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Top Ten Tips for Co-op Work Term Success

First Weeks on the Job

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 23407 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Through the First Month of your Co-op

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Getting Through the First Month of Your Co-op: How do you prepare for a new work term? And how do you survive the first month in a new co-op position? Business Major Anca Zgreaban shares five tips for easing smoothly from a study semester into a working term.

By: Anca Zgreaban 387 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

ENGAGE

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 13192 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

During the Work Term

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 5738 reads | 0 comments
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Quick Guide to Staying Fashionable in the Office

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Working in an office doesn't necessarily mean that your fashion choices will be narrowed down to a monocromatic palette and clothes that make you seem significantly older than you actually are. Be creative with patterns, try a new hair style, maybe even bring back a vintage look. Harlene has you covered for all your workplace fashion needs with her quick guide on how to look great while still looking professional in the workplace.

By: Harlene Trias 11133 reads | 0 comments
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The Interview Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Help You Prepare

Co-operative Education

Job interviews can be nerve-racking but with planning and preparation anyone can master the basic steps for interview success. Here are five tips to help you get ready. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 13173 reads | 0 comments
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7 Ways Internships are Like All You Can Eat Buffets

Professional Development

Working in many different Co-op positions can be analogous with sampling everything at an all you can eat buffet. You see some things that really catch your eye, and some things you know you absolutely won’t like. But the fact of the matter is, you probably won’t know exactly what every single dish will taste like until you opt in to trying it. With Co-op, it’s much the same – you probably have an idea of what you want to do, but trying something entirely new might surprise you and pique your interest for future career options.

By: Andrea Ton 5513 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Office: 3 ways to ease the transition from student to staff at SFU

Working Students

So you’ve just landed your Co-op position at SFU. You’re excited, and eager to get going – but somewhere along the way, you might notice that working at your home school and studying there can be an entirely different experience. Sally Arang shares her tips on how to make the transition from a student to an employee of SFU as seamlessly as possible. 

By: Sally Arang 3833 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips on Expanding your Responsibilities and Taking Initiative on Your Work Term

Co-op Reflections

During her second co-op work term, Emily learned many ways to take on a larger workload and add new skills to her resume. Here are five tips to take initiative in the work place in order to better both your own and your employers' experience. Taking on new and different tasks at work can improve your team productivity, increase what you take away from the term, impress your supervisor, and make your days go by more quickly. 

By: Emily Byam 6287 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

Life Experience

A long bus or plane ride is associated with awkward social situations, a lack of food options, the weird tiny bathroom in the back, and of course, trying not to become mind-numbingly bored.  I’ve investigated past personal experiences to build a survival guide to avoid the long-distance travel blues.

By: Daniel Frolick 16883 reads | 0 comments
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