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Find your Voice: Insights into Designing your Co-op

Business

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 3065 reads | 0 comments
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8 Reasons Why 8 is Better than 4

Work Search

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 4102 reads | 0 comments
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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

Marketing

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 3975 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

Communication, Art and Technology

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 3367 reads | 0 comments
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Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Marketing [SRY]

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 4239 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

City of Surrey

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 3796 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Okay to Say “No”

Communique

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 3819 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Resilience

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 2713 reads | 0 comments
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How to Deal with Being the Smartest One in the Office

Career Exploration

“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 4658 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Business

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 4783 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

Co-operative Education

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 2786 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

Life Experience

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 3900 reads | 0 comments
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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Co-op Reflections

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 4621 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Co-operative Education

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 3517 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Engineering

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 4576 reads | 0 comments
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Step by Step: Building Job Experience as an International Student

Seeking Students

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 3312 reads | 0 comments
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Working for the CBC, My Favourite Moments, and Some Tips for Aspiring Journalists

Personal Development

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 4498 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

School for Contemporary Arts

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 2752 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 4162 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Co-operative Education

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 3944 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 4379 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 3971 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Prepare for Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 7214 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

public service

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 4720 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 4275 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Environment

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 3114 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Co-operative Education

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 4043 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

OLC Blog

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 3510 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

Co-operative Education

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 3729 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

Business

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

By: Linh Nguyen 3381 reads | 0 comments
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