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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

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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 821 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

UX Research

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 256 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-op Reflections

"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 417 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Co-op Reflections

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 213 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Career Exploration

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

By: Fahad Faruque 403 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Management Information Systems (MIS)

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

By: Christopher Pun 329 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-operative Education

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 741 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 309 reads | 0 comments
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Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need

Health Sciences

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 343 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 442 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Professional Development

It is not hard to produce a perfect car. The difficulty lies in manufacturing 100,000 cars exactly alike. Read about the challenge of manufacturing modern luxury vehicles at Tesla Inc. 

By: Ryan Fielding 515 reads | 0 comments
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Venturing into the Unknown: A Co-op Story in Eastern Canada

Living on your own

Venturing out into adulthood can be a challenging experience. At the same time, it can be very eye-opening. For Emily, completing a co-op term in Toronto was the perfect opportunity for independence and adventure. 

By: Emily Cheung 525 reads | 0 comments
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Video: Co-op in a Nutshell

Communique

What will you create with co-op? Watch Emily's video for a glimpse into her summer experience working for the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.  

By: Emily Sweeney 459 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing what Life has to Offer, in Ottawa Ontario

Anthropology

Moving away from home and starting a new job is both exciting and scary. This fall, Hannah began her first co-op term in Ottawa. Here she shares the ups and downs and why she would do it again in a heartbeat.

By: Hannah Weinkauf 437 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from a Co-op Outside of your Field

Communication, Art and Technology

When Sara began her co-op search she was set on Silicon Valley but soon realized a little local experience was needed. A semester working for International Services for Students at SFU gave her the skills and experience to more confidently pursue her dreams. 

By: Sara Milosavic 328 reads | 0 comments
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A Startup Journey: Addressing Water Scarcity through Tech

Business

From concept to implementation, launching a start-up can be both exhilarating and demanding. Mechatronic System Engineering students, Hitesh and Devpreet share their start-up journey with Venture Connections and TechE@SFU. 

By: Hitesh Advani & Devpreet Bhullar 690 reads | 0 comments
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Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Workplace

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Mental health issues don't just disappear in the workplace.  Nelson urges us to "end the stigma, talk about mental health, form dialogues and accept that we are not alone."

By: Nelson Hang 401 reads | 0 comments
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Things Happen For a Reason: Three Ways to Turn Every Experience Into a Great Opportunity

Communique

Bored already?  Hitting a plateau at work can be discouraging – but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow Lauren’s experience of turning a roadblock into an opportunity for growth.

By: Lauren Brosseau 789 reads | 0 comments
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Building Relationships: 5 Tips for Networking within the Federal Government

International Studies

Interested in a career with the federal government? Kate McMurchy shares tips on building new connections and making the most of your co-op. 

By: Kate MacMurchy 1400 reads | 0 comments
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Leave University with Years of Relevant Experience: Do 3+ Co-op Work Terms

Co-op

Getting a great job without experience can be tough. Business Co-op Program Manager, Tanya Behrisch explains how to graduate with not just work experience but more than a year of relevant experience, all while completing your degree. 

By: Tanya Behrisch 608 reads | 0 comments