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Working for Your Passions Part I: An Idea and a Hope

Research

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 8158 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Your Passions Part II: Arrival and Research in Brazil

International Co-op

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 3401 reads | 0 comments
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My Time as a Safe Software Co-op

Returning to SFU

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 12978 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 5592 reads | 0 comments
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Your First Day: Preparation Timeline

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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 6445 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Almira Bardai, the Globetrotting Communicator

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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!

By: Pauline Leoncio 12799 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey of Indigeneity (From a Non-Indigenous Perspective)

Graduate Student

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 25685 reads | 0 comments
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Invest in the Unexpected: Why You Should Join Co-op and Share Your Story with the OLC

Work-Study

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 16790 reads | 0 comments
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The Road Less Traveled: Taking a Chance in Co-op

Co-op

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 11430 reads | 0 comments
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How References Can Make or Break Your Job Offer

co-op job search

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 6282 reads | 0 comments
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Afraid to Network Alone at an Event? Here's How I Did It

Networking

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 7355 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

CBC

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 12611 reads | 0 comments
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The EnLIGHTening Experience of Working for a Small Business

Co-op Reflections

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 14458 reads | 0 comments
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Five Tips on Being a Successful Web and Mobile Developer

Co-op Reflections

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 8233 reads | 0 comments
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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

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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 4311 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Toronto: My Experience Working for the Ontario Public Service

Student Achievement Division

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 12994 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth Delaying Your Graduation?

Engineering

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 10068 reads | 0 comments
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Who Knew Co-op Would Confirm My Career Choice and More!

Career Exploration

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 10190 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 14971 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Personal Development

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 10337 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Teaching Assistant Program in France

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 10579 reads | 0 comments
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Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver

Graduate Students

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 12351 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Top Tip Lists

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 10512 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 3279 reads | 0 comments
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The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Sports

Co-operative Education

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 11610 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Staff Stories: Making the Most of the Unexpected

Co-op

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 10275 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 9019 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Workplace Success

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 8360 reads | 0 comments
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The Essential Co-op Skill: Time Management

Engineering

Knowing how to deal with multiple tasks each having different priorities and deadlines is necessary for success. Time management, an essential skill in most work places, is therefore an even more important skill to develop as a co-op student. In this article, I share some time management methods for handling small side tasks in order to free up more time for the bigger things at hand.

By: Harry He 8302 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-operative Education

Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 15569 reads | 0 comments
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