Workplace Success

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Top Ten Tips for Co-op Work Term Success

Co-op

John Grant, an SFU Communication Co-op Alum has five work term experiences in his portfolio and shares his top ten tips for completing a successful and fulfilling Co-op work term.

By: John Grant 8582 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Organized With Bullet Journaling

Working Students

Many of us like nice stationary because they give us a sense of productivity. This was true for Melissa as she went into her co-op work term. However, she soon experienced firsthand that the illusion of productivity and actual productivity are, unfortunately, two very different things. Through this experience, she has learnt how to efficiently balance out her work flow and gives her tips for keeping organized and planing ahead for the week.

By: Melissa Nelson 94 reads | 0 comments
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Employers are Out There, and They are Looking for YOU

Networking

We are all used to hearing of the impossibility of finding a career after university, and that our degree alone is not a golden ticket to landing that dream job after graduation. In order to obtain our dream jobs, we need to suppliment our education with work experience. While it can seem like a daunting task to find work experience, it may be easier than you think. Jessica shares her story of how she came to realize the amazing career opprotunities around her. It is just about knowing where to look for them!

By: Jessica Wall 372 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Alpha Technologies Ltd.

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 300 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Professional Development

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as just proposing a new idea or a new design. It takes careful consideration in how it’ll be approached by both developers, its users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance to designing in phases when shipping a product and the considerations she took while working as a UX designer at Hootsuite. 

By: Amanda Poh 455 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

Co-operative Education

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 452 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Leadership

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 807 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

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 773 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

Communication

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 1636 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Workplace Success

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 916 reads | 0 comments
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