A Beginner's Guide to Hootsuite


Hootsuite is a great tool for managing social media platforms and can be incredibly helpful on the job! Cheryl shares a few tips on using the program for Hootsuite beginners.

By: Cheryl Chang 75 reads | 0 comments

How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

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As someone who is shy and not much of a risk-taker, being asked to interview people came as quite a shock. Read on to find out how my Co-op with Beedie School of Business helped me step outside my comfort zone and gain a newfound confidence. 

By: Christopher Penner 143 reads | 0 comments

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


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 72 reads | 0 comments

Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver


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 74 reads | 0 comments

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 139 reads | 0 comments

A Humbling First Experience


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 120 reads | 0 comments

The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Sports


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 1123 reads | 0 comments

Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected


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 242 reads | 0 comments

Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

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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 248 reads | 0 comments

Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority


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 243 reads | 0 comments

The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

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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 166 reads | 0 comments

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 237 reads | 0 comments

Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry


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 565 reads | 0 comments

I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!


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 252 reads | 0 comments

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 286 reads | 0 comments

5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

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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 529 reads | 0 comments

My Co-op Experience at SAP

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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 395 reads | 0 comments

The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication


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 631 reads | 0 comments

Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins


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 784 reads | 0 comments

Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality


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 566 reads | 0 comments
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