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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

Communication

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 156 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Co-op Reflections

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 88 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Environmental Science

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 145 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

workplace attire

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 200 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

Communique

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 378 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Indigenous

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 1491 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Co-operative Education

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 331 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 506 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 338 reads | 0 comments
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Afraid to Network Alone at an Event? Here's How I Did It

Communication, Art and Technology

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 281 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

reporting

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 452 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Co-op Reflections

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 270 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Story: Working at Beedie’s Career Management Centre

Career Management Centre

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 270 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Thrinacia

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 207 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 561 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Ontario Ministry of Education

Are you a student who, like me, has struggled deciding what career path best suits you? Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in Toronto? Are you considering a career in public service? If you answered yes to any of these, read my post! 

By: Kory Szostak 637 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

communication

Practical experience isn't always gained in the classroom. Sure there are labs and projects, but nothing tops a real workplace environment. If you’re second guessing participating in co-op because of delaying your graduation, this post is for you! 

By: Christopher Chew 379 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

Co-op Reflections

As a fourth year Biomedical Physiology student, I wished to pursue a career in family practice medicine. In this article, I share how my co-op at CHANGEpain Clinic confirmed my career path, but also went well beyond that. 

By: Amy (Amandeep) Gill 299 reads | 0 comments
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A Beginner's Guide to Hootsuite

Communication, Art and Technology

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 382 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Co-operative Education

Being shy and not much of a risk-taker, I was shocked at having been asked to interview people. 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 572 reads | 0 comments
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