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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

Canada-Japan Co-op Program

After finishing two co-op semesters in Canada, Health Sciences student Samantha Lui wanted to take things farther and ventured off to Japan for eight months as a Research Assistant with the Kao Corporation. Find out how she successfully transitioned into a new environment whilst exploring every part of this exciting country.     

By: Samantha Lui 4446 reads | 0 comments
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Decision Support at Vancouver Coastal Health

Co-op Reflections

Ever thought about working in Management Information Systems? Third year business student Vivyn Zhou shares her journey working for System Improvement in the Decision Support department at Vancouver Coastal Health. 

By: Vivyn Zhou 7131 reads | 0 comments
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Reasons to Apply to Companies You Have Never Heard Of

Co-operative Education

The job application process can be overwhelming, especially you are sifting through an extensive list of companies that you may have never heard of. Amy explains why you should take a chance with a smaller organization and the rewarding experiences that may come with it.

By: Amy Han 3895 reads | 0 comments
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Back Pain Myth Busters and Spine Hygiene

back health

Do you do sit-ups and crunches to to either get or maintain that six-pack? This article sheds light on why learned habits such as this are detrimental for your back health. In addition, I discuss “Spine Hygiene”, which refers to the daily maintenance of the spine as necessary to prevent back issues.  

By: Karen Gitau 12841 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Big Secret: A Look into My Summer Working for the University

Co-op Reflections

Find out more about my co-op job as a Research Assistant for SFU and discover how I learned to navigate the data, politics and presentations to appreciate a side of the university students don’t normally get to experience. 

By: Lauren Rietchel 17383 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Part of My DNA: An Interview with Amber Funk Barton

Co-op

An interview with the artistic director of a contemporary dance company. Brittany speaks to Amber about her upcoming solo work, past work and background in dance, thoughts on opportunities for emerging dancers, and more!  

By: Brittany Angus 8771 reads | 0 comments
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The Unconventional Job Hunt: Creating Your Own Co-op Opportunities

Cree

In five years at SFU, engineering physics undergrad Scott Beaupré landed three co-op job positions and four research projects without ever dropping off a résumé. Find out how! 

By: Taylor McKinney 13407 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on My Internship & Interviewing a Professional Dancer

Vancouver

Interning with a contemporary dance company was one of the best choices I made in my degree. After participating in a performance/installation, I met with one of the professional dancers in the production to talk career, personal strategies, and the ins and outs of the dance community in Vancouver.

By: Rachel Silver 3900 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Engineering

Planning upfront saves you from last minute hustles. This article will prepare you for co-op in a city outside Vancouver where new opportunities and variable threats are waiting.

By: Akbar Samani 6592 reads | 0 comments
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Fishing for Experience

Co-operative Education

Spend your summer in one of the most vibrant and popular tourist destinations in BC! Make a difference in the operation and performance of a small company, and grow your entrepreneurial skillset in a meaningful way by working for WardoWest in Tofino. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 3718 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Co-operative Education

Moving to Ottawa enabled me to grow in new ways, make lasting memories and provide insight into my career and life goals. This article provides steps to make your experience in Ottawa meaningful and will (hopefully) inspire you to make the move. 

By: Melissa Talbot 4935 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

Tips

You have ideas to share, but you can’t bring yourself to interject. Sound familiar? It might be a confidence issue, fear of being wrong, or an unwillingness to seem impolite. Even though conveying your ideas can seem like a daunting task, I learned that it doesn’t have to be. 

By: Chantel Galang 3538 reads | 0 comments
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Learning to Teach and Not Just Treat Patients

Co-operative Education

As a Laser Therapist/Clinic Office Assistant, Kim discovered that learning occurs every day and everywhere. Not only did she apply knowledge from school, but researched and learned about the different patient conditions she treated, teaching patients about their conditions and care. 

By: Kim Bautista 3244 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Co-op Reflections

What do Dungeons & Dragons and whitewater rafting have to do with software development? Aidan did an 8-month co-op work term at Safe Software where he participated in many such team building activities. Here, he discusses Safe's amazing work culture and shares thoughts from his experience. 

By: Aidan Wessel 12339 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Students on Ice

Nowhere are the dire effects of climate change more apparent than in the Arctic. Join Sarah as she recounts her 3-week expedition at the top of the world and the 3 invaluable life lessons learned along the way. 

By: Sarah Gutzmann 5038 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Bella Bella

In this blog, I take you through my personal life story from immigrating to Canada, working and living in a rural First Nations community, to finding a sense of belonging and a second identity, which has forever changed the way I will view the world.

By: Richard Han 23995 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Co-operative Education

With co-op, are we better off sticking to our field of study, or should we take a chance at something entirely different? In this article, Rachel reflects on her work term with the RCMP, what she learned about the industry as well as herself in a field that she would have never considered if it wasn’t for co-op.

By: Rachel Wong 10574 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

Co-op Reflections

As Mack's internship comes to an end, he reflects on his journey into journalism through CBC's Peter Gzowski Internship program. 

By: Mack Stannard 11892 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Co-op Reflections

Chelsea did her co-op at a relatively small lighting agency, Inter-Lite Sales, in greater Vancouver; but she learned about much more than lighting. Read why Chelsea believes every student should work for at least one small business to round out their co-op experience.

By: Chelsea Schmidt 14084 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Web and Mobile Developer

Being a successful developer doesn’t come easy. In this blog post, I offer five tips that I have learned through my co-op experience as a Web and Mobile Developer to help you get there with fewer bumps in the road.

By: Tsung Kai (Eric) Lee 7755 reads | 0 comments