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Surviving the Shift to Remote Work

Communication

Have you stopped commuting to work? No more walks to your favourite local coffee shop? Stuck at home working on your tiny laptop? Maria and her team are figuring out new ways for effective communication your teammates while staying sane. She realized that she's not the only student struggling while undergoing the shift. To learn more about the resources that helped Maria turned her hectic reality a bit more manageable and enjoyable, read on.

By: Maria Tarasyuk 1738 reads | 0 comments
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Working Remotely in a New Job in a New City During COVID-19

Workplace Success

Two short months into April's co-op position in Toronto, the pandemic hit. Would she choose to make the same decision of moving out of town for her co-op term given a second chance? Read more to find how she transitioned to remote working, and what lessons she gained through her experience working from home, away from home. 

By: April Zhang 695 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience During an Ongoing Pandemic

Co-op

This was my second co-op semester and it started off similar to my first, but little did I know that this work term would be completely different. Having already had experience in an office environment, things went smoothly as I picked up my work tasks in stride. The first couple of months on the job flew by compared to what was to come. 

By: Ethan Malcom 842 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Connected in an Isolated World

Pandemic

One would think self-isolation was an introvert’s dream; however, it has only emphasized the need for social connection in a time where it's crucial to be practicing physical distancing and self-isolating. Read Elvina’s top five ways to stay connected with others. 

By: Elvina Prasad 3096 reads | 0 comments
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Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine

Health Sciences

After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all.  I can not control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this...

By: Eileen Feliciano 110125 reads | 0 comments
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Zzz’s Get Degrees

SFU Health & Counselling

When we think of health, nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being come to mind. Sleep, on the other hand, is often neglected, resulting in serious repercussions on health and academics. To combat this, check out these tips on how to optimize your shut eye.

By: Eleanor Wong 809 reads | 0 comments
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Your Health Matters In The Workplace

Co-op

Mental health is integral to your growth in the workplace; which Elvina expands upon in her unique and enlightening experience as a Marketing & Outreach Assistant with SFU Health & Counselling Service. Read on to find out how it is important to look after your well-being while being motivated and productive in your workplace.

By: Elvina Prasad 1143 reads | 0 comments
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How to “Buckle up your Elbows” and Thrive at your Co-op: Tips from an Israeli in her First Co-op

Communique

"There's a phrase in Israel, "buckle up your elbows" which means that it's time to hustle. This is exactly what brought me to the place where I'm writing to you right now." -- read Kim's story and learn how you can achieve anything with enough courage and motivation.

By: Kim Bassan 1377 reads | 0 comments
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Take Initiative & Leave Your Mark: Insight Into Working In A Multidisciplinary Medical Clinic.

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Make an impact by breaking ground with new ideas and spearheading new proposals. Taking Initiative can have a long-lasting impact on one’s career. Read about how I jumped out of my comfort zone and directed the start of the Active Rehabilitation program in a multidisciplinary medical clinic.

By: Daniel Salazar Giraldo 1030 reads | 0 comments
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Imposter Syndrome and the Benefits of a 16-month Internship at IBM

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

"So how do you overcome that voice inside your head, telling you that you’re not good enough and that it’s only a matter of time before someone finds out you’re a fake?". Read Josh's story to learn how he overcame the imposter syndrome during his internship as a designer for IBM. 

By: Joshua Fan 557 reads | 0 comments
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What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

UX Design

Earning a co-op internship, especially internationally, can be tough but once you earn the opportunity it can be a wonderful learning experience. Nikita was accepted for a UX design internship in Amsterdam and faced some unforeseeable challenges. Read on to find out some of the key lessons that Nikita took away from her experience.

By: Nikita Tauro 538 reads | 0 comments
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How To Work With Developers (For Designers)

Professional Development

Worried about succeeding in the workplace as a designer and developer? Especially an intense and speedy one? Read on to discover Macguire tips has picked up while working at Visier, an analytics platform.  

By: Macguire Rintoul 514 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Tech-E Program – Refayet Siam’s Most Gratifying Experience

Career Exploration

The Tech-E program is a unique program at SFU where students conceive their own solution driven product with the guidance of industry experts. Strategy Lead of Novion, President of the Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student Society, and the Co-President of Technovus, Refayet Siam, shares his experience and thoughts on the Tech-E program through a Q&A! 

By: Brindan Ramalingam 432 reads | 0 comments
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Do, Learn, and Grow: Valuable Lessons from Company Values

Co-operative Education

"Learn. As students, we hear this word a lot in school, but what does that really mean in the working environment?"-Read on as Travia delves into her personal experience of growth in the workplace.

By: Travia Mok 416 reads | 0 comments
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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

Co-op

Are you looking for an International Co-op with a not-for-profit organization? Are you torn between finding a job you like and something that pays well? Are you wondering whether you will be able to gain valuable skills and knowledge from working for a not-for-profit? Continue reading this article for more information about how to look for International co-op opportunities with not-for-profits, funding scares, and takeaways.

By: Gursahib Gill 352 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

Communication Across Culture

Have you landed an International Co-op work-term and begun preparing for your semester abroad? Surely, you have done your research and are aware of the cultural differences and nuances between where you are going, and your home country? If you haven’t, have no fear! This article is meant to help you understand the basic tips and tricks to adjust to the cultural differences in your new workplace, making your transition much easier.

By: Gursahib Gill 361 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

International Co-op

Have you ever considered travelling alone? Does it make your nervous? Well, you are not alone. There are many benefits to travelling alone and what better way to experience another country and culture than through a short-term International Co-op term? Read on to learn some tips & tricks when travelling alone.

By: Gursahib Gill 332 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

Co-operative Education

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

By: Gursahib Gill 366 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey to Understanding the Importance of Intercultural Communication

Co-op

"I realized that as time went on, I was having difficulties connecting and adapting to this new culture I believe this sprouted from the strong language barrier and my inability to communicate with most of my co-workers". Read Aileen's story about how she overcame culture clashing and engage in intercultural communication. 

By: Aileen Saadatmand 374 reads | 0 comments
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Finance Co-op – Tips for Succeeding in the Workplace

Co-operative Education

Working in a professional finance position can be challenging as it involves precise budgeting and planning, dealing with multiple projects simultaneously, and making big decisions. Read to learn Ricky's top tips on how to overcome such obstacles and succeed in the workplace. 

By: Ricky Ly 347 reads | 0 comments
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Take a Chance: The Co-op Edition

communication

In my first semester, I had no idea what type of co-op position I was looking for. This was somewhat stressful, but what helped was keeping an open mind to a range of positions, and taking a chance!

By: Alexander Kler 504 reads | 0 comments
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The Importance Of Coffee Breaks: Friends, Coffee, Fun. All While Working In An Enterprise.

telecommunications

Coffee breaks provide an opportunity to take your eye away from the screen, gather your thoughts, and the chance to network with colleagues. For a project to be successful, it is vital to be able to work well with others while managing your own work load. Terry explains how coffee breaks can help you build relationships and bonds with colleagues!

By: Terry Zhu 335 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Helped Me Engage With the Community

Co-operative Education

Looking to succeed in Co-op while making the most of your experience? Natalia shares the best lessons she has gained her during co-op experience, and explains how to stay on top of your tasks while still enjoying the experience and having fun!

By: Natalia Vinueza Vanegas 328 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash

Communique

 "It's two hours past lunchtime, and you're starting to feel it - you slowly start to doze off."  read 5 tips from Bessie that will help you to avoid the mid-day crush.

By: Bessie Wong 1581 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Over Imposter Syndrome at Your Co-op

Co-op

"A lot of students going through their co-op terms have the same fear – as a student, how should one cope transitioning into an office environment with smart and experienced professionals? The simple answer to this issue is to be confident!" 

By: Daniel Cossio 492 reads | 0 comments
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Why Work At a Start-Up? My Co-op Term at Tradable Bits

Top Tip Lists

After doing her co-op for a start-up, Margaret Leong shares 6 reasons why you should do it too! Read the article and find out why working at a start-up can be so rewarding. 

By: Margaret Leong 516 reads | 0 comments
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Working at a Startup vs. Large Corporation: Which is right for you?

Recon Instruments

My two-year roller coaster ride through Intel: A year after embarking on Intel’s newly acquired startup company, the project was shut down and a few members of the team, including myself, were lucky enough to be transferred to a different Intel group. Here’s my experience working in a startup vs working in a large corporation like Intel.

By: Darryl Fonseka 574 reads | 0 comments
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Taking The Next ‘Big’ Step: Working at The Canada Revenue Agency

Business

Considering whether you want to work at a small company or a large organization? Try out both! Enjoying the support and intimate company culture while working at a small company, I was worried about my work going unnoticed and a lack of communication at a large organization. Find out how wrong I was!

By: Matthew Lee 545 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Health and Counselling Services: More Than Just Your Average School Clinic

Community Engagement

SFU's Health and Counselling Services are offering incredible services and events to help students deal with the stress and anxiety that school life brings. So why aren't more students taking advantage of these services? Mutinta, who worked with HCS, brings awareness to many of the awesome resources HCS provides.

By: Mutinta Bbela 577 reads | 0 comments
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Finding the Right Fit: A Guide to Job Hunting

Co-operative Education

After reaching the end of her first co-op semester, Amanda, a Business co-op student, reflects on her experience and shares tips on how to find a position that is best suited to help you achieve your goals

By: Amanda Dunbar 634 reads | 0 comments
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