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Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

Mitacs

I used to think success depended on the separation of personal and professional passions. That was until I did a self-directed co-op term in Brazil researching some of the most successful soccer clubs. Follow me as I prepare to embark on my journey to Brazil. 

By: Christopher Maringka 3461 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Working Students

In part two of my Brazillian co-op story, I arrive in São Paulo feeling overwhelmed. This all changes as I carry out my research, realizing something very powerful about the connection many Brazilians have to the sport of soccer.  

By: Christopher Maringka 432 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

software development

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 4574 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

job preparation

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 1856 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Work-Study

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 3719 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 4405 reads | 0 comments
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How References Can Make or Break Your Job Offer

Communique

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

Communique

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

Communique

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 4294 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 4967 reads | 0 comments
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