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Co-op India: Brittney's Journey of Career Exploration [Part 2]

International Co-op

Brittney Merryweather, a BPK Co-op student and a Behavioural Neuroscience (BNS) Major, takes us on her journey of career exploration and personal development through her two eye-opening International co-op placements. Read on to find out more about the people, culture and land of India.

By: Brittney Merryweather 11445 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Originality, By Design

Narrative

Standing out - in a good way - is one of the best things you can do in your work search. Given the volume in most job applications these days, giving an employer the impression that you've got something other applicants don't is almost always a good thing. But what DO you have that no one else does?

By: David Lindskoog 5461 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: The F Word - The Key To Confidence

CSI Blog

I was not a confident person in high school. Sure, I did fine in my classes, but most of the time that didn't seem very important. Like most people, I was more worried about how other people perceived me, particularly those mysterious and intimidating members of the opposite gender. Today, I'm a more confident person. When and how did that transformation happen?

By: David Lindskoog 5055 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Australia: Working for YMCA and Health by Design

Melbourne

Wondering what it's like to work on the other side of the hemisphere? Stephanie Hendy shares with us her international co-op experience working as a health and fitness instructor and personal trainer in Australia.

By: Stephanie Hendy 5751 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

personal development

Want to take time off to travel but don't want to delay your graduation date? Why not study abroad? Here are 5 reasons from our OLC writer Pamela on why you should consider studying abroad.                                                                                                                

By: Pamela Shyng 6925 reads | 0 comments
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A Life-changing Co-op Experience in East Borneo

Life Experience

In spring 2011, Indah relocated to East Borneo to work as a translator and tutor. After returning from her trip, she reflects on her life-changing experience and lessons she learned while she was working there.

By: Hayati Indah Putri 7754 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: When You're Wrong, You're Right

CSI Blog

It's not what you say that matters, but how you say it. You could be making something up on the spot, and be totally wrong on whatever it is you're talking about, but if you appear confident in what you're saying, you're more likely to be seen as right.

What exactly is confidence, and how do we get more of it?

By: David Lindskoog 6029 reads | 0 comments
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Work Search Wisdom: From Rejection to Realization

Persistence

With a semester of co-op experience, I figured finding my next work term would be a breeze. After all, now I had relevant office experience to add to all the volunteer and part-time work on my resume. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. So what was I doing wrong?

By: Jennifer Gutzmann 6441 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: The True Cost of Overtime - Fires & Addicts

Life Experience

When it comes to careers, we act like addicts - in spite of clear evidence that working too many hours is damaging us, we continue to do it because of perceived short term reward. It's time for a change.

By: David Lindskoog 4457 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Non-Profit Sector, Part One

non-profit sector

2011 EVENT RECAP: Five panelists came to speak to students about how they ended up with their current profession, life lessons they learned along the way, and addressed the many questions students had about the nature of the non-profit sector. Here are the stories the panelists have to share with you.

By: Sonya Reznitsky 5760 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Non-Profit Sector, Part Two: Addressing the Myths

Life Experience

Part 2 of our recap of the Working in the Non-Profit Sector event that took place on March 30, 2011. After sharing their educational and career experiences, the panelists addressed a variety of myths about the sector. 

By: Sonya Reznitsky 4657 reads | 0 comments
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Working in the Non-Profit Sector Panel: A rewarding career path?

Career Exploration

2010 EVENT RECAP: How do you acquire a successful and rewarding career? For five professionals, it was working for community organizations in the non-profit sector. The non-profit sector gave them the opportunity to contribute their professional skills, experiences and passions to advance their career while making a positive difference in their communities. Recently, they sat down with SFU students and shared their personal stories and journey to their current positions.

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Dave's Diary: Emotions, Content, and Process in Careers

CSI Blog

Emotions are one of the most distinctive, primal, and ubiquitous features of human life. Yet, despite their important role in career development and decision making, they can be one of the most frequently overlooked issues in career advising/counselling. Why?


By: David Lindskoog 4129 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: The Happiness of Subtraction

Life Experience

Money, material possessions, a great job, time, even love... I would argue that adding any of these to your life is not the key to happiness.  No, adding anything is not the way to go. Instead, let's think about subtraction.

By: dlindsko 4024 reads | 0 comments
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New Semester Resolutions

goal setting

If you are like me, you make new semester resolutions at the start of every term. If you are like me, many of these resolutions are lofty, vague, and eventually unfulfilled. By setting SMART goals, can acheiving my goals actually be possible?

By: Tabatha Patterson 7272 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Stubborn or Persistent? A Stark Difference

Persistence

Like most things, persistence is something of a double-edged sword: it can be either a huge strength when applied in a constructive direction, or an outright flaw when clung to too tightly in situations that call for more flexibility. Like Ned Stark's honour, it can earn you respect and carry you to high places, but it can just as quickly get you into serious trouble.

By: dlindsko 4500 reads | 0 comments
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Isabel's Bolivia Adventure: An Irreplaceable International Experience (Part 2)

CIDA

The second installment of Isabel's international co-op adventure working with ICO (Instituto de Capacitacion del Oriente) in Bolivia.                                             

By: Isabel Bodrogi 5450 reads | 0 comments
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Isabel's Bolivia Adventure: An Irreplaceable International Experience (Part 1)

Isabel Bodrogi

Since its launch in 2005, the Students for Development (SFD) program has been supporting Canadian university students' participation in internships in developing countries and emerging economies. Isabel went on the SFD program in Summer 2011 where she worked with ICO (Instituto de Capacitacion del Oriente) in Bolivia.

By: Isabel Bodrogi 5440 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference in Bolivia: Deborah's International Experience

CIDA

Since its launch in 2005, the Students for Development (SFD) program has been supporting Canadian university students' participation in internships in developing countries and emerging economies. Melanie Woo spoke to Deborah about her SFD experience.

By: Deborah Carvalho 6461 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Procrastination Problems? Maybe Not...

Dave's Diary

If you're human, you'll admit to having procrastinated about something. If you're an honest human, you'll admit to having procrastinated about a lot of things. I'll even go out on a limb and say that you've often put some salt in that wound and felt guilty about your procrastination. So what are you going to do about it?

By: dlindsko 6010 reads | 0 comments