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My Co-op Experience at SAP

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My co-op terms have given me the ability to explore potential career choices and build invaluable work experience as well as helped me to craft my own career path. Read on to discover my co-op journey and why I highly recommend pursuing co-op with SAP. 

By: Subir Ranjan 15101 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

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Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 12047 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Co-operative Education

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 15165 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

International Co-op

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 4421 reads | 0 comments
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For a Chance at a Job, Take a Chance and Apply!

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I completed my undergraduate degree without doing co-op. This meant that after graduation, I was competing for jobs with others who had work experience, while I had none. Find out how doing co-op as a PhD student allowed me to not only gain work experience, but also gave me confidence in my abilities.  

By: Shruti Menon 3677 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Co-op Reflections

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 11533 reads | 0 comments
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My Racing Readers Journey

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In the short amount of time I volunteered with Racing Readers, I learned a lot about myself. I also realized how much of an influence I could potentially have on others, which pushed me to be even better. This is my journey with the Racing Readers program.  

By: Daljinder Kaler 6431 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes

Co-operative Education

In this Vlog, SFU Communication Co-op student Jao Dantes explains his typical work day working for Simon Fraser University. 

 

By: Jao Dantes 14340 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

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It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 10281 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

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In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 11552 reads | 0 comments
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Not Your Everyday Shoe Store

Co-operative Education

Applying for the position of Pedorthic Assistant at Kintec, I was a bit hesitant since my previous work experience involved asking people if they want fries with that. I soon found that working at Kintec was one of the most relevant jobs to my degree as it's a lot more than just selling shoes. 

By: Daniel Ciarniello 10910 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Technology & Innovation

I have had previous experience working with web-based technologies, but mostly in the academic context. Working as a co-op student at the SFU Beedie School of Business, I had the opportunity to work in development, but to also work with business analysts and clients directly, to understand their requirements and implement them. In this post, I explain how this co-op exceeded my expectations.  

By: Amit Mandal 5066 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

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When a person enters a physiotherapy clinic for the first time, they can experience a wide range of emotions such as fear, despair and doubt. It is our job as healthcare practitioners to transition our clientele from fearing movement to love of movement. This post discusses how being honest and empathetic will help you achieve amazing things with your clientele.

By: Brandon Watson 10983 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op at BuildDirect Influenced My Career

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This blog is about my wonderful co-op experience at BuildDirect and how it influenced my career in Canada. I discuss the work culture at BuildDirect, the type of work I have done and the technologies used. If you are planning to do a co-op with BuildDirect, this is definitely going to help you.

By: Joydeep Bhadra 12077 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed as a Social Media Coordinator

Communication

Imagine you get paid to create multiple *twooshes* a day, curate funny gifs, browse Instagram, post awesome pictures and share on Facebook. Yes, being a Social Media Coordinator is very fun, but one must not neglect these four important points to be one.

By: Jessica Christina Hardi 14598 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Personal Development

Since applying to the Kinesiology program at SFU, I knew one day I wanted to work as an Occupational Therapist. I spent time volunteering in recreation-based work, but when it came time to apply for a co-op, I decided to expand into the realm of teaching life skills.

By: Lois Lee 11841 reads | 0 comments
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Health Sciences Degree Opens Doors to World Travel

Global Health

What do you do with a BA in Health Sciences focusing on global health? For Lauren Shandley, this has meant combining her technical expertise and love of travel to better the lives of others around the globe.   

By: Diane Luckow 9822 reads | 0 comments
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5 LinkedIn Tips to Make Your Profile Pop!

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In the digital age, you never know who’s looking and what opportunities can arise. When you’re putting together your online presence, you want to go beyond cutting and pasting your resume, and get your LinkedIn profile in tip-top shape! Kass shares 5 tips to make your profile POP!

By: Kassandra Mihaly 20854 reads | 0 comments
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The Cover Letter Blind Date

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We’ve all been there, wanting to impress our cute blind date -- feeling great in the moments when the conversation flows – and not so much in the moments when it stalls out.

By: Angela Kim 25480 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Professional Development

Congratulations, your work term has been extended! Now what? As routine sets in and one gets comfortable, the initial vigor for success in a work term starts to fade. In this article, Charmaine shares practical tips to stay motivated and make the most of the extension.

By: Charmaine Wu 19599 reads | 0 comments
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5 Healthy Habits to Combat the 9-5 Office Life

Workplace Success

During his co-op job, William realized that he needed to build healthy life-long habits for his long career ahead. Below is a short list of small things he does combat body deterioration for the 9 to 5 office-life.

By: William Soemargo 17763 reads | 0 comments
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Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai

Where Are They Now?

SFU alumnus, Eric Cai provides his insights and reflections of the journey to work after graduation, discussing challenges faced and goals reached along the way.

By: Eric Cai 19174 reads | 0 comments
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Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Top Tip Lists

Remember the flood of emails you ignored as a student? Well, turning a blind eye doesn't fly in the office place. Miranda shares useful tips on how to avoid being overwhelmed by reading and deleting!

By: Miranda Lindsay 11980 reads | 0 comments
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Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Co-operative Education

Kim began her co-op work term at BlackBerry despite having never applied for the position. This opportunity sparked her interest in tech, which resulted in an extension and job rotation. In this article, Kim presents 3 reasons why you too should accept a co-op extension and job rotation.

By: Kim Leung 15321 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

Product Development

Ever wondered what makes the difference between a consumer level product and an industrial one? Read on and find out some of the key differences that make industrial level products stand out in reliability. 

By: Harry He 14250 reads | 0 comments
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A Discussion/Disclosure Regarding Professional Development in the Arts

Career Exploration

Professional development in contemporary arts, in a post-secondary setting, is problematic. What is the responsibility of the university? What does professional development for artists look like? Kevin answers these questions and more.

By: Kevin Day 12865 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tips to Balance Co-op and School

Co-operative Education

We millennials aren't lazy! We actually want it all– good grades, a life and experience to get us job market ready. Although those things seem mutually exclusive, Aninditha shares tips on successfully juggling a part-time co-op and school.

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 20424 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

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Once you land a job, the skills you’ve learned in your classes make surprising appearances in the workforce. Discover how Rebecca’s ability to navigate university helped her attain co-op success!

By: Rebecca Chong 12638 reads | 0 comments
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Should You Do a Co-op Term with the Feds? (The Answer is Yes)

Career Exploration

Emily recounts her co-op term working with the Feds at Service Canada. 

By: Emily Edwards 12058 reads | 0 comments
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How My Determination Turned My Shyness Into Confidence - 5 Tips For Working On Your Goals While Enjoying Your Life

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used to be very shy, a person who dared not speak to new people. Public speaking terrified me, even worse than getting an injection. As both an introvert and a sentimental person, I admired people who could just get out there and form friendships. So, I started to work on my goals and I soon realized that speaking to people is much better than getting an injection!

By: Jingyao Li 23587 reads | 0 comments
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