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Imposter Syndrome and the Benefits of a 16-month Internship at IBM

Mentorship

"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 535 reads | 0 comments
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What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

Co-op

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 517 reads | 0 comments
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How To Work With Developers (For Designers)

Communication, Art and Technology

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 488 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Tech-E Program – Refayet Siam’s Most Gratifying Experience

Applied Sciences

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 414 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 405 reads | 0 comments
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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

funding assistance

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 342 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

International

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 336 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

Travel

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 318 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

OLC Blog

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 348 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey to Understanding the Importance of Intercultural Communication

Spain

"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 365 reads | 0 comments
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Finance Co-op – Tips for Succeeding in the Workplace

Top Tip Lists

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 330 reads | 0 comments
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Take a Chance: The Co-op Edition

Business

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

Workplace Success

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 323 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Helped Me Engage With the Community

Burnaby

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 318 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash

Co-operative Education

 "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 1557 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Over Imposter Syndrome at Your Co-op

Co-operative Education

"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 476 reads | 0 comments
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Why Work At a Start-Up? My Co-op Term at Tradable Bits

Co-op

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 493 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 554 reads | 0 comments
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Taking The Next ‘Big’ Step: Working at The Canada Revenue Agency

Government of Canada

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 527 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Health and Counselling Services: More Than Just Your Average School Clinic

Personal Development

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 565 reads | 0 comments
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Finding the Right Fit: A Guide to Job Hunting

Work Search

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 616 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth It?

Co-op Reflections

To do or not to do? In this article, Thuy An talks about the pros of the co-op program and how it can benefit your future career. 

By: Thuy An Lam 965 reads | 0 comments
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So, You Got a Big Girl Job — How to Navigate the World of Adults

Communique

If you think you can't fit in this intimidating world of adults, Lauren will help you with her awesome tips!

By: Lauren Borean 1099 reads | 0 comments
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My Adventures working with the BC Lottery Corporation

Co-op Reflections

Is working in an unfamiliar industry scary to you? Don’t know what to prepare before working in a co-op? Read on to find out more.

By: Cloris Sun 1268 reads | 0 comments
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Moving From Retail to Corporate : Life as an Operational Specialist at Canadian Western Trust

Business

For three years I worked part-time at TD Canada Trust as a customer service representative and eventually a personal banking associate.

By: Phuong Mai 822 reads | 0 comments
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Small Firm, Big Opportunities: Insights into Working at a Small Firm

Co-op Reflections

If you ever wondered what it was like working at a small to mid-size accounting firm, read on for a few insights from my first co-op work term!

By: Kaadambari Ravi 969 reads | 0 comments
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Gzowski 2019: Intership with CBC

Co-op

"I cried the day I heard that I had won the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship" Sonya shares her story on how she ended up being an intern at CBC Radio and why it's so important to not give up on your dreams. 

By: Sonya Hartwig 1436 reads | 0 comments
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Golden Opportunity: How I Accidentally Ended Up at a Fortune 500 Mining Company

Co-op

What many students may not know is that it can be very disheartening to apply for jobs at first. You may not receive many responses. It feels almost as if all the positions you want have already been filled. 

By: Farah Jhumra 1710 reads | 0 comments
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Becoming A $60K Assistant

personal development

When I first started at PCL as an Administrative Student, I was slightly disappointed.

By: Sharon 871 reads | 0 comments
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Building Routines to Build Productivity

Co-operative Education

Procrastination became a close friend of mine and by the end of the semester, I was burnt out but relieved that it was all over. Then the cycle would repeat itself for another four months.

By: Holly Kang 825 reads | 0 comments
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