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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

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"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 1602 reads | 0 comments
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Banking is not Boring!

Business

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 1632 reads | 0 comments
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Small Fish in Big Pond: Working for PepsiCo

Workplace Success

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

By: Fahad Faruque 1726 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Feedback

Co-operative Education

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

By: Christopher Pun 1823 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 2263 reads | 0 comments
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From Doubtful to Confident: How I Adapted to Working Life

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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 1570 reads | 0 comments
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Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need

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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 1495 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

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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 1973 reads | 0 comments
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How I Landed a Co-op at Tesla

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 2768 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 1478 reads | 0 comments
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Video: Co-op in a Nutshell

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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 1789 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 1825 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 1296 reads | 0 comments
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A Startup Journey: Addressing Water Scarcity through Tech

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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 1740 reads | 0 comments
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Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Workplace

Communique

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 1496 reads | 0 comments
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Things Happen For a Reason: Three Ways to Turn Every Experience Into a Great Opportunity

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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 1466 reads | 0 comments
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Building Relationships: 5 Tips for Networking within the Federal Government

Co-operative Education

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 3136 reads | 0 comments
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Leave University with Years of Relevant Experience: Do 3+ Co-op Work Terms

Co-operative Education

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 1552 reads | 0 comments
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Five Resources to Access when Seeking Your Co-op Job

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Searching for and adapting to your first co-op work term can be tough and quite unexpected. Jordan reveals five tested practices for boosting your resume and building confidence. 

By: Jordan Sukkau 1434 reads | 0 comments
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As a Senior Co-op Student, What Do I Get for My $800 Tuition?

Professional Development

Thinking about joining the co-op program but hesitant at the idea of having to pay tuition?!? Tanya Behrisch explains the costs and benefits of co-op and the advantages of investing in career development while you are a student. 

By: Tanya Behrisch 2248 reads | 0 comments