op positions can be analogous with sampling everything at an all you can eat buffet. You see some things that really catch your eye, and some things you know you absolutely won’t like. But the fact of the matter is, you probably won’t know exactly what every single dish will taste like until you opt in to trying it. With Co-op, it’s much the same – you probably have an idea of what you want to do, but trying something entirely new might surprise you and pique your interest for future career options.

By: Andrea Ton 3823 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

Design

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 4720 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

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 4220 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

Working Students

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 10106 reads | 0 comments
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The Marathon of the Service Desk: A First Nations Health Authority Co-op Experience

FNHA

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 11652 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Co-op Leads to Silicon Valley Dream Job with Google

Design

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 3271 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Design

digital designer

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

By: Danny Blackstock 3172 reads | 0 comments
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A Fish on Land: Adjusting to a Company’s Work Culture

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

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 11069 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

Professional Development

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 12839 reads | 0 comments
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