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Five Easy Hacks to Excel at your Co-op!

Co-op Reflections

When it comes to an experience of a lifetime like an internship, the one question we ask ourselves over and over again is “how do I make the most out of this experience?” In this blog, I would like to share with you five game-changing strategies that you can start implementing at work!

By: Pat Chaisang 3411 reads | 0 comments
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Loving the Non-Profit Life

Workplace Success

Working at non-profit organizations may have a less-than-desirable reputation among students, especially regarding pay and prestige; and while it may not look as glamorous as working in a big corporate firm, it has a few unique perks to help you gain valuable experience. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 2104 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Your Skills by the Hour: Working in a Fast-paced Start-up

Co-op Reflections

"As I am writing this, I am only halfway through my eight-month software development co-op at Clio, but I already can confidently say that these four months might be the most valuable part of my time at SFU so far."

By: Matvei Rudenko 2202 reads | 0 comments
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The Adventures of a Rookie Accountant

Co-op

Scroll down to read about my co-op experience at an accounting firm.

By: Enoch Cheung 2081 reads | 0 comments
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Familiar, Yet Not So Familiar

Co-op Reflections

International Co-ops aren't the only way to submerge yourself in a culture.  Gurleen shares her co-op experience through which she gained a new perspective of her culture right here in Vancouver.  

By: Gurleen Dhessi 3320 reads | 0 comments
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Learning by Doing: How Co-op puts Theory into Practice

Co-op

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 2899 reads | 0 comments
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How to be a Newbie: Pro Tips for Non-Pros

Co-operative Education
Co-op is a learning experience. Learning experiences aren’t about the “Aha!” moments. They’re about how you get there – and carry yourself through awkward growing pains... 
By: Tyler Miller 5593 reads | 0 comments
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New Opportunities in a Changing Canada

Co-operative Education

A co-op semester at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) allowed International Studies student, William Reid, to learn more about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people. Read more, here. 

By: William Reid 2135 reads | 0 comments
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Four Non-CMNS Courses That Have Contributed to My Co-op Success

Co-operative Education

Think WQB requirements aren't relevant to your field of study? Think again! Kar Hing shares four non-communications courses that helped her succeed on her Co-op work term.

By: Kar Hing Ng 2563 reads | 0 comments
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Working in an English-Speaking Environment

Co-op Reflections

In today's global labour market, the ability to converse in a second language is an increasingly useful skill. Here, Jessica Tse shares some tips she learned as an international student from Hong Kong working in an English speaking environment. 

By: Jessica Tse 5425 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Purpose, Not for Profit

Marketing [SRY]

Applying for his first co-op placement, Business student, Jeffery Choi wanted a job that would be exciting and challenging, but more than anything, fulfilling. Looking for work with purpose, Jeff spent his first co-op as a Campaign Associate for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  

By: Jeffery Choi 2563 reads | 0 comments
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Thinking Outside the Box: How Volunteering Translates to Work Skills

Co-op

Criminology student, Rachel Tong shares how her volunteer experience helped her develop the marketing and community engagement skills neccesary for a co-op position with Parent Support Services of BC

By: Rachel Tong 3626 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

Personal Development

To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 4607 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Co-operative Education

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 2743 reads | 0 comments
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How to Rock the 9 to 5 Lifestyle

Career Exploration

Transitioning from student life to a 9-5 working lifestyle can take a bit time. Luckily, Jamie has a couple tips to help you quickly adjust and help you make the most of it!

By: Jamie Hill 3988 reads | 0 comments
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Five Things the Average Science Co-op Applicant Doesn’t Know

Laboratory

"It’s normal to not hear back from interviewers." Wait, what?! Science student, Richard Hsia has some sage advice to ease your mind and sharpen your competitive edge in your co-op job search. 

By: Richard Hsia 1731 reads | 0 comments
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A Summer with Parks Canada

Co-op Reflections

To be a member of Parks Canada's Toronto Urban Outreach you must first become an expert in the regions incredible national heritage sites. Environmental Science student, Francesca Marquez shares how exploring Canada's heritage sites prepared her to share her knowledge with the public during Canada's 150th anniversary. 

By: Francesca Marquez 2053 reads | 0 comments
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Insights Into Working with a Global Tech Firm

SAP

The tech sector is one of the world's fastest growing industries, making it the perfect place to launch a career. But where does that leave students with non-technical backgrounds? Following a coveted internship with SAP, Beedie student, Kevin Ng, shares his experience of working with a global tech firm. 

By: Kevin Ng 1802 reads | 0 comments
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Saving the Environment - One Co-op at a Time!

Co-operative Education

Soroush Jafaryvahed set out to learn something new every day on his co-op with Ballard Power. The experience taught him that just because you are only with a company a short time, as as student, doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lasting impact. 

 

By: Soroush M. Jafaryvahed 1641 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons why you Should Move for that Co-op Position

Career Exploration

Ever spotted your dream co-op position on MyExperience but found out it was on the other side of the country? Or worse overseas! Srijani Datta, is here to tell you about why you should, in fact, relocate for co-op. 

By: Srijani Datta 2979 reads | 0 comments
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Part 2: The Lowdown on Microplastics

Co-operative Education

Graduate student, Stephen Chastain spent two co-op terms conducting research into microscopic pollution in our oceans. Here, he shares what he learned about this pressing issue  and its global implications. 

By: Stephen Chastain 2836 reads | 0 comments
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“So, What are You Going to do with Your Arts Degree?”

Co-op

Whether you’re in your first or sixth year, explaining what you intend to do with your degree can be as frustrating as it is… well, frustrating. In this article, Abby Zaporteza sheds light on skills and opportunities, intrinsic to liberal arts. 

By: Abby Zaporteza 3446 reads | 0 comments
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Enhanced Sonograms & Patient Empowerment

CHANGEpain Clinic

Yasmin Khalili had her career mapped out way before she came to SFU, but the experience of coming to university and enrolling in the co-op program demonstrated that there are hundreds of paths and opporunities one can follow.

By: Yasmin Khalili 3894 reads | 0 comments
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Tips for non-technical students working in a technical company

Workplace Success

With the rise of the digital age, the tech industry has become the hub of all industries. As these companies become more popular, you will want these tips to succeed if you're a non-technical students looking to work in a technical company

By: Brittany Kilpatrick 4082 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op Makes a Difference: Instead of Chasing, I’m Being Chased

Co-operative Education

Have you ever wondered if extending gradutation to take part in co-op is really worth it? Find out by checking out Mark's final co-op reflection as he looks back on four co-op terms. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 3063 reads | 0 comments
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We Belong to a Caring Institution

Co-op Reflections

Have you ever wondered how university contributes to your mental health? In this article, Makshada shares what she learned about SFU's actions to promote mental health and student well-being during her co-op term with SFU Health Promotion 

By: Makshada Kowlessur 3596 reads | 0 comments
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Find your Voice: Insights into Designing your Co-op

Human Resource Management

Every experience provides the opportunity to go above and beyond. Here, Beedie Business student Jared Chiu shares how he seized the opportunity to grow his role, and how you can too. 

By: Jared Chiu 2652 reads | 0 comments
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8 Reasons Why 8 is Better than 4

Personal Development

Beginning your journey with SFU Co-op can seem daunting at first, especially if you start with an 8-month Co-op but don't be afraid of it! Check out these benefits you'll get from doing an 8-month Co-op rather than 4-months. 

By: Defne Birol 3296 reads | 0 comments
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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

Workplace Success

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 3399 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

Co-op Reflections

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 3054 reads | 0 comments
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