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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Co-operative Education

International Co-op positions provide the opportunity to discover the world while developing professional skills and contacts. But there’s a conundrum: all work and no play or no work and all play?

By: Mallory Wyant 6827 reads | 0 comments
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Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver

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Tong completed a year-long co-op work term at SAP's Vancouver office. Click to find out what it's like working for a world leading enterprise software development company. 

By: Tong Wang 6912 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

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Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let me help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

By: Jaclyn Marshall 6968 reads | 0 comments
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A Humbling First Experience

Personal Development

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

By: Andrew Ku 1060 reads | 0 comments
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The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Sports

Personal Development

If you’re considering a job in sports for your co-op term and, like Justine, you skipped gym in high school to go read in the library, this article is for you.

By: Justine Nadia 7026 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Series

Business Co-op Coordinator Caroline Wakelin shares 5 tips and can-do's for career progression and tells her own story about how reluctantly saying "yes" to a first job that wasn't her "dream job" actually ended up getting her to where she wanted. 

By: Caroline Wakelin 6780 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Co-operative Education

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 5643 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Quality and Patient Safety Implementation Assistant

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 4980 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Kensington

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 5334 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

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Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 958 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

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Living in a new city while taking on a new job serves as both a challenge and reward. In this blog post, I share the rewarding experiences I’ve had during my co-op in Ontario and explain why doing co-op outside of BC is worth it. 

By: Nathan Lee 6052 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

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Accepting a job with SFU International Co-op, Christy only expected to complete a four-month work term. This all changed when she was offered a work term extension. If you’re considering whether or not you should accept a work term extension, Christy has three big reasons why you should. 

By: Christy Liu 8027 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Technical Writing Has Changed You

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Whether you come off as a grammar snob or constantly obsess over minor details, it is inevitable that a position in technical writing will leave its mark.

By: Mike Lazar 6888 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Co-op Reflections

Want to work in different sectors during your co-op work terms and gain diverse experiences? Learn how you can diversify your co-op experience and leverage your skills by reading these five tips! 

 
By: Nakita Cheung 2671 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience at SAP

Co-op Reflections

My co-op terms have given me the ability to explore potential career choices and build invaluable work experience as well as helped me to craft my own career path. Read on to discover my co-op journey and why I highly recommend pursuing co-op with SAP. 

By: Subir Ranjan 9456 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Co-op

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 8101 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Co-op Reflections

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 9859 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Co-op

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 1448 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

Applied Sciences

I completed my undergraduate degree without doing co-op. This meant that after graduation, I was competing for jobs with others who had work experience, while I had none. Find out how doing co-op as a PhD student allowed me to not only gain work experience, but also gave me confidence in my abilities.  

By: Shruti Menon 1320 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Co-op Reflections

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 8053 reads | 0 comments
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