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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

Co-operative Education

Have you landed an International Co-op work-term and begun preparing for your semester abroad? Surely, you have done your research and are aware of the cultural differences and nuances between where you are going, and your home country? If you haven’t, have no fear! This article is meant to help you understand the basic tips and tricks to adjust to the cultural differences in your new workplace, making your transition much easier.

By: Gursahib Gill 180 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

self directed co-op

Have you ever considered travelling alone? Does it make your nervous? Well, you are not alone. There are many benefits to travelling alone and what better way to experience another country and culture than through a short-term International Co-op term? Read on to learn some tips & tricks when travelling alone.

By: Gursahib Gill 185 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Things I Learned Working With The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP

The transition from a normal part-time job to a full-time, career-defining position is not always easy. Read on to find out how Hayley faces her challenges as well as providing 5 valuable strategies to make the most of your co-op experience.

By: Hayley Patrus 380 reads | 0 comments
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Dear younger self: Never give away your power.

ENGAGE

Taking steps to prioritize your financial wellness can set you up for better overall wellness.

By: Lily Zhao 1054 reads | 0 comments
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Adventurous Vibes: Your Guide to an Incredible Study Experience in Canada

Personal Development

Are you thinking of studying in Canada? Are you about to arrive or have recently landed? Make the most of your experience with these tips for studying abroad.

By: admin 2087 reads | 0 comments
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Venturing into the Unknown: A Co-op Story in Eastern Canada

Co-operative Education

Venturing out into adulthood can be a challenging experience. At the same time, it can be very eye-opening. For Emily, completing a co-op term in Toronto was the perfect opportunity for independence and adventure. 

By: Emily Cheung 1478 reads | 0 comments
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Exchange Experience: Discovering Myself Through Travelling

Co-op

What does it mean to be alone but not lonely? Grace Chang talks about self-discovery, studying abroad and her adventures in Australia.

By: Grace Chang 1971 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

Communication

To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 4499 reads | 0 comments
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Understanding Each Other is the Fundamental Approach to Making Friends

differences

SFU is a multicultural university, and there are a lot of students here with a variety of cultural backgrounds. Learning something new from others can help us get to know the world, broaden our horizons, and breakdown damaging stereotypes.

By: Mengxi (Catherine) Chen 3145 reads | 0 comments
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How Creating Space for Indigenous Students Benefits You and Me

Communication, Art and Technology

We must acknowledge autonomy for Indigenous Students in an academic setting, we are not in your classes to teach them, and we are not able to speak on behalf of every Indigenous community.

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My Journey Back to the Drum: My Heart Beat and My Soul

Indigenous

When women return to the drum, this is when our nations begin to heal

By: Maddi G 3439 reads | 0 comments
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The Key to Building Resilience: Having Courage in Taking Action for Yourself

Mental Health

As students, trying to balance our sanity while passing our courses, how can we adapt to this fast changing world? Belle shares her thoughts on ideas presented at Building Your Resilience, part of the SFU Public Square 2018 Community Summit - Brave New Work.

By: Belle Villar 3398 reads | 0 comments
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Defeating Stress by Building Resilience

Stress

Student life can be stressful.  Here are tips for building resilience against stress from the SFU Public Square 2018 Community Summit, Brave New Work.

By: Amy Chui 3447 reads | 0 comments
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Feel Like You’re Not Good Enough for Your New Job?

ENGAGE

Starting a new job is stressful, and it can be even harder if you feel like you aren’t good enough at your position. Here are some ways Haley learned to overcome feelings of inadequacy in the workplace.

By: Haley Pihowich 7196 reads | 0 comments
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8 Reasons Why 8 is Better than 4

Communique

Beginning your journey with SFU Co-op can seem daunting at first, especially if you start with an 8-month Co-op but don't be afraid of it! Check out these benefits you'll get from doing an 8-month Co-op rather than 4-months. 

By: Defne Birol 3180 reads | 0 comments
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The Perks of Failure

Failure

We are often told to succeed, but what happens when we fail?  In this blog post, Amy shares her personal story of overcoming failure and how it might not be as terrible as it seems.

By: Amy Chui 5242 reads | 0 comments
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We Deserve More

Life Experience

We deserve more and so do our Indigenous youth. The justification of our suffering needs to stop.

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It’s Okay to Say “No”

Workplace Success

Frankly, I am terrible at saying “no.” Maybe it’s a strong work ethic that has been etched into my existence since I was a child. Maybe it’s not wanting to appear incompetent to the people who could potentially hire me back into a full-time role. Whatever it was, it seemed like my plate was packed to the brim. 

By: Ryan Lee 3264 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Co-op

Bouncing back from hurdles and setbacks is an important part of career building. Environmental Science student, Ria Yao shares how she developed resilience and patience in the face of rejection.

By: Ria Yao 2258 reads | 0 comments
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Want to Work in Design? Here are Five Things to Consider Before you do

Communication

For a lot of us who are natural creatives, what more of a dream would it be to do what we love? Working in design might seem like the best of both worlds, but the reality of combining work and play isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

By: Chantelle Lui 3433 reads | 0 comments