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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

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 60 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

Co-op China

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 95 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Technical Writing Has Changed You

Co-operative Education

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 141 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Top Tip Lists

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 317 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience at SAP

Returning to SFU

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 218 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 455 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Alumni

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 343 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Co-operative Education

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 436 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

Work Term Extension

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 317 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Personal Development

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 278 reads | 0 comments
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My Racing Readers Journey

Leadership

In the short amount of time I volunteered with Racing Readers, I learned a lot about myself. I also realized how much of an influence I could potentially have on others, which pushed me to be even better. This is my journey with the Racing Readers program.  

By: Daljinder Kaler 446 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes

Communique

In this Vlog, SFU Communication Co-op student Jao Dantes explains his typical work day working for Simon Fraser University. 

 

By: Jao Dantes 588 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Life Experience

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 505 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Co-operative Education

In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 380 reads | 0 comments
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Not Your Everyday Shoe Store

Co-operative Education

Applying for the position of Pedorthic Assistant at Kintec, I was a bit hesitant since my previous work experience was essentially asking people if they wanted fries with that. However, working at Kintec has been one of the most relevant jobs to my degree. This job is a lot more than just selling shoes. 

By: Daniel Ciarniello 339 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator: Co-op for Aboriginal Students

students

Trina Setah is Simon Fraser University's first ever Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator. In the second and final part of this two-part series, Trina talks co-op and employment for Aboriginal students at SFU, the benefits and challenges as well as how to get involved in SFU's reputable co-op program. 

By: Trina Setah 631 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator: Meet Trina Setah

Work Integrated Learning

Meet Trina Setah, Simon Fraser University's first ever Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator! In part one of this two-part series, Trina introduces herself, her backgound and discusses her own personal journey into this role at SFU. She also speaks about the role itself and what she enjoys most about working in the co-op program.  

By: Trina Setah 652 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Co-operative Education

I have had previous experience working with web-based technologies, but mostly in the academic context. Working as a co-op student at the SFU Beedie School of Business, I had the opportunity to work in development, but to also work with business analysts and clients directly, to understand their requirements and implement them. In this post, I explain how this co-op exceeded my expectations.  

By: Amit Mandal 287 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

RebalanceMD

Until you experience recovering from a severe physical injury, you will never understand the struggle a patient of physical therapy endures every day. When a person enters a physiotherapy clinic for the first time, they can experience a wide range of emotions such as fear, despair and doubt. It is our job as healthcare practitioners to transition our clientele from fearing movement to love of movement. This post discusses how being honest and empathetic will help you achieve amazing things with your clientele.

By: Brandon Watson 551 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op at BuildDirect Influenced My Career

Co-op Reflections

This blog is about my wonderful co-op experience at BuildDirect and how it influenced my career in Canada. I discuss the work culture at BuildDirect, the type of work I have done and the technologies used. If you are planning to do a co-op with BuildDirect, this is definitely going to help you.

By: Joydeep Bhadra 367 reads | 0 comments
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