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Dave's Diary: The Best Question You Can Ask

Psychology

"How did you get to be where you are?" It's such a delectable question. I think that's because it's an invitation to tell a story, and we inherently love stories. It's also a tiny risk, as the person so questioned might decline the invitation.

By: David Lindskoog 6065 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Cultivating Imagination & The Distraction of Logic

Dave's Diary

Just think how easy it is for young children to answer the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Most kids won't hesitate to answer, even if their responses seem unrealistic, even impossible to our imaginatively-impaired minds. Not surprisingly, the answer to that question becomes much more evasive as the natural ease and strength of our imagination fades. Is there a way to get it back?

By: David Lindskoog, Career Services Advisor 5354 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Not An Expert, Don't Want To Be

Life Experience

Have a cold? Take this medicine. Feeling sad? Take these pills. Not sure what to do with your life? Find someone to give you the answer. Anything will do, as long as it doesn't involve a significant personal investment of our own time, effort, or mental energy - after all, we've got better things to do.

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 4756 reads | 0 comments
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Brave-Up on the OLC: 5 Things to Tell Yourself Everyday

positive self talk

Every day presents you with numerous opportunities to learn and improve yourself. Here are 5 tips to maximize every moment of your day to live your life to the fullest.

By: jhyeh 3307 reads | 0 comments
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Brave-Up on the OLC: No Dream is Easy

dream

Do you dream about what your future life or career will look like? Are you scared that people will laugh at these dreams? Hear what Jason has to say about this and his advice on making your dreams happen.

By: jhyeh 3357 reads | 0 comments
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Brave-Up on the OLC: Fail First, Succeed Later

perseverance

Are you scared of failing, whether it's applying for a school or job? Here are 3 things you should know about failures to help you succeed in life.

By: jhyeh 4160 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Game of Thrones Goes To University

Life Experience

What would the characters in A Game of Thrones major in, if they went to a modern day university? I focused on the characters that I found most interesting or noteworthy in my reading of the series - you might have some of your own favourites that I don't get to - I invite you to join in with your own opinions!

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 5154 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Imagination as a Career Skill

Life Experience

Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that we have the capacity to ​imagine​? What is it that gives me this ability to picture what my future might be like, or for artists to create and portray entire fantastical mental worlds, or for children to spend countless joyful hours pretending to be something or someone else? And what benefit can imagination have on our careers?

By: David Lindskoog, Career Services Advisor 6305 reads | 0 comments
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Brave-Up on the OLC: Self-Reflection As A Source of Transforming Your Life

Life Experience

Self-reflection is all about learning and understanding YOU. Next time you catch yourself daydreaming or find yourself in front of the mirror, ask yourself these questions to transform your life for the better.

By: jhyeh 3615 reads | 0 comments
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The Wisdom of Oprah

advice

"I was never given any advice. I had to figure it out for myself. But my best advice is to let your passion lead your purpose." - Solid advice from Oprah Whinfrey, and a subject worth considering when following your own passion.

By: Elizabeth Moffat 6750 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Student Experience Surpasses Expectations

Career Exploration

In Spring 2011, Diana Chan was hired at BCcampus as a Professional Learning and Communications Assistant, learn more about how her work experience has helped to confirm her interests and career plans.

By: Diana Chan 4977 reads | 0 comments
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Danielle's International Co-op Journey: Hope Found in Haiti

International

Danielle Jeong's trip to Haiti was a self-exploring and life-changing journey. Read about her work at a local clinic and how this experience challenged herself in ways she did not think was possible, while discovering she is and finding a purpose for her studies at SFU.

By: Danielle Jeong 7843 reads | 0 comments
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Yat’s Hong Kong Adventure: Experiences to Embrace Working Internationally - Expose Yourself

Workplace Transition

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in Hong Kong? Yat Li shares with us in this 3-part series on his experience adapting to new cultural and professional norms and standards. Read about how he faced and overcame these challenges for a successful international co-op placement.

By: yatli 7784 reads | 0 comments
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A Once-in-a-lifetime Experience in Ghana: Interning with Projects Abroad

International Co-op

In Summer 2010, Cici Chenliu, a Kinesiology student, went to Ghana with Projects Abroad for a month to work as an intern at a local hospital. Check out her life changing experience working in the ward and exploring the beautiful cities of Ghana.

By: Cici Chenliu 11278 reads | 0 comments
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Movin’ on Up: How to Accelerate Your Climb Up the Corporate Ladder (Part 2)

Co-operative Education

Is career advancement on your mind? Whether you are a current student, a recent grad, or have been in the workforce for a couple of years, for many of us, improving our position never seems far from our minds. Read on to find out about how you can move up the corporate ladder as a student.

By: Elise Elliot 5519 reads | 0 comments
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Movin’ on Up: How to Accelerate Your Climb Up the Corporate Ladder (Part 1)

Co-operative Education

Is career advancement on your mind? Whether you are a current student, a recent grad, or have been in the workforce for a couple of years, for many of us, improving our position never seems far from our minds. Read on to find out about how you can move up the corporate ladder as a student.

By: Elise Elliot 5701 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Feeling Stuck? Put A Halt On It!

Tips

You know the feeling of being stuck. Whether in your personal, interpersonal, professional, or any other life, the sense of having fallen out of the groove is always similarly and markedly unpleasant. You're spinning your tires, expending lots of effort with seemingly no forward motion to thank for it. So how do you get out of this funk? Here's a simple strategy for getting "unstuck"

By: David Lindskoog 4834 reads | 0 comments
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Yat’s Hong Kong Adventure: Experiences to Embrace Working Internationally - Challenge Yourself

Culture

Ever wondered what it would be like to work in Hong Kong? Yat Li shares with us in the last installment of his 3-part series on his experience challenging himself, adapting to cultural differences, norms and work environments as well as overcoming mistakes.

By: yatli 6215 reads | 0 comments
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Serena's Winter Co-op Adventure: Working at Iron Ore Company in Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Wondering what it's like to work in HR and in Newfoundland? Read on to learn more about Serena's winter adventure and experience adapting to a new culture, environment and life away from home!

By: Serena Li 9293 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: You're Not An Introvert (And You're Not An Extrovert Either)

Personality Type

When it comes to personality, typology seems an intuitive fit. We like to think of ourselves as defined by neat and tidy categories, like introversion and extroversion. But, while there's definite value in having insight about your own and others' personality, our obsession with putting people into boxes can lead to unhelpful assumptions.

By: David Lindskoog 6987 reads | 0 comments