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The Skills You Can’t Learn in Class

Live Well Exercise Clinic

I knew that co-op work terms would greatly enhance my education and I would gain skills and experience that I could never get from a classroom, but the type of knowledge that I am walking away with is not what I expected.  

By: Tessa Leyland 7117 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Not What Your Communication Degree Can Do for You; It’s What You Can Do For Your Communication Degree

SCOY

For some employers today, a degree has become the minimum requirement for most entry-level jobs. Having spoke with this year's winner of the SCOY Award of Merit, Terence Chu, the solution to this conundrum, for me, became apparent.  

By: Chris McCluskie 13477 reads | 0 comments
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Tips from the Editor: Blogging 101

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Not sure how to write a blog post or where to get started? Natalie, an Editor for the SFU OLC, shares a step by step guide to write a blog post and she shares some top student examples.  

By: npope 5819 reads | 0 comments
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Risk takers and novelty: Demystifying the barriers of international co-op and exchange

Co-op

Consider the benefits of doing an international co-op and exchange.

By: Justin Wong 3801 reads | 0 comments
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Communication: A Key Skill for an Engineer

communication

Learn how communication is one of the most important skills to develop at work. 

By: (Joel) Hoi Pak Lun 4745 reads | 0 comments
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The Summer Internship of a Lifetime: Meet Christina Guan

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What’s your dream job? 

Like many students, Christina Guan has some big dreams.  But her dreams actually became a reality this summer.  Find out how this SFU student was able to utilize her skillset and land an internship of a lifetime. 

By: Natalie Pope 6870 reads | 0 comments
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You Get Out What You Put In: Portfolio, Contacts, Resume

Networking

Moving through your work term, it is valuable to consider what you will take from your co-op experience that will benefit your future career. Kimberly Blair recommends keeping three things in mind: portfolio, contacts, and resume.

By: KLC Blair 11358 reads | 0 comments
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How to Write an Awesome Cover Letter

Applications

Applying for jobs can seem tedious and through my experiences, I have compiled six tips that can help you improve your results and get noticed!

By: Clair Lam 24877 reads | 0 comments
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My Tech Journey Started After The www.

tech

I am a Lefty, a techy, and as my coffee mug says, a “hawt geek”. This is what I can proudly say after finding myself through my first co-op placement. On day one, I thought I signed up for work, but what I really signed up for was a second family at Left of the Dot Media Inc. 

By: Moni Manhas 6041 reads | 0 comments
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Clan wrestler collects BA on way to 2015 Pan Am Games

Teaching

Justina Di Stasio is an English student at SFU who also is a member of Canada’s national senior women’s wrestling team competing at the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto.

By: Justin Wong 5039 reads | 0 comments
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Community Engagement Clarifies Career Choice

Indigenous Student Centre

Meet Lindsay Wainwright, 32, who has already completed her second year of medical school at UBC even though she is just graduating with her SFU B.Sc. this June. 

By: Diane Mar-Nicolle 18338 reads | 0 comments
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New Co-op. New City. – Tips for Those Moving Away for the First Time

moving

Moving away from home is a life changing experience. It is a combination of exciting and scary, happy and sad, and everything in between. Throw in a new city and a new job and everything just intensifies. One of the first questions that come to mind are what do you do and where do you start?

By: Ronald Yeung 5063 reads | 0 comments
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CMNSU Alumni Feature: Alumni Interview – Jeff Scheffel

Alumni Spotlight

Jeff Scheffel, Community Developer at Volunteer Burnaby, discusses the diversity of a job in the not-for-profit sector, the importance of collaboration, volunteering, and encourages Communication students not to underestimate their skillset. 

By: Kasia Cookson 8713 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Bring Confidence to the Job Interview

Co-operative Education

Ever feel like interviews do not go your way, or they feel out of your control?  Find the one thing you can control: your confidence! Natalie reflects on some of her old co-op interview experiences, and shares some strategies she has learned to bring confidence to your next interview. 

By: npope 23950 reads | 0 comments
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Develop your career in Hong Kong

Co-op

 

Consider going abroad for your co-op.  When Alan did his co-op in Hong Kong, he not only got first hand experience with a new culture but he also developed new skills.

By: Alan Pang 5608 reads | 0 comments
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Fight the Struggle of Finding Your First Placement: Being Open to Opportunities When Seeking Your First Co-op Work Term

Co-operative Education

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 8603 reads | 0 comments
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5 Career Lessons I Learned From Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone

Career Exploration

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 8284 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 5587 reads | 0 comments
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Connections, Connections, Connections: The Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Co-op

BC Children's Hospital

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 4811 reads | 0 comments
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What I Learned From Going Back to Kindergarten

Occupational Therapist

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 5422 reads | 0 comments
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Technical Writing: A Day to Day Work Flow

Communique

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 11380 reads | 0 comments
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The Panel Interview: 5 Things You Should Know

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 9587 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons to Write a Co-op Reflection for the OLC

Co-operative Education

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 7788 reads | 0 comments
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I’m on a (big big) boat

Photography

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 4638 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from a Marketing Communications Professional: Ryan Paulson, Director of Marketing & Communications at Blenz Coffee

Volunteering

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 13690 reads | 0 comments
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Beyond the BC bubble: My co-op term in Burma (Myanmar)

Co-op

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 6562 reads | 0 comments
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Interviewing Human Resources – How Employers Decide who to Interview

Daniel Cooper

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 10040 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 5161 reads | 0 comments
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Fun at SAP

SAP

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 5682 reads | 0 comments
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Improve Your Writing With Five Simple Steps

Interpersonal Skills

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 8732 reads | 0 comments
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