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My Co-op Experience as an International Student

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As an international student Ha Na had the reality of high tuition, no work experience and challenges in finding employment.  She decided co-op was the solution to learn professional work search skills and gain related employment while attending university.  She shares her challenges and successes along the way.

 

By: Ha Na Ryu 8277 reads | 0 comments
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Recruitment & Career Development: What Employers Want

Your Next Co-op

Having been involved in recruitment and on-boarding processes, discussions with managers and engineering recruitment teams, I share my experiences in recruitment and career development to give you insight into what employers are looking for. 

By: Paul Vu 15445 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

Co-operative Education

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I share my experiences and lessons learned from when I lived and worked in the heart of Bavaria, Germany at the adidas Group global headquarters.

By: Gary Li 6647 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

Travel

After finishing two co-op semesters in Canada, Health Sciences student Samantha Lui wanted to take things farther and ventured off to Japan for eight months as a Research Assistant with the Kao Corporation. Find out how she successfully transitioned into a new environment whilst exploring every part of this exciting country.     

By: Samantha Lui 5294 reads | 0 comments
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Decision Support at Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health

Ever thought about working in Management Information Systems? Third year business student Vivyn Zhou shares her journey working for System Improvement in the Decision Support department at Vancouver Coastal Health. 

By: Vivyn Zhou 8311 reads | 0 comments
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Reasons to Apply to Companies You Have Never Heard Of

Career Exploration

The job application process can be overwhelming, especially you are sifting through an extensive list of companies that you may have never heard of. Amy explains why you should take a chance with a smaller organization and the rewarding experiences that may come with it.

By: Amy Han 4491 reads | 0 comments
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Back Pain Myth Busters and Spine Hygiene

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Do you do sit-ups and crunches to to either get or maintain that six-pack? This article sheds light on why learned habits such as this are detrimental for your back health. In addition, I discuss “Spine Hygiene”, which refers to the daily maintenance of the spine as necessary to prevent back issues.  

By: Karen Gitau 14252 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Big Secret: A Look into My Summer Working for the University

SFU

Find out more about my co-op job as a Research Assistant for SFU and discover how I learned to navigate the data, politics and presentations to appreciate a side of the university students don’t normally get to experience. 

By: Lauren Rietchel 18328 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Part of My DNA: An Interview with Amber Funk Barton

Co-op

An interview with the artistic director of a contemporary dance company. Brittany speaks to Amber about her upcoming solo work, past work and background in dance, thoughts on opportunities for emerging dancers, and more!  

By: Brittany Angus 9341 reads | 0 comments
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The Unconventional Job Hunt: Creating Your Own Co-op Opportunities

Co-operative Education

In five years at SFU, engineering physics undergrad Scott Beaupré landed three co-op job positions and four research projects without ever dropping off a résumé. Find out how! 

By: Taylor McKinney 14549 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on My Internship & Interviewing a Professional Dancer

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Interning with a contemporary dance company was one of the best choices I made in my degree. After participating in a performance/installation, I met with one of the professional dancers in the production to talk career, personal strategies, and the ins and outs of the dance community in Vancouver.

By: Rachel Silver 4499 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Top Tip Lists

Planning upfront saves you from last minute hustles. This article will prepare you for co-op in a city outside Vancouver where new opportunities and variable threats are waiting.

By: Akbar Samani 7521 reads | 0 comments
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Fishing for Experience

Co-op Reflections

Spend your summer in one of the most vibrant and popular tourist destinations in BC! Make a difference in the operation and performance of a small company, and grow your entrepreneurial skillset in a meaningful way by working for WardoWest in Tofino. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 4384 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Career Exploration

Moving to Ottawa enabled me to grow in new ways, make lasting memories and provide insight into my career and life goals. This article provides steps to make your experience in Ottawa meaningful and will (hopefully) inspire you to make the move. 

By: Melissa Talbot 5973 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

Professional Development

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 4105 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Teach and Not Just Treat Patients

Laser Therapy

As a Laser Therapist/Clinic Office Assistant, Kim discovered that learning occurs every day and everywhere. Not only did she apply knowledge from school, but researched and learned about the different patient conditions she treated, teaching patients about their conditions and care. 

By: Kim Bautista 3891 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Software Systems [SRY]

What do Dungeons & Dragons and whitewater rafting have to do with software development? Aidan did an 8-month co-op work term at Safe Software where he participated in many such team building activities. Here, he discusses Safe's amazing work culture and shares thoughts from his experience. 

By: Aidan Wessel 13109 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

International

Nowhere are the dire effects of climate change more apparent than in the Arctic. Join Sarah as she recounts her 3-week expedition at the top of the world and the 3 invaluable life lessons learned along the way. 

By: Sarah Gutzmann 5718 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Co-op Reflections

In this blog, I take you through my personal life story from immigrating to Canada, working and living in a rural First Nations community, to finding a sense of belonging and a second identity, which has forever changed the way I will view the world.

By: Richard Han 25996 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

With co-op, are we better off sticking to our field of study, or should we take a chance at something entirely different? In this article, Rachel reflects on her work term with the RCMP, what she learned about the industry as well as herself in a field that she would have never considered if it wasn’t for co-op.

By: Rachel Wong 11564 reads | 0 comments