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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Life Experience

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 261 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

International Co-op

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 236 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

Working Students

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 199 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Science

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 203 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Health Sciences

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 226 reads | 0 comments
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From Lecture Hall to Elementary Classroom: An Unforgettable Experience

Co-op

After an amazing experience with Mediated Learning Academy, I realized that sometimes it takes being in back in an elementary school classroom to remind ourselves of where we learned the most important rules and values about life. 

By: Emily Li 356 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Workplace Success

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 454 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

During the Work Term

When you’re starting off in a new workplace, it can be daunting talking to people who carry the title of CEO, director, and everything in between. While you may feel like a small potato compared to the big spud, it’s important to remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Lindsay shares her story on why your future self will thank you for building your connections early on through Co-op.

By: Lindsay Wu 400 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

International

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 956 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

Peer Education

The term leadership has become a buzzword when describing one’s abilities and skillsets, but leadership is an imperative skill that can give you a competitive edge. Matthew offers three ways to convey this skill to employers when looking for work. 

By: Matthew Furtado 328 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

BC Housing

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 1195 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Science

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 405 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 367 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Communication, Art and Technology

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 539 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

International Co-op

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 1003 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Co-op

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 398 reads | 0 comments
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Fusion Festival

Business

Imagine visiting Japan, India, Ireland and many other iconic countries all from the comfort of a local neighborhood park. Fusion Festival, allows thousands of locals and out of province guests to experience different cultures, art, musical extravaganzas right in the heart of Surrey. 

By: Hajira Khan 738 reads | 0 comments
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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

ENGAGE

Do you know absolutely nothing about social media? Want to ensure that you are on the right track to proper social media management? If you answered yes to either or both questions above, have no worries! Keep on reading to learn how to use social media to your advantage. 

By: Sarah Saghah 700 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Co-operative Education

As a co-op student, one of the toughest decisions you will have to make is whether to extend your contract at your current position or to go back to school. This is the dilemma I faced at the end of my 3rd co-op term with Sierra Wireless. In this blog, I provide a detailed guide to help you decide whether to extend, or not to extend.   

By: Aryan Maghsoud 441 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Co-op Reflections

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 516 reads | 0 comments
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