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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Co-operative Education

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 3788 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Co-op Reflections

Are you a student who, like me, has struggled deciding what career path best suits you? Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in Toronto? Are you considering a career in public service? If you answered yes to any of these, read my post! 

By: Kory Szostak 11889 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

Cooledge Lighting Inc.

Practical experience isn't always gained in the classroom. Sure there are labs and projects, but nothing tops a real workplace environment. If you’re second guessing participating in co-op because of delaying your graduation, this post is for you! 

By: Christopher Chew 9279 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

As a fourth year Biomedical Physiology student, I wished to pursue a career in family practice medicine. In this article, I share how my co-op at CHANGEpain Clinic confirmed my career path, but also went well beyond that. 

By: Amy (Amandeep) Gill 9559 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

comfort zone

Being shy and not much of a risk-taker, I was shocked at having been asked to interview people. Read on to find out how my co-op with Beedie School of Business helped me step outside my comfort zone and gain a newfound confidence. 

By: Christopher Penner 10050 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Co-op Reflections

International Co-op positions provide the opportunity to discover the world while developing professional skills and contacts. But there’s a conundrum: all work and no play or no work and all play?

By: Mallory Wyant 10137 reads | 0 comments
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Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver

Technology & Innovation

Tong completed a year-long co-op work term at SAP's Vancouver office. Click to find out what it's like working for a world leading enterprise software development company. 

By: Tong Wang 11592 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Arts and Social Sciences

Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let me help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

By: Jaclyn Marshall 10016 reads | 0 comments
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A Humbling First Experience

Arts and Social Sciences

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

By: Andrew Ku 2874 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Business

Business Co-op Coordinator Caroline Wakelin shares 5 tips and can-do's for career progression and tells her own story about how reluctantly saying "yes" to a first job that wasn't her "dream job" actually ended up getting her to where she wanted. 

By: Caroline Wakelin 9711 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Western Society for Children

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 8444 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Quality and Patient Safety Implementation Assistant

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 7655 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Working Students

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 7665 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Life Experience

Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 11377 reads | 0 comments
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I Did a Work Term Extension and So Should You!

Co-op China

Accepting a job with SFU International Co-op, Christy only expected to complete a four-month work term. This all changed when she was offered a work term extension. If you’re considering whether or not you should accept a work term extension, Christy has three big reasons why you should. 

By: Christy Liu 11240 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips to Achieve a Diverse Co-op Experience

Co-operative Education

Want to work in different sectors during your co-op work terms and gain diverse experiences? Learn how you can diversify your co-op experience and leverage your skills by reading these five tips! 

 
By: Nakita Cheung 5531 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience at SAP

SAP

My co-op terms have given me the ability to explore potential career choices and build invaluable work experience as well as helped me to craft my own career path. Read on to discover my co-op journey and why I highly recommend pursuing co-op with SAP. 

By: Subir Ranjan 14094 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Intercultural Awareness

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 11464 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Alumni

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 14398 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Culture

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 3979 reads | 0 comments