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How I Brought My Office to My Home

Co-op

It was confusing figuring out how to work from home on a short notice back in March 2020. Since then, Terry has been learning and reflecting on what really makes a home office productive and what is needed to keep it a friendly and productive environment. Read on to learn more about his insights.

By: Terry Zhu 703 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Co-op

Top Tip Lists

Thinking about doing a co-op term but not sure how to have a successful experience? Starting a co-op term for the first time can be daunting. Here are a few tips to make the best out of your co-op opportunity. 

By: Cooper White 889 reads | 0 comments
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The Importance Of Coffee Breaks: Friends, Coffee, Fun. All While Working In An Enterprise.

Co-operative Education

Coffee breaks provide an opportunity to take your eye away from the screen, gather your thoughts, and the chance to network with colleagues. For a project to be successful, it is vital to be able to work well with others while managing your own work load. Terry explains how coffee breaks can help you build relationships and bonds with colleagues!

By: Terry Zhu 721 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Journey: How I Landed a Co-op working on 3 New Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard

Co-operative Education

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up” - Les Brown

By: Seraphina Augustus 1622 reads | 0 comments
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From Tech-E@SFU to Chinese Hardware Accelerator

Co-op

Mechatronic Systems Engineering student, Ryan Threlfall travelled across the world to build a sleep-wearable that will help millions of habitual snorers. 

By: Ryan Threlfall 1877 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

It is not hard to produce a perfect car. The difficulty lies in manufacturing 100,000 cars exactly alike. Read about the challenge of manufacturing modern luxury vehicles at Tesla Inc. 

By: Ryan Fielding 4303 reads | 0 comments
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A Startup Journey: Addressing Water Scarcity through Tech

Co-op Reflections

From concept to implementation, launching a start-up can be both exhilarating and demanding. Mechatronic System Engineering students, Hitesh and Devpreet share their start-up journey with Venture Connections and TechE@SFU. 

By: Hitesh Advani & Devpreet Bhullar 2324 reads | 0 comments
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Learning by Doing: How Co-op puts Theory into Practice

Verathon

Puneet Sran shares her experience from her most recent co-op with Verathon: "As someone who never imagined being an engineer, I have been extremely fortunate to work in such a technical field, among highly intelligent individuals". 

By: Puneet Sran 3451 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Co-op Reflections

Veteran co-op student, Mouataz Kaddoura, shares valuable lessons learned from co-op terms with Avigilon, MENRVA, Biomedical Research Lab, and Shield-X Technology. 

By: Mouataz Kaddoura 3306 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Co-op Reflections

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 4865 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Co-op Reflections

I used to be afraid of applying for software related co-ops, let alone working in software development/testing environments. In this article, I am going over my journey about how I overcame that fear and got into a software co-op.

By: Ramandeep Jhalli 4110 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Engineering Co-op

Co-operative Education

This article provides a few tips to improve your co-op work search. Having completed a few co-op positions, I’ve learned methods that have helped me get a co-op job offer. Some of the tips may seem cliché but when the little things add up, they can help improve one’s chances by a margin.

By: Alex Wu 6216 reads | 0 comments
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MSE Grad Lands Plum General Motors Job

Applied Sciences

Mechatronic Systems Engineering graduate, Zahra Haeri, went in to interview for a co-op position at General Motors but left with an offer for a full-time permanent position. Read Zahra's story on moving from Iran, and the common ground between engineering and jiu-jitsu.

By: Will Henderson 3010 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Workplace Success

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 4739 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Applied Sciences

As a co-op student, one of the toughest decisions you will make is whether to extend your contract or to go back to school. In this blog, I provide a detailed guide to help you decide whether to extend, or not to extend.   

By: Aryan Maghsoud 7183 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Applied Sciences

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 4341 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Working Students

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 7716 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Co-operative Education

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 8514 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 10463 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Engineering

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 8643 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Tolko Industries

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 10568 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

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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 14624 reads | 0 comments
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How My Personal Projects Landed Me a Research Co-op Helping Others

Professional 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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Touch the Future of Hydrogen Storage

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 4403 reads | 0 comments
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Getting out of my Rut: How Co-op Changed my Life

Co-op Reflections

Jason shares how co-op has helped him develop personally and professionally.  He takes us back in time and back as he shares his life before co-op and contrasts it to where he is now. 

By: Jason Wallace 4843 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being Smart Isn’t Enough

Applied Sciences

You meet a lot of intelligent people working in research, but intelligence isn’t going to get you far as a researcher. The ability to communicate with your peers and to external viewers is critical to being successful. Read on as I share my experience working amongst research lab groups and why it’s a valuable skill to be able to communicate to those both in and outside your field.

By: Charlie Bennett 5832 reads | 0 comments
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Tackling an Industrial Co-op: A Few Tips on Getting Started

Kodak

Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student, James Wang, spent his last co-op accumulating industrial experience at Kodak.  He shares his top four tips for success when working in a company setting.

By: James Wang 5325 reads | 0 comments
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Engineering My Co-op Journey

Communications Test Design

Can’t find a co-op and feel like there’s no hope left? Many students experience this in their first search term, including Mehul Gautam.  Mehul struggled to get his first and second co-op, but as he gained more experience it got easier over time.  Read on to find out how he overcame these challenges and ended up working for one of the largest engineering companies in the world!

By: Mehul Gautam 12586 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

Mainroad Contracting LP

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 17547 reads | 0 comments
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Anudeep's Life Changing Co-op Experience

Research

Anudeep Chohan reflects back on his Co-op experience after completing four Engineering Co-op terms. After completing work terms on and off campus he shares how Co-op shaped his career, and himself.

By: Anudeep Chohan 14137 reads | 0 comments
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