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

Co-op Reflections

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 7814 reads | 0 comments

Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

During the Work Term

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 7616 reads | 0 comments

I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

Co-operative Education

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 9306 reads | 0 comments

My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Graduate Student

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 2303 reads | 0 comments

Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Beta Community Specialist Student

Kim began her co-op work term at BlackBerry despite having never applied for the position. This opportunity sparked her interest in tech, which resulted in an extension and job rotation. In this article, Kim presents 3 reasons why you too should accept a co-op extension and job rotation.

By: Kim Leung 11074 reads | 0 comments

From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success


Once you land a job, the skills you’ve learned in your classes make surprising appearances in the workforce. Discover how Rebecca’s ability to navigate university helped her attain co-op success!

By: Rebecca Chong 10121 reads | 0 comments

How to Spend Summer Break, Efficiently

Personal Development

Most students studying in universities take the summer semester off to work. But apart from work, find out how to set SMART goals and spend your summer term in an efficient and productive way.

By: anajaf 2911 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part II – Reach Out to People Outside SFU

Professional Development

In Part 2 of this series, Jenny shares about maximizing your university investment through different networking channels such as mentorship programs and professional associations. Jenny highlights her own fears of networking, how she overcame them and ultimately, what she learned from these experiences.

By: Jenny Vo 10077 reads | 0 comments

British Columbia and International Students

BC Council for International Education

Coming to a new country thousands of miles from where you grew up and from everything you know is no easy journey. In this award-winning story, SFU Business student Ali Najaf reflects on the past four years since arriving in Canada from Pakistan in 2012, sharing both his challenges and truimphs.  

By: anajaf 3880 reads | 0 comments
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