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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Workplace Success

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 8692 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Co-operative Education

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 7969 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 7906 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-operative Education

Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 13679 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

International Co-op

Accepting a job with SFU International Co-op, Christy only expected to complete a four-month work term. This all changed when she was offered a work term extension. If you’re considering whether or not you should accept a work term extension, Christy has three big reasons why you should. 

By: Christy Liu 11435 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Career Exploration

Want to work in different sectors during your co-op work terms and gain diverse experiences? Learn how you can diversify your co-op experience and leverage your skills by reading these five tips! 

 
By: Nakita Cheung 5783 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience at SAP

Technology & Innovation

My co-op terms have given me the ability to explore potential career choices and build invaluable work experience as well as helped me to craft my own career path. Read on to discover my co-op journey and why I highly recommend pursuing co-op with SAP. 

By: Subir Ranjan 14553 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Intercultural Awareness

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 11705 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Alumni Spotlight

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 14740 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

International Co-op

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 4205 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

Applied Sciences

I completed my undergraduate degree without doing co-op. This meant that after graduation, I was competing for jobs with others who had work experience, while I had none. Find out how doing co-op as a PhD student allowed me to not only gain work experience, but also gave me confidence in my abilities.  

By: Shruti Menon 3465 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Research

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 11285 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Engineering

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 10053 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Movéo Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic

In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 11249 reads | 0 comments
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Not Your Everyday Shoe Store

Co-operative Education

Applying for the position of Pedorthic Assistant at Kintec, I was a bit hesitant since my previous work experience involved asking people if they want fries with that. I soon found that working at Kintec was one of the most relevant jobs to my degree as it's a lot more than just selling shoes. 

By: Daniel Ciarniello 10601 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

beedie school of business

I have had previous experience working with web-based technologies, but mostly in the academic context. Working as a co-op student at the SFU Beedie School of Business, I had the opportunity to work in development, but to also work with business analysts and clients directly, to understand their requirements and implement them. In this post, I explain how this co-op exceeded my expectations.  

By: Amit Mandal 4734 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

Co-operative Education

When a person enters a physiotherapy clinic for the first time, they can experience a wide range of emotions such as fear, despair and doubt. It is our job as healthcare practitioners to transition our clientele from fearing movement to love of movement. This post discusses how being honest and empathetic will help you achieve amazing things with your clientele.

By: Brandon Watson 10769 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op at BuildDirect Influenced My Career

Co-op

This blog is about my wonderful co-op experience at BuildDirect and how it influenced my career in Canada. I discuss the work culture at BuildDirect, the type of work I have done and the technologies used. If you are planning to do a co-op with BuildDirect, this is definitely going to help you.

By: Joydeep Bhadra 11881 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed as a Social Media Coordinator

Co-op

Imagine you get paid to create multiple *twooshes* a day, curate funny gifs, browse Instagram, post awesome pictures and share on Facebook. Yes, being a Social Media Coordinator is very fun, but one must not neglect these four important points to be one.

By: Jessica Christina Hardi 14319 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

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Since applying to the Kinesiology program at SFU, I knew one day I wanted to work as an Occupational Therapist. I spent time volunteering in recreation-based work, but when it came time to apply for a co-op, I decided to expand into the realm of teaching life skills.

By: Lois Lee 11599 reads | 0 comments