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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Co-operative Education

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 2142 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Derek Woo traveled to Hong Kong for co-op with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. To keep in touch, he sent postcards home, sharing each leg of his journey as he traversed one of the world's most bustling cities. 

 

By: OLC Admin 4461 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

UX Design

Are you an aspiring UX Researcher? Fourth-year SIAT student and UX Researcher at Samsung, Alireza Mogharrab, shares key tips for creating effective usability studies. 

By: Alireza Mogharrab 2377 reads | 0 comments
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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Co-op

For her second co-op, Environmental Science student Tegan Gallilee-Lang ventured out to the Greater Vancouver Zoo to assist the Fraser Valley Wetlands Wildlife Project. Read about her adventures on the job and her new animal friends!

By: Tegan Gallilee-Lang 4160 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Co-op

Surviving in a trading fort in the wild west now known as British Columbia was tough in the 1800s. A time when 9 out of 10 of your meals would have been salmon and potatoes and grocery shopping would mean bringing a musket into the woods. Alexis, shares what she learned about surviving the 1800s. 

By: Alexis Chan 2809 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

It is easy to become stressed in an unfamiliar and fast-pace working environment, no matter which field you are in, but good strategies can help you reduce stress and learn to work more efficiently. Mi Zhou shares her tips from her co-op with OSI Maritime Systems. 

By: Mi Zhou 3400 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Co-op

What one fourth-year student discovered while wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness, searching for the right path in life, theatre, and the pursuit of happiness.

By: Diana Bartosh 2361 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Co-operative Education

I used to be afraid of applying for software related co-ops, let alone working in software development/testing environments. In this article, I am going over my journey about how I overcame that fear and got into a software co-op.

By: Ramandeep Jhalli 3429 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Co-operative Education

My experience working with the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Yellowknife, N.W.T.

By: Yee Ting Choy 3302 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Co-op Reflections

Criminology student, Tylor Mason, enjoyed his co-op with British Columbia's Employment Standards Branch so much that a four-month placement quickly turned into one year. Find out why, here. 

By: Tylor Mason 3993 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Resource and Environmental Management

To anyone out there considering working for a not for profit organization, I want to share the lessons I learned at Watershed Watch with you. 

By: Mariah Mund 2592 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

Working Students

Keep on reading below to learn how I succeeded in my co-op term as an introvert and overcame my impostor syndrome.

By: Sarah Saghah 5032 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

Career Exploration

Written during Liz's time at her international Co-op with the International Paralympic Committee, learn how it was a dream come true as it helped her grow both professionally and personally.

By: Liz Montroy 2365 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Safe Software Inc.

Adam Bignell, shares his experience from an eight month co-op with Safe Software Inc. A co-op term spent developing support for raster and point cloud, but with an added dose of team-building and fooseball to balance out the workload.

By: Adam Bignell 3618 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

India

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 4927 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Professional Development

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as proposing a new idea or a new design. Careful consideration is given to how a project is approached by developers, users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance of designing in phases and the considerations she took working as a UX designer.

By: Amanda Poh 13487 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Communique

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 4696 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Arts and Social Sciences

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 3567 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Accounting

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 5161 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Co-operative Education

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 4517 reads | 0 comments