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Golden Opportunity: How I Accidentally Ended Up at a Fortune 500 Mining Company

Career Exploration

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 2073 reads | 0 comments
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Becoming A $60K Assistant

Management Information Systems (MIS)

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

By: Sharon 1269 reads | 0 comments
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Social Media 101: 4 Tips to Ace Social Media Management for an Institution out of Your Expertise

Co-op

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 1400 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

Seaspan

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 1493 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Through the First Month of your Co-op

Business

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 2144 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 1579 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 1540 reads | 0 comments
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Being Qualified-ish

Co-operative Education

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 1814 reads | 0 comments
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Five Essential Skills for Cmns Co-ops

Co-operative Education

Are you wondering what skills you might need for a job in CMNS? Co-op student Amy unpacks five essential skills for your future CMNS career you might want to develop.

By: Amy Chui 1563 reads | 0 comments
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How to Mess Up at Work and not Get Fired

Co-operative Education

Is messing up at work one of your greatest fears that keeps you up at night? Taylor talks about how to deal with mistakes in the workplace. The end of the world can eventually turn into a valuable experience worthy of mentioning in your resume.

By: Taylor Wagner 2143 reads | 0 comments
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Fake It Till You Make It

Co-op

“Business courses helped me with workplace etiquette, while Communication courses allowed me to develop different perspectives.” Human Resources student Tabraiz reveals the hidden benefits of applying to jobs outside of your major and gaining a unique, mix-matched skillset.

By: Tabraiz Sanaullah 1669 reads | 0 comments
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What Happens When You "Don't Want to Bother Your Boss" with Questions?

Co-op Reflections

“Should I ask my boss what to do, or am I being annoying and asking them too many questions?” Leo emphasizes the importance of establishing a clear line of communication with your supervisor and not being afraid to ask for clarification.

By: Leo Schoch-Tougas 1909 reads | 0 comments
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A View from the Other Side of the Table: Interviewing from a Co-op Student's Perspective

Co-operative Education

Ever wondered what your interviewers were thinking? Amanda takes us behind the scenes of an interview process and shares how to prepare for trick questions, ways to leave a strong first impression and techniques for highlighting skills and experience. 

By: Amanda Pataky 2069 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Thrive in Discomfort

Communique

"Discomfort isn't bad - it's just stepping outside of your comfort zone." From embracing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, to seeking out constructive feedback, Magali offers ways to survive and succeed in a new work environment.  

By: Magali Bureau 2331 reads | 0 comments
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Read Beyond the Job Description

Co-op Reflections

"When you work at a start-up, literally anything can happen." Anmol takes us into a world where content is born out of chaos, and the landscape is dynamic, creative and challenging.  Becoming an integral part of a new company and seeing your creations make an impact can be one of the most rewarding experiences.  

By: Anmol Boparai 1756 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips to Make Your Long Commute to Work a Little Easier

Co-operative Education

Mysteries, money management and meditation: how do you spend your commute? Sarah recommends ways to make that daily bus ride feel a little shorter and add extra pep to your work morning. 

By: Sarah Lachance 2112 reads | 0 comments
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Struggles of an Extrovert: Tips for Embracing your Work Environment Preferences

Communique

"Can an office be "too quiet"? Is that even a thing?" Certified extrovert Sonya shares advice for adjusting to a new workplace and explains how to conduct a thorough 'me-search'.  

By: Sonya Hartwig 2365 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering my career path in Investment Management

Personal Development

My university experience has been a roller coaster to say the least. From moving to a brand-new city without knowing anyone to embarking on multiple co-ops in finance related roles, I discovered who I wanted to become and the path I needed to take to get there.

By: Chris Moric 1617 reads | 0 comments
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When You Don't Get 'The ONE'

Co-operative Education

So maybe you did not land your dream co-op job.  Don't despair - Rutendo explains how an unexpected position might just be a huge blessing in disguise.  

By: Rutendo Munatsirei 2031 reads | 0 comments
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A Series of Fortunate Events

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Mechatronic Systems Engineering student Guninder Malhi, shares how experience gained  through an SFU research position allowed him to build the skills necessary to kick start a career. 

By: Guninder Malhi 1813 reads | 0 comments
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Preparing for End of Life Care: An Interview with Shannon Ediger

Co-operative Education

How do you want to live at the end of your life? Seerit Hara shares her interview with her co-op supervisor at Langley Memorial Hospital about the importance of advance care planning. 

By: Seerit Hara 1990 reads | 0 comments
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Paving the Way for Community Engagement

Co-op

Engaging with our communities provides opportunities to connect, grow, and give back. Jasleen shares how her co-op with the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue lived up to SFU's reputation as Canada's most engaged university. 

By: Jasleen Bains 1967 reads | 0 comments
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When it Comes to Your Career, Try Everything

Communique

Do you look into the future and see a thousand different paths after graduation? Juliette reflects on her time at Careers in Communications and reveals the benefits of figuring out what you hate before deciding what you love.  

By: Juliette Halliday 2431 reads | 0 comments
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A Journey of Courage and Gratitude

Co-operative Education

Tony Cheng's experience with CanCap Pharmaceutical served as a reminder that personal growth is often about taking initiative, having gratitude, and getting out of your comfort zone. 

By: Tony Cheng 2063 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

Co-op Reflections

Creativity doesn't stop in the world of a technical writer.  Emily reveals how writing "is often much more than imagery and metaphors" and that stepping out of your comfort zone might just reveal a whole new path.  

By: Emily Watt 2208 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

Co-op Reflections

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 2782 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-op

"Have you ever asked yourself these questions – Why should I volunteer? Is stepping out of my comfort zone really going to benefit me?  If you have, then you are on the right page!"

By: Cody Chau 2029 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Business

When Taylor Nguyen imagined working at a large bank, she pictured cubicles, formal attire, and stacks of documents. What she found instead were opportunities to learn and create in a fun and collaboratve environment. 

By: Taylor Nguyen 2050 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Co-op

Fahad Faruque discusses highlights from his co-op semester in quality assurance at PepsiCo. 

By: Fahad Faruque 2614 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Co-op Reflections

Beedie Business student, Christopher Pun shares what he's learned about the art of giving and receiving feedback in the workplace. 

By: Christopher Pun 2414 reads | 0 comments
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