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Paving the Way for Community Engagement

Co-op Reflections

Engaging with our communities provides opportunities to connect, grow, and give back. Jasleen shares how her co-op with the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue lived up to SFU's reputation as Canada's most engaged university. 

By: Jasleen Bains 288 reads | 0 comments
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Phone Confidence

Workplace Success

Is talking on the phone nerve-wracking for you?  You aren't alone.  Katherine offers some tips on how to be a better communicator through the phone.  

By: Katherine Bishop 2613 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

Personal Development

To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 3015 reads | 0 comments
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From Small Pond to Big Pond

Personal Development

Each semester, thousands of students transfer to SFU from colleges and universities across the Lower Mainland. Communication student Alex Caw reflects on his experience learning to navigate bigger classes and a bigger campus, as well as his advice for prospective students thinking of making the leap.  

By: Alex Caw 2289 reads | 0 comments
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Disclosing Disability

empowerment

Living with a mental illness or any invisible disability comes with many challenges. One of the most prominent is whether or not one should disclose their status to others. 

By: Jien Hilario 4620 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Business Co-op

As a co-op student with little experience, it sometimes seems like all you are doing is asking questions. That is why it is important to make sure you are asking good questions. What are good questions? They are evidence of your thought process, ability to think outside of the box, and knack for problem solving. Read this article to learn more about what makes a question good, and how to make questions your competitive advantage.

By: Nathan Boey 4644 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Manage an Obsession with Emails

Communication

The distinct ping of a notification at work often leads to a reflexive action in many of us. Do it, check the email. Sasha Zalyvadna shares her experience on how to combat the need to check work emails more often than one probably should.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 5105 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

Co-operative Education

You have ideas to share, but you can’t bring yourself to interject. Sound familiar? It might be a confidence issue, fear of being wrong, or an unwillingness to seem impolite. Even though conveying your ideas can seem like a daunting task, I learned that it doesn’t have to be. 

By: Chantel Galang 3020 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Technical Writing Has Changed You

Communique

Whether you come off as a grammar snob or constantly obsess over minor details, it is inevitable that a position in technical writing will leave its mark.

By: Mike Lazar 15075 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Co-operative Education

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 10995 reads | 0 comments
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The Cover Letter Blind Date

Career Exploration

We’ve all been there, wanting to impress our cute blind date -- feeling great in the moments when the conversation flows – and not so much in the moments when it stalls out.

By: Angela Kim 23344 reads | 0 comments
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Working on a Tiny Communications Team

Top Tip Lists

This summer, Ashley Gregerson landed her dream co-op position as the Communications Assistant for the City of White Rock. Here, she worked as part of a small communications team consisting of only two staff. Ashley shares what she learned and what you can expect joining a tiny Communications Department.

By: Ashley Gregerson 7283 reads | 0 comments
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Communication: A Key Skill for an Engineer

Customer Satisfaction

Learn how communication is one of the most important skills to develop at work. 

By: (Joel) Hoi Pak Lun 4431 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing: A Day to Day Work Flow

Communication

What is the role of a technical writer? And what do you do working as one? Communication Co-op student Brent Restivo answers these questions, outlines the work flow of a typical technical writing project and takes you step-by-step through an actual on-the-job scenario.

 

By: Brent Restivo 10479 reads | 0 comments
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Starting From Scratch in the World of IT: The #1 Tip to Remember

Communication, Art and Technology

Don’t see your need to ask questions as a sign of weakness or incompetency, but as a way to learn and grow. Your Co-op supervisor understands that most of us go into these internships as beginners.

By: Carmen Chen 10386 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips on Preparing Your Communication Plan

Professional Development

When I had the opportunity to attend the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC/BC’s) Communication Planning 101 Workshop, I jumped at the chance to learn a little more about strategic communication and writing a communication plan.

By: Kassandra Mihaly 11639 reads | 0 comments
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8 Interview Tips For Impressing a Hiring Manager

Communication

Did you know that according to some statistics, up to 33% of managers know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they will hire someone? Learn how to ace your interview from beginning to end with these 8 great tips.

By: Krista Michelle Kandt 38132 reads | 0 comments
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Toastmasters: Speak Up for Your Career!

Personal Development

Do you want to become a better communicator and leader? Do you want to gain confidence in public speaking? You may want to consider SFU’s own Burnaby Mountain Toastmasters Club, an opportunity for the general public to gather together and prepare for interview settings, job and career development, and general group environments. 

By: Sheri Wong 12471 reads | 0 comments
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Improving Your Email Communication Skills: The Importance of Specificity

Professional Development

Email communication is a critical skill in many jobs. Business student Helen Bowman shares tips on how to efficiently and effectively communicate through email, based on what she learned during her co-op at SAP.

By: Helen Bowman 7888 reads | 0 comments
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3 Ways to Kill Writer’s Block and Clarify Your Message

blog writing

Struggling with writer’s block? Clear the hurdle by clarifying your message with these helpful tips.

By: Kerstin Butzelaar 7976 reads | 0 comments