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Reflecting on My Internship & Interviewing a Professional Dancer

Workplace Success

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 4192 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 7090 reads | 0 comments
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Fishing for Experience

Tofino

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 4072 reads | 0 comments
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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Career Exploration

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 5484 reads | 0 comments
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The Introvert’s Struggle: Conveying Your Ideas

Workplace Success

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 3838 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 3571 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 12723 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

environmental issue

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 5376 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Population and Public Health

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 25076 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Co-op Reflections

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 11092 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

Professional Development

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 12338 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Career Exploration

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 14289 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Co-operative Education

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 8037 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Mountainview Health & Wellness

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 4114 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Junior Policy Analyst

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 12529 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 9760 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 9933 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Co-op Reflections

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 10224 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Co-operative Education

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 10431 reads | 0 comments
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Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver

Graduate Co-op

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 12041 reads | 0 comments