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SWIFT Institute Student Challenge 2017: Cybersecure Banking

ENGAGE

The SWIFT Institute, global provider of secure financial messaging services is hosting a challenge open to all post-secondary students studying at Canadian Universities:  SWIFT’s Student Challenge.  

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SFU Indigenous Day: Celebrating Knowledge and Culture

First Nations Student Association

On September 28th, the First Nations Student Association (FNSA) hosted the third annual SFU Indigenous Day. An event that brings together students, faculty, artists and community members to celebrate Indigenous culture. 

By: Taylor McKinney 6907 reads | 0 comments
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Exploring the Realities of Startup Life

Communication, Art and Technology

When you think of a startup, does the HBO series, Silicon Valley come to mind? While the computers, parked bottoms, and long hours don’t stray too far from the truth, Melissa clears up some misconceptions about the startup life.

By: Melissa Ong 14590 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

Personal Development

I used to think success depended on the separation of personal and professional passions. That was until I did a self-directed co-op term in Brazil researching some of the most successful soccer clubs. Follow me as I prepare to embark on my journey to Brazil. 

By: Christopher Maringka 8176 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

Mitacs

In part two of my Brazillian co-op story, I arrive in São Paulo feeling overwhelmed. This all changes as I carry out my research, realizing something very powerful about the connection many Brazilians have to the sport of soccer.  

By: Christopher Maringka 3419 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Applied Sciences

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 12995 reads | 0 comments
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Things You Learn Journeying (Close to) the Top of the World

Students on Ice

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 5607 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

preparation

Congrats! You’ve landed that job you worked so hard to get. Now what? Here's a guide with tips on how to to prepare for your new co-op term!

By: Charmaine Wu 6461 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

traveler

A globetrotting communicator, Almira Bardai is a PR and communications professional with over 17 years of experience in the field working all over the globe from Vancouver to Australia. Read on to learn more about her journey!

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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Diversity & Inclusion

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 25756 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Opportunities

Taylor joined SFU’s Aboriginal Co-op Coordinator, Trina Setah, as a Work-Study student to help promote co-op to SFU’s Indigenous community. Read about Taylor’s personal experience with co-op, and why she thinks you should join too.

By: Taylor McKinney 16808 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Arts and Social Sciences

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 11458 reads | 0 comments
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How References Can Make or Break Your Job Offer

References

Most people don’t maintain solid relationships with their references. Don’t be one of those job seekers scrambling to put together a list of references before an interview. Follow these basic practices to maintain connections and maximize your chances of landing the job. 

By: Melissa Chungfat 6313 reads | 0 comments
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Afraid to Network Alone at an Event? Here's How I Did It

Professional Development

Have you ever gone to a networking event alone? Learn how to make quality connections with these tips on attending networking events on your own and some conversation openers you can use to initiate those connections!  

By: Melissa Chungfat 7368 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

Communication, Art and Technology

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 12635 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Human Resource Management

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 14470 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 8248 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 4329 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Policy

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 13024 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

Convocation Reflections

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 10090 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

Science

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 10205 reads | 0 comments
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A Beginner's Guide to Hootsuite

Co-op

Hootsuite is a great tool for managing social media platforms and can be incredibly helpful on the job! Cheryl shares a few tips on using the program for Hootsuite beginners.

By: Cheryl Chang 14988 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 10346 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Professional Development

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 10584 reads | 0 comments
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Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver

Co-operative Education

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 12368 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Co-op

Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let me help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

By: Jaclyn Marshall 10524 reads | 0 comments
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A Humbling First Experience

Co-op Reflections

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

By: Andrew Ku 3291 reads | 0 comments
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The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Sports

Communique

If you’re considering a job in sports for your co-op term and, like Justine, you skipped gym in high school to go read in the library, this article is for you.

By: Justine Nadia 11627 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Co-operative Education

Business Co-op Coordinator Caroline Wakelin shares 5 tips and can-do's for career progression and tells her own story about how reluctantly saying "yes" to a first job that wasn't her "dream job" actually ended up getting her to where she wanted. 

By: Caroline Wakelin 10289 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Workplace Success

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 9036 reads | 0 comments
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