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Reflections of an SFU Epigenetics Research Assistant

Job search

Health Sciences student, Philipp Michaluk disusses the value of searching for co-op positions close to home from his experience as a research assistant at SFU's Epigenetics Laboratory. 

By: Philipp Michaluk 2824 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Joseph Paguio

Career Exploration

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 3998 reads | 0 comments
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Will a Certificate Help You STAND OUT?

Business

Thinking about taking a certificate program? Wondering how additional certification could help you in your career? If so, this article is for you.

By: Liu Siyu 4466 reads | 0 comments
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Spend the Day with a Top Canadian CEO

Professional Development

An opportuntity to gain unforgettable real world experience, CEO 1 x Day is a chance to step into the shoes of one of Canada's most influential leaders. The application period begins, September 28, 2017.

By: OLC Admin 12475 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Research Assistant

Have you ever wanted to pursue a Health Research Co-op but didn’t know where to start? Are you fascinated by Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Research? If so then this article is for you. 

By: Miranda Defer 4037 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Co-operative Education

Communications Co-op student, Ashley Fraser, spent the summer interning at CBC Radio as part of the coveted Peter Gzowski Internship Program. Ashley shares how she got there and her advice for students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Networking

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 4315 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Applied Sciences

Adam Bignell, shares his experience from an eight month co-op with Safe Software Inc. A co-op term spent developing support for raster and point cloud, but with an added dose of team-building and fooseball to balance out the workload.

By: Adam Bignell 3891 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Public Relations

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 5300 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

Communication, Art and Technology

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as proposing a new idea or a new design. Careful consideration is given to how a project is approached by developers, users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance of designing in phases and the considerations she took working as a UX designer.

By: Amanda Poh 13745 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Health Sciences

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 4964 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Communication, Art and Technology

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 5019 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Co-op Reflections

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 3816 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

First Weeks on the Job

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 3498 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Co-op

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 4697 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Workplace Success

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 16070 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Professional Development

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 4121 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

Communication, Art and Technology

When you’re starting off in a new workplace, it can be daunting talking to people who carry the title of CEO, director, and everything in between. While you may feel like a small potato compared to the big spud, it’s important to remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Lindsay shares her story on why your future self will thank you for building your connections early on through Co-op.

By: Lindsay Wu 12847 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Business

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 5511 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

ENGAGE

The term leadership has become a buzzword when describing one’s abilities and skillsets, but leadership is an imperative skill that can give you a competitive edge. Matthew offers three ways to convey this skill to employers when looking for work. 

By: Matthew Furtado 14009 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

BC Housing

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 16027 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Graduate Co-op

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 4847 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Co-operative Education

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 4411 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Co-op

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 6304 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Global Affairs Canada

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 5241 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Co-operative Education

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 3724 reads | 0 comments
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Fusion Festival

Volunteering

Imagine visiting Japan, India, Ireland and many other iconic countries all from the comfort of a local neighborhood park. Fusion Festival, allows thousands of locals and out of province guests to experience different cultures, art, musical extravaganzas right in the heart of Surrey. 

By: Hajira Khan 6538 reads | 0 comments
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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

Communication

Do you know absolutely nothing about social media? Want to ensure that you are on the right track to proper social media management? If you answered yes to either or both questions above, have no worries! Keep on reading to learn how to use social media to your advantage. 

By: Sarah Saghah 10312 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Co-operative Education

As a co-op student, one of the toughest decisions you will make is whether to extend your contract or to go back to school. In this blog, I provide a detailed guide to help you decide whether to extend, or not to extend.   

By: Aryan Maghsoud 5952 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Engineering Co-op

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 3902 reads | 0 comments
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