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Working in an English-Speaking Environment

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In today's global labour market, the ability to converse in a second language is an increasingly useful skill. Here, Jessica Tse shares some tips she learned as an international student from Hong Kong working in an English speaking environment. 

By: Jessica Tse 5665 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Purpose, Not for Profit

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Applying for his first co-op placement, Business student, Jeffery Choi wanted a job that would be exciting and challenging, but more than anything, fulfilling. Looking for work with purpose, Jeff spent his first co-op as a Campaign Associate for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  

By: Jeffery Choi 2608 reads | 0 comments
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Thinking Outside the Box: How Volunteering Translates to Work Skills

Co-operative Education

Criminology student, Rachel Tong shares how her volunteer experience helped her develop the marketing and community engagement skills neccesary for a co-op position with Parent Support Services of BC

By: Rachel Tong 3765 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

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To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 4724 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Co-operative Education

Veteran co-op student, Mouataz Kaddoura, shares valuable lessons learned from co-op terms with Avigilon, MENRVA, Biomedical Research Lab, and Shield-X Technology. 

By: Mouataz Kaddoura 2812 reads | 0 comments
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How to Rock the 9 to 5 Lifestyle

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Transitioning from student life to a 9-5 working lifestyle can take a bit time. Luckily, Jamie has a couple tips to help you quickly adjust and help you make the most of it!

By: Jamie Hill 4066 reads | 0 comments
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Five Things the Average Science Co-op Applicant Doesn’t Know

Work Search

"It’s normal to not hear back from interviewers." Wait, what?! Science student, Richard Hsia has some sage advice to ease your mind and sharpen your competitive edge in your co-op job search. 

By: Richard Hsia 1770 reads | 0 comments
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A Summer with Parks Canada

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To be a member of Parks Canada's Toronto Urban Outreach you must first become an expert in the regions incredible national heritage sites. Environmental Science student, Francesca Marquez shares how exploring Canada's heritage sites prepared her to share her knowledge with the public during Canada's 150th anniversary. 

By: Francesca Marquez 2134 reads | 0 comments
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Insights Into Working with a Global Tech Firm

Workplace Success

The tech sector is one of the world's fastest growing industries, making it the perfect place to launch a career. But where does that leave students with non-technical backgrounds? Following a coveted internship with SAP, Beedie student, Kevin Ng, shares his experience of working with a global tech firm. 

By: Kevin Ng 1859 reads | 0 comments
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Saving the Environment - One Co-op at a Time!

Career Exploration

Soroush Jafaryvahed set out to learn something new every day on his co-op with Ballard Power. The experience taught him that just because you are only with a company a short time, as as student, doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lasting impact. 

 

By: Soroush M. Jafaryvahed 1710 reads | 0 comments
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Part 2: The Lowdown on Microplastics

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Graduate student, Stephen Chastain spent two co-op terms conducting research into microscopic pollution in our oceans. Here, he shares what he learned about this pressing issue  and its global implications. 

By: Stephen Chastain 2934 reads | 0 comments
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“So, What are You Going to do with Your Arts Degree?”

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Whether you’re in your first or sixth year, explaining what you intend to do with your degree can be as frustrating as it is… well, frustrating. In this article, Abby Zaporteza sheds light on skills and opportunities, intrinsic to liberal arts. 

By: Abby Zaporteza 3580 reads | 0 comments
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Enhanced Sonograms & Patient Empowerment

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Yasmin Khalili had her career mapped out way before she came to SFU, but the experience of coming to university and enrolling in the co-op program demonstrated that there are hundreds of paths and opporunities one can follow.

By: Yasmin Khalili 4011 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op Makes a Difference: Instead of Chasing, I’m Being Chased

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Have you ever wondered if extending gradutation to take part in co-op is really worth it? Find out by checking out Mark's final co-op reflection as he looks back on four co-op terms. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 3115 reads | 0 comments
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We Belong to a Caring Institution

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Have you ever wondered how university contributes to your mental health? In this article, Makshada shares what she learned about SFU's actions to promote mental health and student well-being during her co-op term with SFU Health Promotion 

By: Makshada Kowlessur 3690 reads | 0 comments
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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

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Don’t limit yourself and be active in asking to take on projects beyond the job description. Some insights from Christy’s co-op at TELUS.

By: Christy Liu 3507 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

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It’s natural to feel overwhelmed in a new workplace. School of Interactive Art and Technology student, Jimmy Phung shares his tips for rocking at work, without hitting rock bottom.

By: Jimmy Phung 3124 reads | 0 comments
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Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

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An incredible co-op term with Goldcorp taught Joselyn Hernandez to be open minded when  searching for co-op opportunities. You never know which organization, industry or position you might end up liking until you try. 

By: Joselyn Hernandez 3932 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

Interactive Arts & Technology student, Fahad Hasany shares how co-op taught him to be confident learning the tools of the trade with the City of Surrey. 

By: Fahad Hasany 3404 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

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Bouncing back from hurdles and setbacks is an important part of career building. Environmental Science student, Ria Yao shares how she developed resilience and patience in the face of rejection.

By: Ria Yao 2415 reads | 0 comments