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Fight the Struggle of Finding Your First Placement: Being Open to Opportunities When Seeking Your First Co-op Work Term

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Before finding his first co-op placement, Shem Navalta found himself frustrated that his “ideal” job wasn’t available to him. In this post, Shem talks about his experience with searching for his first co-op job and provides advice on how to be open to opportunities that will help you grow. 

By: Shem Navalta 8334 reads | 0 comments
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5 Career Lessons I Learned From Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone

SFU

Kelly shares how her experience with SFU YWIB helped her in her career.  Find out what 5 lessons she learned, and what lessons you should know!

By: Kelly Furey 7894 reads | 0 comments
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How to Land a Co-op When You’ve Only Flipped Burgers

Research

…or only possess experience in an entry level position. Madison lists 5 helpful tips that she learned from the process of applying to co-op positions with little to no true professional experience.  While it’s definitely harder, what’s life without a little challenge?

By: Madison Edge 5441 reads | 0 comments
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Connections, Connections, Connections: The Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Co-op

Co-op

For me, co-op is about learning what I can’t learn in school. After three co-op terms, I firmly believe everyone in your workplace can – and should – be viewed as a valuable resource. Each person has something to teach you – life skills, career tips, something – you just have to figure out what it is! 

By: Carlie Penner 4644 reads | 0 comments
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What I Learned From Going Back to Kindergarten

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

I spent a year working in a special needs kindergarten classroom and learned endless career and life skills to help me work towards my goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist.

By: Erin O’Neil 5192 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing: A Day to Day Work Flow

Communication, Art and Technology

What is the role of a technical writer? And what do you do working as one? Communication Co-op student Brent Restivo answers these questions, outlines the work flow of a typical technical writing project and takes you step-by-step through an actual on-the-job scenario.

 

By: Brent Restivo 10911 reads | 0 comments
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The Panel Interview: 5 Things You Should Know

Panel Interviews

When you think of an “interview”, do you normally think of a one on one interview? That’s what I used to think of.  However, as a co-op student you might experience panel interviews.  Read on to find out what you should know before a panel interview. 

By: npope 9200 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons to Write a Co-op Reflection for the OLC

Portfolio

You might have noticed some amazing co-op stories written by your fellow peers on the OLC, but have you ever considered sharing your story?  Here are five reasons why you should write for the OLC.

By: npope 7517 reads | 0 comments
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I’m on a (big big) boat

Co-op

The company I work for thought it was a great idea to throw me out to sea on a large vessel to test out filming at sea.  It worked out. Here’s the story.

By: Solomon Hsu 4498 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from a Marketing Communications Professional: Ryan Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications at Blenz Coffee

Communication

Director of marketing and communications for Blenz Coffee and graduate of SFU’s Public Relations Certificate program, Ryan Paulson, shares invaluable advice about the modern communication industry – his own career path, what he looks for in new-hires and tips for current SFU Communication students to be professionally competitive after graduation.

By: Kendal Crawford 13327 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond the BC bubble: My co-op term in Burma (Myanmar)

Co-operative Education

In a country filled with monks, crazy drivers, and frequent power outages, things were different living in Burma. After four months, it started to feel a bit like home. Here’s a glimpse into my unique experience as a political intern for the Embassy of Canada to Burma (Myanmar). 

By: Layla Clarkson 6342 reads | 0 comments
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Interviewing Human Resources – How Employers Decide who to Interview

Resumes

Have you ever wondered why you never got a callback for that interview? Or perhaps, you’re wondering how you can make sure that you do get called in the future. Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to increase your chances of getting an interview? I sat down with a Human Resources professional to find out how he evaluates resumes and select who to interview. 

By: Daniel Cooper 9606 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being Smart Isn’t Enough

Co-operative Education

You meet a lot of intelligent people working in research, but intelligence isn’t going to get you far as a researcher. The ability to communicate with your peers and to external viewers is critical to being successful. Read on as I share my experience working amongst research lab groups and why it’s a valuable skill to be able to communicate to those both in and outside your field.

By: Charlie Bennett 4956 reads | 0 comments
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Fun at SAP

Communication, Art and Technology

Giselle Li had great experiences doing her co-op at SAP. In this article, she recorded one of her setbacks during work and how she resolved it.  She also shares what it is like to work at SAP and the events and opportunities that are available there. 

By: Giselle Li 5496 reads | 0 comments
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Improve Your Writing With Five Simple Steps

communication

Whether you’re pursuing a career in writing or not, excellent writing and communication skills are often at the top of the list for job qualifications. Here are five simple steps to drastically improve your writing and set yourself apart from other applicants in a highly competative job market. 

By: Lina Kunina 8471 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteering for SFU Relay for Life

Company/Organization Spotlight

Learn about my experiences volunteering for SFU Relay for Life. As an organizing committee volunteer you develop leadership skills, plan and execute an event, and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with cancer. If you are seeking a leadership role, enjoy event planning, fundraising or promoting, then SFU Relay for Life may be the right fit for you! 

By: Manal Masud 13102 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering a new campus

Communication, Art and Technology

Puppy Therapy, Laughter Yoga, and Knitting Clubs - need I say more? After eight months of working as the Marketing and Communications Assistant with SFU Health and Counselling, I’ve been able to help plan and promote all these great programs on campus. 

By: Megan Lo 4871 reads | 0 comments
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Time invested pays dividends for SFU Co-op student award-winner

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Simon Fraser University co-op student Laramie Ferguson is B.C.’s 2014 Co-op Student of the Year in the university category.

By: Justin Wong 3482 reads | 0 comments
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Teaching English Abroad: Skill Improvements for Any Career

Co-operative Education

Have you ever wanted to live and work abroad but could “never” find something career related?  Well, in my opinion, what you “could not find” might actually be right in front of your eyes.  There are countless opportunities for students to live abroad while teaching English.  You just might be surprised at what occupational skills you might be able to extract from such a position.  Have a read of my article to find out.

By: Nick Crivici 4737 reads | 0 comments
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Five Events to Attend While at SFU

Professional Associations and Clubs

Have you wondered what else you can get out of a university experience, besides an education? Do you want to get out there and have fun, meet new people and learn new things? These are 5 events you don't want to miss.

By: Martha Espinoza 17673 reads | 0 comments
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An Infusion of Perspective - My Days At Oracle Labs, Vancouver

Technology & Innovation

Why working in the industry is really valuable to grad students - my six months at Oracle Labs, Vancouver.

By: Svetozar Miučin 5909 reads | 0 comments
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My Fitness Journey

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

Kenneth Moy is a Kinesiology student who spent his co-op placement at Thompson Community Centre.  Read on to find out what he learned after four months as a fitness professional.  

By: Kenneth Moy 4933 reads | 0 comments
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[Part 2]: My Co-op Experience at an Industrial Lab: Networking

Co-op Reflections

Getting accustomed to a new workplace with new people can be daunting. MBB student Janelle shares her experience working for the fast-paced industrial lab, Maxxam.

By: Janelle Santos 4145 reads | 0 comments
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[Part 1]: My Co-op Experience at an Industrial Lab: Working Together like a Well-Oiled Machine

Maxxam

Getting accustomed to a new workplace with new people can be daunting. MBB student Janelle shares her experience working for the fast-paced industrial lab, Maxxam.

By: Janelle Santos 5261 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: We Are All Humans

Top Tip Lists

Asking for a reference is one of the most important parts to develop in your career. In addition, being a reference for a person can be interesting, especially if it is a cold call reference. My experiences getting references and being a reference have been at the extremes. This is an article on reference etiquette.toda

By: Stephen Kaita 5804 reads | 0 comments
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[Infographic] Business Co-op in Numbers

Business

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Not Your Average Chiropractic Care

Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology

Are all chiropractors the same? Not at all. This is Kikuko's co-op reflection after doing a practicum at MacKenzie Chiropractic. 

By: Kikuko Araki 8668 reads | 0 comments
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2015: A Planning Odyssey

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Robert, a Computing Science student, spent his co-op as a software developer at Visier.  He went above and beyond by volunteering to plan fun social events for the company, which resulted in some great learning experiences.  

By: Robert 4682 reads | 0 comments
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CMNSU's Alumni Interview Mashup: Collective Lessons Across the Board II

Alumni

CMNSU's second alumni interview mashup is here! Check it out for the best of our alumni's career-advancing tips and strateges, and gain insight into what it takes to get the kind of job that’s right for you.

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 13352 reads | 0 comments
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An Introvert’s Guide to Prepping for the Professional World

Introverts

Yes, shy people can (and do!) succeed, too—and not just as murder-mystery novelists and computer programmers.

By: Leah de Roy 9202 reads | 0 comments
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