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Read Beyond the Job Description

Communique

"When you work at a start-up, literally anything can happen." Anmol takes us into a world where content is born out of chaos, and the landscape is dynamic, creative and challenging.  Becoming an integral part of a new company and seeing your creations make an impact can be one of the most rewarding experiences.  

By: Anmol Boparai 117 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips to Make Your Long Commute to Work a Little Easier

Communique

Mysteries, money management and meditation: how do you spend your commute? Sarah recommends ways to make that daily bus ride feel a little shorter and add extra pep to your work morning. 

By: Sarah Lachance 509 reads | 0 comments
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Struggles of an Extrovert: Tips for Embracing your Work Environment Preferences

Co-op

"Can an office be "too quiet"? Is that even a thing?" Certified extrovert Sonya shares advice for adjusting to a new workplace and explains how to conduct a thorough 'me-search'.  

By: Sonya Hartwig 674 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering my career path in Investment Management

Investment Management

My university experience has been a roller coaster to say the least. From moving to a brand-new city without knowing anyone to embarking on multiple co-ops in finance related roles, I discovered who I wanted to become and the path I needed to take to get there.

By: Chris Moric 87 reads | 0 comments
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When You Don't Get 'The ONE'

Communique

So maybe you did not land your dream co-op job.  Don't despair - Rutendo explains how an unexpected position might just be a huge blessing in disguise.  

By: Rutendo Munatsirei 527 reads | 0 comments
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A Series of Fortunate Events

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Mechatronic Systems Engineering student Guninder Malhi, shares how experience gained  through an SFU research position allowed him to build the skills necessary to kick start a career. 

By: Guninder Malhi 342 reads | 0 comments
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Preparing for End of Life Care: An Interview with Shannon Ediger

Co-op

How do you want to live at the end of your life? Seerit Hara shares her interview with her co-op supervisor at Langley Memorial Hospital about the importance of advance care planning. 

By: Seerit Hara 238 reads | 0 comments
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Paving the Way for Community Engagement

Arts and Social Sciences

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 284 reads | 0 comments
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When it Comes to Your Career, Try Everything

Communique

Do you look into the future and see a thousand different paths after graduation? Juliette reflects on her time at Careers in Communications and reveals the benefits of figuring out what you hate before deciding what you love.  

By: Juliette Halliday 783 reads | 0 comments
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A Journey of Courage and Gratitude

Health Sciences

Tony Cheng's experience with CanCap Pharmaceutical served as a reminder that personal growth is often about taking initiative, having gratitude, and getting out of your comfort zone. 

By: Tony Cheng 507 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

Co-operative Education

Creativity doesn't stop in the world of a technical writer.  Emily reveals how writing "is often much more than imagery and metaphors" and that stepping out of your comfort zone might just reveal a whole new path.  

By: Emily Watt 1091 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

City of Surrey

Mimi's co-op as a UX Designer at the City of Surrey provided opportunities to improve user experience by creating digital solutions for city services through user-centered design. Read her story, here. 

By: Mimi Tsai 620 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-operative Education

"Have you ever asked yourself these questions – Why should I volunteer? Is stepping out of my comfort zone really going to benefit me?  If you have, then you are on the right page!"

By: Cody Chau 640 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Co-operative Education

When Taylor Nguyen imagined working at a large bank, she pictured cubicles, formal attire, and stacks of documents. What she found instead were opportunities to learn and create in a fun and collaboratve environment. 

By: Taylor Nguyen 489 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Workplace Success

Fahad Faruque discusses highlights from his co-op semester in quality assurance at PepsiCo. 

By: Fahad Faruque 622 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Workplace Success

Beedie Business student, Christopher Pun shares what he's learned about the art of giving and receiving feedback in the workplace. 

By: Christopher Pun 684 reads | 0 comments
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How I Made the Most of my International Co-op Position in the Most Expensive City in the World

Co-op

An unexpected offer to extend a stay in San Fransisco for co-op turned into the experience of a lifetime for health sciences student, Yasmin Khalili. Read about her incredible summer in sunny California. 

By: Yasmin Khalili 1134 reads | 0 comments
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From Doubtful to Confident: How I Adapted to Working Life

Psychology

Initially unsure if she would be an effective counsellor, Alyssa shares how becoming a Student Academic Advisor at SFU helped her discover hidden strengths. 

By: Alyssa Chan 520 reads | 0 comments
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Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need

Co-operative Education

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Isabelle and Elisabeth decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Kandice Pardy 564 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

Co-op Reflections

Being the youngest in the office can be difficult.  Ashley combats those pesky thoughts of self-doubt that we all know too well with words of affirmation.  

By: Ashley Schultheiss 709 reads | 0 comments