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Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Co-operative Education

An incredible co-op term with Goldcorp taught Joselyn Hernandez to be open minded when  searching for co-op opportunities. You never know which organization, industry or position you might end up liking until you try. 

By: Joselyn Hernandez 3857 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 3293 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Okay to Say “No”

Personal Development

Frankly, I am terrible at saying “no.” Maybe it’s a strong work ethic that has been etched into my existence since I was a child. Maybe it’s not wanting to appear incompetent to the people who could potentially hire me back into a full-time role. Whatever it was, it seemed like my plate was packed to the brim. 

By: Ryan Lee 3378 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Co-op

Bouncing back from hurdles and setbacks is an important part of career building. Environmental Science student, Ria Yao shares how she developed resilience and patience in the face of rejection.

By: Ria Yao 2331 reads | 0 comments
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How to Deal with Being the Smartest One in the Office

Work Search

“What?!” you must be thinking, “who the heck does she think she is?” Don’t worry – I don’t actually believe I’m the smartest one in my office; far from it in fact. But, it was an inside joke during my time working in SFU’s Career and Volunteer Services that lead me to understand the type of workplace culture that suited me best.

By: Taylor Wagner 4205 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Co-op Reflections

Derek Woo traveled to Hong Kong for co-op with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. To keep in touch, he sent postcards home, sharing each leg of his journey as he traversed one of the world's most bustling cities. 

 

By: OLC Admin 4581 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

Co-op

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 2519 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

Personal Development

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 3511 reads | 0 comments
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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Co-operative Education

For her second co-op, Environmental Science student Tegan Gallilee-Lang ventured out to the Greater Vancouver Zoo to assist the Fraser Valley Wetlands Wildlife Project. Read about her adventures on the job and her new animal friends!

By: Tegan Gallilee-Lang 4337 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Arts and Social Sciences

Surviving in a trading fort in the wild west now known as British Columbia was tough in the 1800s. A time when 9 out of 10 of your meals would have been salmon and potatoes and grocery shopping would mean bringing a musket into the woods. Alexis, shares what she learned about surviving the 1800s. 

By: Alexis Chan 3030 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 3711 reads | 0 comments
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Step by Step: Building Job Experience as an International Student

Business

It isn’t always easy to get your first local job as an international student. However, there may be some short-cuts that you didn’t know about. Siyu Liu, a fourth year business student, has  advice for fellow international students on how to build local work experience

By: Siyu Liu 2965 reads | 0 comments
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Working for the CBC, My Favourite Moments, and Some Tips for Aspiring Journalists

Life Experience

From a young age, Ashley Fraser loved telling stories.  While studying communications at SFU she began to realise that journalism might be her future career and the CBC Peter Gzwoski internship opportunity was the perfect way to get her start. 

By: Ashley Fraser 4030 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Career Exploration

What one fourth-year student discovered while wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness, searching for the right path in life, theatre, and the pursuit of happiness.

By: Diana Bartosh 2526 reads | 0 comments
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Into the Wilderness: My Co-op experience with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Yukon Region

Communique

The Yukon was always a mystery to me; something I didn’t know very much about. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and have never been up North before. I was unsure what to expect for my four month long co-op term with INAC, let alone what Whitehorse had in store for me. But a place that held beautiful blue lakes and rivers, and breathtaking mountaintop views, I could not have asked for a better place to spend my fifth co-op term.

By: Kathryn Norada 3803 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Applied Sciences

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 3615 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from Communication Co-op Alumni

Communique

A panel of alumni visited the CMNS 110 class recently to share their insights and advice. Ranging from a variety of industries – health, government, public relations, broadcasting, tech and education

By: Brandon Chow 3993 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Co-operative Education

My experience working with the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Yellowknife, N.W.T.

By: Yee Ting Choy 3542 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Prepare for Co-op

Interviews

Embarking on your first Co-op placement? Thinking of applying to the Co-op program? In this comic guide, Linnea offers five tips that will give you a fresh outlook on how to update your resume, build up the confidence to go on interviews, and set yourself up for success. You’ve got this! 

By: Linnea Vo 6514 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Co-op Reflections

Criminology student, Tylor Mason, enjoyed his co-op with British Columbia's Employment Standards Branch so much that a four-month placement quickly turned into one year. Find out why, here. 

By: Tylor Mason 4239 reads | 0 comments
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Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward or in Your Mouth?

Career Services

If an employer you applied to never gets back to you, it’s easy to get down on yourself. We’ve all been there. Learn from my failures to put your best foot forward when applying for jobs. 

By: Haley Pihowich 3945 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Non-profit

To anyone out there considering working for a not for profit organization, I want to share the lessons I learned at Watershed Watch with you. 

By: Mariah Mund 2746 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Co-op

Here I will list three reasons why I still benefited from accepting a position in a work term that was not directly related to my field of study. 

By: Lauren McNeilly 3745 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

Working Students

If you are about to start applying for co-ops or trying to decide if another co-op term at the same organization is right for you, read about my experience of how a surprising situation can lead to a positive experience.

By: Kaylie Wong 3117 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

During the Work Term

If you want to extract every opportunity from your co-op term, take these proactive steps to grow professionally beyond your job title. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 3303 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

During the Work Term

Linh shares her experience working in the HR department of a biotech firm.

By: Linh Nguyen 3097 reads | 0 comments
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From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

Co-op

When opportunities in Vancouver were slim, I took the chance of embracing an experience on the other side of Canada, and in the process gained experience, networks, and memories that defined my final summer of university.

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 2572 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

BCLC

Keep on reading below to learn how I succeeded in my co-op term as an introvert and overcame my impostor syndrome.

By: Sarah Saghah 5342 reads | 0 comments
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Working for a Start-Up

Marketing

See how I faced my fears and worked for a company I never would have imagined working for.

By: Claudia Mathieu 3827 reads | 0 comments
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Traveling with SFU NATO Club Cofounder, Cornel Turdeanu

Professional Development

Are you having a hard time deciding on whether or not to go on exchange or field school? Are you passionate about topics like national security, defense, and diplomacy? Find out what Cornel has to say about his experience with SFU NATO Club! 

By: Queenie Lei 5239 reads | 0 comments
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