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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Health Sciences

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 4675 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Work Life Balance

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 4699 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Teach and Learn Korea

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 3568 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

First Weeks on the Job

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 3219 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

International Co-op

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 4262 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 15617 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 3879 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Worry About Being a Small Potato

General

When you’re starting off in a new workplace, it can be daunting talking to people who carry the title of CEO, director, and everything in between. While you may feel like a small potato compared to the big spud, it’s important to remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Lindsay shares her story on why your future self will thank you for building your connections early on through Co-op.

By: Lindsay Wu 12537 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Accounting

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 5162 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

Co-op

The term leadership has become a buzzword when describing one’s abilities and skillsets, but leadership is an imperative skill that can give you a competitive edge. Matthew offers three ways to convey this skill to employers when looking for work. 

By: Matthew Furtado 13528 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

Business Co-op

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 15725 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Ocean Pollution Research Program

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 4518 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Professional Development

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 4100 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Top Tip Lists

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 6027 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Volunteering

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 4967 reads | 0 comments
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Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Co-op Reflections

I landed my first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation?

By: Jennifer To 3454 reads | 0 comments
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Fusion Festival

Volunteering

Imagine visiting Japan, India, Ireland and many other iconic countries all from the comfort of a local neighborhood park. Fusion Festival, allows thousands of locals and out of province guests to experience different cultures, art, musical extravaganzas right in the heart of Surrey. 

By: Hajira Khan 6153 reads | 0 comments
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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

Professional Development

Do you know absolutely nothing about social media? Want to ensure that you are on the right track to proper social media management? If you answered yes to either or both questions above, have no worries! Keep on reading to learn how to use social media to your advantage. 

By: Sarah Saghah 9578 reads | 0 comments
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To Extend Your Co-op or Not: A Guide for Making the Decision

Applied Sciences

As a co-op student, one of the toughest decisions you will make is whether to extend your contract or to go back to school. In this blog, I provide a detailed guide to help you decide whether to extend, or not to extend.   

By: Aryan Maghsoud 5350 reads | 0 comments
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My Evolution through Co-op

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Before my first co-op I had a similar resume to most of my classmates. We had all taken the same courses and worked on the same projects and labs. After co-op, I had a unique set of skills and experiences that differentiated me from my classmates. Allowing me to standout to future employers.

By: Feyijimi Folarin 3628 reads | 0 comments
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Finding That Work Culture Fit

Co-op

Before hitting submit on that job posting, you may be asking yourself: “Would I blend well with the culture and dynamic of this organization?” For Anna, this question was the ultimatum that steered her away from pursuing a more structured marketing position. Instead, she accepted an opportunity with Silverstring Media. Here, she found her niche creating illustrations for independent media that strongly aligned with her own values and beliefs.

By: Anna Wolff 4388 reads | 0 comments
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How Asking Good Questions Can Advance Your Career

Co-operative Education

As a co-op student with little experience, it sometimes seems like all you are doing is asking questions. That is why it is important to make sure you are asking good questions. What are good questions? They are evidence of your thought process, ability to think outside of the box, and knack for problem solving. Read this article to learn more about what makes a question good, and how to make questions your competitive advantage.

By: Nathan Boey 5595 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

International

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 4343 reads | 0 comments
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[Indigenous Employer] ICBC

Indigenous Co-op

Interested in a career with a company who values your identity and culture?  A company who’s committed to a diverse workforce, while offering unique opportunities and professional growth.  A company who supports and encourages employees from a shared background and culture to help drive understanding, empathy and change.  If so, ICBC may be right for you.

By: OLC Admin 14167 reads | 0 comments
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The Manufacturing Challenge

Silicon Valley

It is not hard to produce a perfect car. The difficulty lies in manufacturing 100,000 cars exactly alike. Read about the challenge of manufacturing modern luxury vehicles at Tesla Inc. 

By: Michael Kontanist 7209 reads | 0 comments
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Let Me TaLK to You: Self-Discovery & Cultural Adaptation

International

Do you want to challenge yourself? If so, TaLK may be the right opportunity for you. I never imagined that working abroad could be so rewarding and would broaden my perspective so drastically. Working for TaLK allowed me to travel South Korea and become more independent through the process, while making lifelong friends.

By: Mila Luong 4412 reads | 0 comments
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Quick Guide to Staying Fashionable in the Office

During the Work Term

Working in an office doesn't necessarily mean that your fashion choices will be narrowed down to a monocromatic palette and clothes that make you seem significantly older than you actually are. Be creative with patterns, try a new hair style, maybe even bring back a vintage look. Harlene has you covered for all your workplace fashion needs with her quick guide on how to look great while still looking professional in the workplace.

By: Harlene Trias 11393 reads | 0 comments
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Provincial and Regional Health Authorities – Two Unique Experiences

Government

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for a provincial or regional health authority? I turned my curiosity into two 8-month co-op terms with Provincial Health Services Authority, and Fraser Health Authority. This is my co-op story.

By: Mahsa Athari 2866 reads | 0 comments
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CA Technologies Revealed: What it’s Like to be a Co-op Student at One of the Most Innovative Companies

Computing Science

If I won’t be doing software engineering what will I be doing? A co-op term spent migrating a decade’s worth of data.

By: Emerson Dolinski 3963 reads | 0 comments
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Tackling the Application Process in the Federal Public Sector

Interviews

Are you in the process of applying to a federal government co-op position but are unsure of what to expect or whether you’re on the right track? Check out these tips that Christie, a fourth year Criminology co-op student, has to offer after dedicating four of her work terms to various agencies within the federal public sector.

By: Christie Lo 3267 reads | 0 comments
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