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Working in the Public Service - 3 Key Realizations

federal government

Curious about what it's like working in public service? Joseph breaks down his role as the Web Communications Assistant for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read on to learn about his experience. 

By: Joseph Hilario 1545 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Teach and Not Just Treat Patients

Co-op

As a Laser Therapist/Clinic Office Assistant, Kim discovered that learning occurs every day and everywhere. Not only did she apply knowledge from school, but researched and learned about the different patient conditions she treated, teaching patients about their conditions and care. 

By: Kim Bautista 1247 reads | 0 comments
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SWIFT Institute Student Challenge 2017: Cybersecure Banking

Contests

The SWIFT Institute, global provider of secure financial messaging services is hosting a challenge open to all post-secondary students studying at Canadian Universities:  SWIFT’s Student Challenge.  

By: admin 5574 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Indigenous Day: Celebrating Knowledge and Culture

First Nations Student Association

On September 28th, the First Nations Student Association (FNSA) hosted the third annual SFU Indigenous Day. An event that brings together students, faculty, artists and community members to celebrate Indigenous culture. 

By: Taylor McKinney 1624 reads | 0 comments
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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

Work Search

When you think of a startup, does the HBO series, Silicon Valley come to mind? While the computers, parked bottoms, and long hours don’t stray too far from the truth, Melissa clears up some misconceptions about the startup life.

By: Melissa Ong 4603 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

Research

I used to think success depended on the separation of personal and professional passions. That was until I did a self-directed co-op term in Brazil researching some of the most successful soccer clubs. Follow me as I prepare to embark on my journey to Brazil. 

By: Christopher Maringka 4823 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Personal Development

In part two of my Brazillian co-op story, I arrive in São Paulo feeling overwhelmed. This all changes as I carry out my research, realizing something very powerful about the connection many Brazilians have to the sport of soccer.  

By: Christopher Maringka 1025 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Co-operative Education

What do Dungeons & Dragons and whitewater rafting have to do with software development? Aidan did an 8-month co-op work term at Safe Software where he participated in many such team building activities. Here, he discusses Safe's amazing work culture and shares thoughts from his experience. 

By: Aidan Wessel 8815 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Co-op Reflections

Nowhere are the dire effects of climate change more apparent than in the Arctic. Join Sarah as she recounts her 3-week expedition at the top of the world and the 3 invaluable life lessons learned along the way. 

By: Sarah Gutzmann 1866 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

Preparing for a Work Term

Congrats! You’ve landed that job you worked so hard to get. Now what? Here's a guide with tips on how to to prepare for your new co-op term!

By: Charmaine Wu 2999 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

Co-op Alumni

A globetrotting communicator, Almira Bardai is a PR and communications professional with over 17 years of experience in the field working all over the globe from Vancouver to Australia. Read on to learn more about her journey!

By: Pauline Leoncio 8796 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

First Nations Health Authority

In this blog, I take you through my personal life story from immigrating to Canada, working and living in a rural First Nations community, to finding a sense of belonging and a second identity, which has forever changed the way I will view the world.

By: Richard Han 12927 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

share your story

Taylor joined SFU’s Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator, Trina Setah, as a Work-Study student to help promote co-op to SFU’s Indigenous community. Read about Taylor’s personal experience with co-op, and why she thinks you should join too.

By: Taylor McKinney 5834 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Occupational Health and Safety Unit

With co-op, are we better off sticking to our field of study, or should we take a chance at something entirely different? In this article, Rachel reflects on her work term with the RCMP, what she learned about the industry as well as herself in a field that she would have never considered if it wasn’t for co-op.

By: Rachel Wong 6180 reads | 0 comments
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How References Can Make or Break Your Job Offer

Work Search

Most people don’t maintain solid relationships with their references. Don’t be one of those job seekers scrambling to put together a list of references before an interview. Follow these basic practices to maintain connections and maximize your chances of landing the job. 

By: Melissa Chungfat 1784 reads | 0 comments
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Afraid to Network Alone at an Event? Here's How I Did It

Professional Development

Have you ever gone to a networking event alone? Learn how to make quality connections with these tips on attending networking events on your own and some conversation openers you can use to initiate those connections!  

By: Melissa Chungfat 1369 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

Co-operative Education

As Mack's internship comes to an end, he reflects on his journey into journalism through CBC's Peter Gzowski Internship program. 

By: Mack Stannard 6414 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Small Business

Chelsea did her co-op at a relatively small lighting agency, Inter-Lite Sales, in greater Vancouver; but she learned about much more than lighting. Read why Chelsea believes every student should work for at least one small business to round out their co-op experience.

By: Chelsea Schmidt 11793 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Story: Working at Beedie’s Career Management Centre

Business

Starting my co-op working at the Career Management Centre in the Beedie School of Business, I was worried my lack of design skills would be a big challenge to my success. See how I was proven wrong.  

By: Jessica Tsai 6430 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Applied Sciences

Being a successful developer doesn’t come easy. In this blog post, I offer five tips that I have learned through my co-op experience as a Web and Mobile Developer to help you get there with fewer bumps in the road.

By: Tsung Kai (Eric) Lee 5711 reads | 0 comments
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