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Insights Into Working with a Global Tech Firm

Business

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 2218 reads | 0 comments
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Saving the Environment - One Co-op at a Time!

Co-operative Education

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 2028 reads | 0 comments
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Part 2: The Lowdown on Microplastics

Resource and Environmental Management

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 3385 reads | 0 comments
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“So, What are You Going to do with Your Arts Degree?”

Career Exploration

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 4052 reads | 0 comments
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Enhanced Sonograms & Patient Empowerment

CHANGEpain Clinic

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 4495 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op Makes a Difference: Instead of Chasing, I’m Being Chased

Co-operative Education

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 3391 reads | 0 comments
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We Belong to a Caring Institution

Co-operative Education

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 4307 reads | 0 comments
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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

Co-op Reflections

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 4110 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

OLC Blog

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 3480 reads | 0 comments
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Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Goldcorp

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 4377 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

Workplace Success

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 3937 reads | 0 comments
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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 2818 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Co-operative Education

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 4860 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

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 2870 reads | 0 comments
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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Co-operative Education

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 4725 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Co-operative Education

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 3676 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Engineering

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 4735 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Alley Theatre

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 2860 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Professional Development

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 4039 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

INAC

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

By: Yee Ting Choy 4099 reads | 0 comments