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How Co-op at BuildDirect Influenced My Career

Graduate Students

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 12078 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed as a Social Media Coordinator

Personal Development

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 14603 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

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 11845 reads | 0 comments
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Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Co-operative Education

Kim began her co-op work term at BlackBerry despite having never applied for the position. This opportunity sparked her interest in tech, which resulted in an extension and job rotation. In this article, Kim presents 3 reasons why you too should accept a co-op extension and job rotation.

By: Kim Leung 15335 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

Engineering

Ever wondered what makes the difference between a consumer level product and an industrial one? Read on and find out some of the key differences that make industrial level products stand out in reliability. 

By: Harry He 14252 reads | 0 comments
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A Discussion/Disclosure Regarding Professional Development in the Arts

Unpaid Internships

Professional development in contemporary arts, in a post-secondary setting, is problematic. What is the responsibility of the university? What does professional development for artists look like? Kevin answers these questions and more.

By: Kevin Day 12866 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

Professional Development

Once you land a job, the skills you’ve learned in your classes make surprising appearances in the workforce. Discover how Rebecca’s ability to navigate university helped her attain co-op success!

By: Rebecca Chong 12640 reads | 0 comments
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Should You Do a Co-op Term with the Feds? (The Answer is Yes)

Co-op

Emily recounts her co-op term working with the Feds at Service Canada. 

By: Emily Edwards 12059 reads | 0 comments
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Lying Stills: Constructing Truth with Photography

Canada Line Public Art Project

Six students from the School for the Contemporary Arts worked with the Capture Photography Festival on a public art project titled Lying Stills: Constructing Truth with Photography. Read about their contributions to this exciting project!  

By: Kevin Day 11564 reads | 0 comments
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Action Talk #3: Highlights

SFU Woodward's

A recap of the third Action Talk event held at SFU Woodward’s. 

By: Kevin Day 3263 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Attitudes to Debunk Co-op Myths

Science

Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to believe we are not good enough. In this post, I debunk 5 co-op myths of self-defeat allowing you to rise to any challenge.

By: Cherlene E. Chang 12274 reads | 0 comments
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3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree

Career Services

Matthew enters his fourth year with a newfound perspective on graduation. His time working for SFU Career and Volunteer Services has taught him that when it comes to education, there should be no rush. Here, he shares his top 3 reasons why!

By: Matthew Furtado 18818 reads | 0 comments
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So You Want to Be a Public Servant: Getting Hired into the Federal Government

Research

Jobs in the federal government are well-paid, interesting, and a great springboard for your career. They are also very hard to get. These six tips could help you land your dream job!

By: Diana Bartosh 38477 reads | 0 comments
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The Value of Growth: Sowing the Seeds for Future Success

Growth

Growth is about constantly challenging and stretching ourselves, both personally and professionally. Through co-op, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from my peers and mentors, truly experiencing and understanding the value of growth in the process. 

By: Aakriti Arora 12412 reads | 0 comments
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The Marathon of the Service Desk: A First Nations Health Authority Co-op Experience

Workplace Success

Do you enjoy working with computers? Do you find the idea of solving puzzles to be exhilarating? Do you want to help people get introduced to the world of computers? If so, perhaps a Service Desk Analyst will be a perfect fit for you. Follow SIAT student, Michael Sandrin, in his first occupational adventure: working as a Service Desk Analyst for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). 

By: Michael Sandrin 14449 reads | 0 comments
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Spending the Night With Sheldon the Robot

Student Spotlight

What do you get when you add an intense rainstorm, an overnight and out-of-town work event, and a $3000 robot? Calvin Chung shares his experience as an event coordinator for the 2016 #BCTech Summit. 

By: Calvin Chung 4349 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond Comfort: My Co-op in Korea with TaLK

Health Sciences

I applied as an English instructor in South Korea with the intention of just adding another bulletpoint to my resume. However, the experiences I have gained from teaching and living abroad has made my co-op so much more meaningful than what can be written on paper.  

By: Nancy Nguyen 34498 reads | 0 comments
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A Dancer Behind the Scenes

Co-op Reflections

As an emerging dance artist, I was thrilled when I learned that I had secured the role as an intern with a local and large-scale dance company, Ballet BC. However, I was a bit disheartened that, being a production based internship, I would not be dancing with the company at all. So, I readied myself to get comfortable behind the scenes for the first time ever and prepared to look at operations in the arts from a new perspective.

By: Samantha Presley 4306 reads | 0 comments
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How My Personal Projects Landed Me a Research Co-op Helping Others

Co-op Reflections

In my experience with co-op, personal projects and hobbies outside of school gave me the tools to build something in practice. This not only made me much more competitive in the job search, but also allowed me to acquire a co-op position where the work was directed at improving lives of other people. 

By: Sohail Sangha
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Comic: How Co-op Helped Me Seize the Dreams I'd Left Behind

innovative workterm project

Therese believed her interests in art and environmentalism were too daunting to pursue as careers. She locked those dreams away... until co-op unlocked career opportunities that fused her studies with her passions. Check out her comic!

By: Therese Mah 14011 reads | 0 comments