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Struggles of an Extrovert: Tips for Embracing your Work Environment Preferences

Communique

"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 1572 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering my career path in Investment Management

Co-operative Education

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 977 reads | 0 comments
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When You Don't Get 'The ONE'

Co-op

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 1310 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 1189 reads | 0 comments
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Preparing for End of Life Care: An Interview with Shannon Ediger

Co-op Reflections

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 997 reads | 0 comments
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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 1181 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 1611 reads | 0 comments
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A Journey of Courage and Gratitude

Population and Public Health

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 1354 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing for the Creative Writer

Co-op

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 1696 reads | 0 comments
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Research and Design: Reflection and Learning with the City of Surrey

SIAT

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 1696 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 1341 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Co-op

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 1374 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Business

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

By: Fahad Faruque 1396 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

WorkSafeBC

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

By: Christopher Pun 1495 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

Alliance for Smiles

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 1899 reads | 0 comments
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From Doubtful to Confident: How I Adapted to Working Life

Co-op

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 1262 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 1175 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

Co-op

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 1475 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Applied Sciences

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 2191 reads | 0 comments
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Venturing into the Unknown: A Co-op Story in Eastern Canada

Co-op Reflections

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 1236 reads | 0 comments