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Avoid Sucking During Your Work Term

new job

When trying to get hired, I hardly considered the prospect of actually working. I was more concerned with building professional resumes and appearing impressive at interviews. Upon landing my first co-op, however, I suddenly realized that I would need to perform in a strange, new environment – one I knew nothing about!

By: Miranda Lindsay 6930 reads | 0 comments
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How to Apply the Skills from our Volunteer Experiences to Future Careers

Interpersonal Skills

As a follow up to Kim's article, "Employability Skills You Can Gain Through Volunteering," read how those three key employability skills could be applied to a future career! Let us know: How would these skills apply to your own dream job?

By: Kim Huynh 5268 reads | 0 comments
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5 Steps to Effective Time Management

Co-op

Public Relations Intern Kelly shares 5 strategies to accomplishing deadlines and effective time management.

By: Kelly Furey 10867 reads | 0 comments
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Success in Failure

Special Event Planning

Working for the Surrey Marathon Society during my second co-op work term was one of the most challenging experiences of my life so far. Although I worked on the organization’s inaugural event, I had no idea what fate had in store for me this time around.

By: Janilaine Tsui 9690 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Club of the Week: Love Your Neighbour

Professional Associations and Clubs

This week's SFU Club of the Week is the SFU Chapter of Love Your Neighbour. Here's a spotlight on this club that has expanded to offer local and international opportunities for students.

By: Emily Co 6910 reads | 0 comments
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A Push To Commit

Computing Science

Not sure what career path you want to take? Computing Science Co-op Student, Cody Santos, was not sure either.  Read about his first co-op term at Mobidia and what he learned because of his experience there.

By: Cody Santos 5272 reads | 0 comments
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Dylan's Computing Science Co-op Guide [Part 1]: Meet Dylan

Co-operative Education

Meet Dylan, a fourth year computing science student at Simon Fraser University with over a year of co-op experience spanning two large companies: SAP and Electronic Arts. He shares his unique perspective on Computing Science Co-op and offers advice for students on topics such as interview techniques and software engineering tips.  This post is part one of four.

By: Dylan Hawkins 10087 reads | 0 comments
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3 Ways to Kill Writer’s Block and Clarify Your Message

blog writing

Struggling with writer’s block? Clear the hurdle by clarifying your message with these helpful tips.

By: Kerstin Butzelaar 9398 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: A Letter to A Reader

Opinion

Why do you volunteer? There are many reasons why people volunteer for both professional and personal reasons. This is a personal article on why I volunteer at specific organizations. 

By: Stephen Kaita 5205 reads | 0 comments
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What Volunteering Can Do For You That Classrooms Can't

ENGAGE

Academics are certainly important, but volunteering can certainly help you in other aspects of your life, both personally and professionally. Nicola explains some key benefits to gain from volunteering.

By: Nicola Sznajder 4596 reads | 0 comments
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Caring for the Elderly with Three Links Care Society

East Vancouver

Do you enjoy hanging out with your grandparents and listening to their stories from “back in the day”?  Then consider volunteering at Three Links Care Centre!

By: Loren Catotal 8173 reads | 0 comments
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TaLK in Korea

TaLK

Third year Business student, Corina Inigo, shares about her co-op experience with Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK).  She discusses what TaLK is all about and also shares personal anecdotes from her teaching experience. 

By: Corina Inigo 12503 reads | 0 comments
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Accounting with the RCMP

Co-op

Joey Mak: Fighting crime one journal entry at a time. Business student Joey Mak worked an eight month co-op with the RCMP, gaining enriching experiences. From processing salary reconciliations to conversing with officers at the Pacific RCMP Headquarters with a little bit of database management and programming in the middle, this co-op experience had it all.

By: Joey Mak 12067 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteer with SFU Public Square's 2014 Community Summit!

Volunteering

SFU Public Square is recruiting for a variety of volunteer roles for their upcoming 2014 Community Summit taking place October 19th-24th, and titled "Innovation, The Shock of the Possible." Read about what it will be like to be a part of this exciting event!

By: Jordana Fridman 5722 reads | 0 comments
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Employability Skills You Can Gain Through Volunteering

Kim Huynh

How does volunteering help your employability? Kim goes through a few of the top skills that you can gain from volunteering that will also help you as a working employee.

By: Kim Huynh 13237 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Club of the Week: The Social Media Network (SFUSMN)

Communication, Art and Technology

This week, Emily features The Social Media Network as the SFU Club of the Week. Read about how their activities aim to increase students' professional social media prowess!

By: Emily Co 8426 reads | 0 comments
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Be Social! 5 Tips on using Social Media for Business

Online Presence

Will your workplace require you to tweet? Ashley explains how to run social media accounts for a business.

By: Ashley Gregerson 9203 reads | 0 comments
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The Payoff of Perseverance

personal development

Raymon Gulati faced his fears by interviewing with BlackBerry, landing a fantastic job, and learning that his talent & skills could successfully overcome what seemed to be his biggest obstacle.

By: Raymon Gulati 6803 reads | 0 comments
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Dream Internship Follows Less-than-glamorous Co-op Placement

Communication, Art and Technology

Nick Doering was not looking for a co-op job at SFU, but soon discovered that his work at SFU’s SIAT department was a great first step to landing a position at a high profile company.

By: Nick Doering 12520 reads | 0 comments
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The Other Side: What Employers Want to Hear During an Interview

Communication

While completing her co-op with posAbilities, Jordana Fridman had the opportunity to observe the other side of the interview process. Here's her insight into what employers are really looking for.

By: Jordana Fridman 14111 reads | 0 comments
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“I never dreamed about having a job like this!”

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jill Packham, a 2nd year Biology Co-op student, who was working in Nanaimo, BC and finishing her second work term at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

By: seasst 8428 reads | 0 comments
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Come Prepared: Succeed at a Career Fair

Work Search

SFU Fairs Week is coming! Get the most out of attending by being prepared to impress potential employers. Haleh explains what her co-op term with SFU's Career Services taught her about presenting oneself professionally at a career fair.

By: Haleh Pashaei 17869 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Tech for the Non-­Technical

Workplace Transition
No experience in the tech industry? Break in anyway! Communication and Economics Co-op student Terence Chu shares tips he learned firsthand as a Technical Writer for Ericsson, a multinational Swedish telecommunications corporation.
By: Terence Chu 13922 reads | 0 comments
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Invitation: FNSA Hosts SFU Indigenous Day

Indigenous Event

I invite each of you to come and witness the first SFU Indigenous Day.  Performers, artists and educators come from across Canada to share their knowledge expressing their cultural diversity.

By: Laura Forsythe 21300 reads | 0 comments
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What I Learned During my Co-ops at RIM and SAP

Technology & Innovation

Vlad Tkachenko is a 5th year Computing Science Student who spent 2 co-op terms at RIM and 2 co-op terms at SAP.  He shares what he learned and some tips for success on the job.

By: Vlad Tkachenko 6961 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience Volunteering as an In School Mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley

Anju recounts her experience as an In School Mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, and what she learned about herself and others.

By: Anju Chhokar 9039 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: 4 Reasons to Become a Coach

Series

Coaches. We have had them since we were five-years-old in sports, academics, or life. Throughout the years, we learn from other people, and this has had an influence on who we become. This is an article on reasons to become a coach. 

By: Stephen Kaita 5476 reads | 0 comments
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CAREER RESOURCES 101: An SFU Student's Guide to Career Readiness

Co-op Reflections

September is right around the corner, but before you go off and kick into school mode take a moment to consider how you might make the most of this semester. We suggest starting off with any one of these 13 tips to enhance your career readiness!  

By: Malinda Pathacharige 11806 reads | 0 comments
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Advice from a Corporate Communications Guru

Workplace Transition

Starting a new co-op position can be stressful and overwhelming at first. Communication Co-op student, Christie Atkins, shares workplace transition advice from her mentor, Melissa Fast.

By: Christie Atkins 13420 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience: Be Open to the Unfamiliar

Science

Are you having a hard time landing that ideal Co-op job? But, what is ideal? Explore Jeanie’s experience this summer at the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre.  She shares her experience about how a job description might not stand out at first, but can lead to a stand-out placement.

By: Jeanie Luu 8692 reads | 0 comments
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