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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

Co-op

Are you looking for an International Co-op with a not-for-profit organization? Are you torn between finding a job you like and something that pays well? Are you wondering whether you will be able to gain valuable skills and knowledge from working for a not-for-profit? Continue reading this article for more information about how to look for International co-op opportunities with not-for-profits, funding scares, and takeaways.

By: Gursahib Gill 342 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

International

Have you landed an International Co-op work-term and begun preparing for your semester abroad? Surely, you have done your research and are aware of the cultural differences and nuances between where you are going, and your home country? If you haven’t, have no fear! This article is meant to help you understand the basic tips and tricks to adjust to the cultural differences in your new workplace, making your transition much easier.

By: Gursahib Gill 336 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

OLC Blog

Have you ever considered travelling alone? Does it make your nervous? Well, you are not alone. There are many benefits to travelling alone and what better way to experience another country and culture than through a short-term International Co-op term? Read on to learn some tips & tricks when travelling alone.

By: Gursahib Gill 318 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

Co-op

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

By: Gursahib Gill 348 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse into the Privy Council Office – Part 2 of 2

Professional Development

In part two of this series, Troy Liu gets the chance to attend a meet and greet with the Clerk of the Privy Council and the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Read on to learn what the Clerk had to say on the importance of prioritizing, good judgement, stiving for excellence, and professionallism. 

By: Troy Liu 285 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse Into The Privy Council Office – Part 1 of 2

Co-operative Education

In this first part of the series, Troy Liu sits down with the senior policy asdivsor at the Privy Council Office (PCO) to gain insight on the challenges of the role. Read on to see what adivce the senior policy advisor gives on professional development, and work-life balance.

By: Troy Liu 299 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 323 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Helped Me Engage With the Community

Business

Looking to succeed in Co-op while making the most of your experience? Natalia shares the best lessons she has gained her during co-op experience, and explains how to stay on top of your tasks while still enjoying the experience and having fun!

By: Natalia Vinueza Vanegas 318 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash

Co-operative Education

 "It's two hours past lunchtime, and you're starting to feel it - you slowly start to doze off."  read 5 tips from Bessie that will help you to avoid the mid-day crush.

By: Bessie Wong 1557 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Co-op at Simba Technologies, Division of Magnitude Software

Computing Science

Ever wondered how academic work and practical application can overlap? Ivan reflects on his co-op experience on how the work environment provided him with an opportunity to sharpen his technical expertise and social skills. His experience captures how a co-op term can be helpful in shaping one’s future career.

By: Ivan Hoo 384 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Over Imposter Syndrome at Your Co-op

Co-operative Education

"A lot of students going through their co-op terms have the same fear – as a student, how should one cope transitioning into an office environment with smart and experienced professionals? The simple answer to this issue is to be confident!" 

By: Daniel Cossio 476 reads | 0 comments
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Why Work At a Start-Up? My Co-op Term at Tradable Bits

Communique

After doing her co-op for a start-up, Margaret Leong shares 6 reasons why you should do it too! Read the article and find out why working at a start-up can be so rewarding. 

By: Margaret Leong 493 reads | 0 comments
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Working at a Startup vs. Large Corporation: Which is right for you?

Team spirit

My two-year roller coaster ride through Intel: A year after embarking on Intel’s newly acquired startup company, the project was shut down and a few members of the team, including myself, were lucky enough to be transferred to a different Intel group. Here’s my experience working in a startup vs working in a large corporation like Intel.

By: Darryl Fonseka 554 reads | 0 comments
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Taking The Next ‘Big’ Step: Working at The Canada Revenue Agency

Co-operative Education

Considering whether you want to work at a small company or a large organization? Try out both! Enjoying the support and intimate company culture while working at a small company, I was worried about my work going unnoticed and a lack of communication at a large organization. Find out how wrong I was!

By: Matthew Lee 527 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Health and Counselling Services: More Than Just Your Average School Clinic

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SFU's Health and Counselling Services are offering incredible services and events to help students deal with the stress and anxiety that school life brings. So why aren't more students taking advantage of these services? Mutinta, who worked with HCS, brings awareness to many of the awesome resources HCS provides.

By: Mutinta Bbela 565 reads | 0 comments
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Finding the Right Fit: A Guide to Job Hunting

Career Exploration

After reaching the end of her first co-op semester, Amanda, a Business co-op student, reflects on her experience and shares tips on how to find a position that is best suited to help you achieve your goals

By: Amanda Dunbar 615 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Things I Learned Working With The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

The transition from a normal part-time job to a full-time, career-defining position is not always easy. Read on to find out how Hayley faces her challenges as well as providing 5 valuable strategies to make the most of your co-op experience.

By: Hayley Patrus 544 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth It?

Communique

To do or not to do? In this article, Thuy An talks about the pros of the co-op program and how it can benefit your future career. 

By: Thuy An Lam 965 reads | 0 comments
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My Adventures working with the BC Lottery Corporation

Co-operative Education

Is working in an unfamiliar industry scary to you? Don’t know what to prepare before working in a co-op? Read on to find out more.

By: Cloris Sun 1268 reads | 0 comments
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Moving From Retail to Corporate : Life as an Operational Specialist at Canadian Western Trust

Business

For three years I worked part-time at TD Canada Trust as a customer service representative and eventually a personal banking associate.

By: Phuong Mai 822 reads | 0 comments
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Small Firm, Big Opportunities: Insights into Working at a Small Firm

Finance

If you ever wondered what it was like working at a small to mid-size accounting firm, read on for a few insights from my first co-op work term!

By: Kaadambari Ravi 969 reads | 0 comments
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Gzowski 2019: Intership with CBC

Co-op Reflections

"I cried the day I heard that I had won the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship" Sonya shares her story on how she ended up being an intern at CBC Radio and why it's so important to not give up on your dreams. 

By: Sonya Hartwig 1436 reads | 0 comments
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Golden Opportunity: How I Accidentally Ended Up at a Fortune 500 Mining Company

Co-operative Education

What many students may not know is that it can be very disheartening to apply for jobs at first. You may not receive many responses. It feels almost as if all the positions you want have already been filled. 

By: Farah Jhumra 1710 reads | 0 comments
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Becoming A $60K Assistant

Being Proactive

When I first started at PCL as an Administrative Student, I was slightly disappointed.

By: Sharon 871 reads | 0 comments
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Social Media 101: 4 Tips to Ace Social Media Management for an Institution out of Your Expertise

Communication

Curious how to run social media for a company out of your expertise? Take a look at Cristyn's article, where she reveals the best approaches to social media management and get ready to work in the field!

By: Cristyn Fung 1139 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

Canadian Coast Guard

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 955 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Through the First Month of your Co-op

Top Tip Lists

Getting Through the First Month of Your Co-op: How do you prepare for a new work term? And how do you survive the first month in a new co-op position? Business Major Anca Zgreaban shares five tips for easing smoothly from a study semester into a working term.

By: Anca Zgreaban 1558 reads | 0 comments
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3 Myths About Working in the Technology Industry Out of Town

Co-operative Education

Working in a technological industry as a non-tech student is much more exciting as you might have thought of it. Hilda shares her experience and debunks three myths about this niche.

By: Hilda Martin Kasyanju 1322 reads | 0 comments
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Corporate Environments DO In Fact Contain Interesting People

Co-operative Education

If you think that working for a corporation is incredibly dull in terms of social connections, take a look at Leo's article, where he busts this myth!

By: Leo Schoch-Tougas 1278 reads | 0 comments
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Being Qualified-ish

Co-op

Have you ever felt that you are not qualified enough for a job you just got? Privilege explains why it is more than alright to be a newbie and what you should understand about your position to take the best from your co-op term.

By: Privilege Rundogo 1454 reads | 0 comments
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