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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Co-operative Education

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 10392 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Co-op Reflections

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 11721 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 11102 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Web and Data Services Developer at Beedie School of Business

Graduate Student

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 5263 reads | 0 comments
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RebalanceMD 2016: Finding Common Ground with Your Clientele

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

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 11127 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op at BuildDirect Influenced My Career

Co-operative Education

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 12201 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed as a Social Media Coordinator

LinkedIn

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 14819 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Career Exploration

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 12024 reads | 0 comments
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Health Sciences Degree Opens Doors to World Travel

Red Cross Emergency Response Unit

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 9900 reads | 0 comments
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5 LinkedIn Tips to Make Your Profile Pop!

Career Exploration

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 21145 reads | 0 comments
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The Cover Letter Blind Date

Personal Development

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 25798 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 19783 reads | 0 comments
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5 Healthy Habits to Combat the 9-5 Office Life

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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 17987 reads | 0 comments
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Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai

Alumni Spotlight

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 19456 reads | 0 comments
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Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Communique

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 12306 reads | 0 comments
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Top 3 Reasons to Consider an Extension and Job Rotation

Business Administration

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 15681 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Product Development: Consumer vs. Industrial

Technology & Innovation

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 14402 reads | 0 comments
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A Discussion/Disclosure Regarding Professional Development in the Arts

Co-op Reflections

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 12972 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tips to Balance Co-op and School

Life Experience

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 20674 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Cubicle: How My Student Skills Led to Co-op Success

Accounting

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 12814 reads | 0 comments
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Should You Do a Co-op Term with the Feds? (The Answer is Yes)

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

By: Emily Edwards 12222 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

Interview

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 23842 reads | 0 comments
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Lying Stills: Constructing Truth with Photography

Co-operative Education

Six students from the School for the Contemporary Arts worked with the Capture Photography Festival on a public art project titled Lying Stills: Constructing Truth with Photography. Read about their contributions to this exciting project!  

By: Kevin Day 11804 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Dance Marathon: Highlight of the Event This Year and What to Expect in 2017

children hospital

Another successful SFU Dance Marathon took place on February 20, 2016. Numerous executive members and volunteers put in countless amount of hours to not only make the event bigger and better than the preceding years, but to also help raise awareness of this fundraising initiative on campus in order to attract more attention and support from SFU students, staff, and faculty. The countless amount of efforts paid off as the club was able to raise just under $25, 000 for B.C. Children’s Hospital. 

By: Amy Gill 9704 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Attitudes to Debunk Co-op Myths

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Oftentimes, we allow ourselves to believe we are not good enough. In this post, I debunk 5 co-op myths of self-defeat allowing you to rise to any challenge.

By: Cherlene E. Chang 12444 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Resilience in my Search for Meaningful Work: One International Student’s Story

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

Facing rejection is hard, especially when you are studying abroad and trying to find your way. Here are my top three tips for ways to attract success and land the job you want.

By: Alireza Mogharrab 23347 reads | 0 comments
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3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree

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Matthew enters his fourth year with a newfound perspective on graduation. His time working for SFU Career and Volunteer Services has taught him that when it comes to education, there should be no rush. Here, he shares his top 3 reasons why!

By: Matthew Furtado 19082 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things to Remember When Setting Learning Objectives as a Continuing Student

Personal Development

Congratulations on extending your work term! It's time for more Learning Objectives! Don't worry though, if you're having a hard time thinking up of some new ones, read these 5 tips to help you.

By: Wen-Ting Fan 14065 reads | 0 comments
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So You Want to Be a Public Servant: Getting Hired into the Federal Government

Co-operative Education

Jobs in the federal government are well-paid, interesting, and a great springboard for your career. They are also very hard to get. These six tips could help you land your dream job!

By: Diana Bartosh 39767 reads | 0 comments
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Seek and Ye Shall Find: 5 Tips for Co-op Job Seekers

Top Tip Lists

Truth be told, finding my first co-op job took me three semesters. Don’t panic! Here are 5 tips to help keep you on track, motivated and increase your competitiveness in your co-op job search. 

By: Chris McCluskie 19761 reads | 0 comments
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