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An Inspiring Co-op Experience

Co-op

There was a point in my degree when I started to question whether I had chosen the right path. Is this the career I want to spend the rest of my life in? Are these the people I want to surround myself with day-in and day-out? Find out how co-op answered these questions.  

By: Ashly Hill 1868 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

French

International Co-op positions provide the opportunity to discover the world while developing professional skills and contacts. But there’s a conundrum: all work and no play or no work and all play?

By: Mallory Wyant 8006 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Co-operative Education

Read about how my co-op experience as a Child Life Specialist at Western Society for Children led me to see the ability within disability, and realize that anyone has the power to make a difference!

By: Emily Fukuhara 6486 reads | 0 comments
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Embrace the Unexpected: My Co-op with Fraser Health Authority

Co-operative Education

There are very few people who get to see the inside of a hospital morgue. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me it was a golden opportunity. Read to find out how my curiosity led me to places I hadn’t imagined and taught me the importance of embracing the unexpected.

By: Sophia Gaba 5366 reads | 0 comments
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An Experience Learning with Kids with Special Needs

Co-operative Education

Saba did her very first co-op work term at the Mediated Learning Academy. In this post, she shares her experiences working with children between the ages of 6 to 9 with special needs and the things she learned with them along the way.  

By: Saba Yassemi 1358 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Ontario: My Co-op at BlackBerry

Co-op Reflections

Living in a new city while taking on a new job serves as both a challenge and reward. In this blog post, I share the rewarding experiences I’ve had during my co-op in Ontario and explain why doing co-op outside of BC is worth it. 

By: Nathan Lee 7365 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

Personal Development

Communication and interaction are fundamental parts of everyday life and a person’s ability to communicate and interact has a major impact on their well-being, happiness, and success. In this post, Akanksha shares her own experiences at the intersection of culture and communication.

By: Akanksha Thakur 9469 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Laurie Dawkins

Communique

Like a modern day Goldilocks, Laurie Dawkins, a Communication Co-op alumna, spent many years trying out various roles to find the one that was just right. Now, as an award-winning, senior communications professional, Laurie shared how her experience with SFU Co-op shaped how she approached her career.

By: Pauline Leoncio 11345 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Culture in Catalonia, Spain: Expectation Versus Reality

Programa Ac

Going to Spain for co-op, I felt I would be immersed in a single culture. Read on to discover how this opportunity allowed me to develop a more intricate understanding of culture, communities, and families and to build lifelong friendships and family-like relationships across linguistic and cultural barriers.

By: Nyssa Lessingham 1875 reads | 0 comments
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My Racing Readers Journey

Community Engagement

In the short amount of time I volunteered with Racing Readers, I learned a lot about myself. I also realized how much of an influence I could potentially have on others, which pushed me to be even better. This is my journey with the Racing Readers program.  

By: Daljinder Kaler 3024 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Vlog: Day in the Life of Jao Dantes

Co-operative Education

In this Vlog, SFU Communication Co-op student Jao Dantes explains his typical work day working for Simon Fraser University. 

 

By: Jao Dantes 9944 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Co-op no Rush

It has been six long years since I started at SFU, switching majors three times along the way. With such a convoluted path, it’s no surprise that life after school began to fall out of context. Thankfully, a well-timed co-op opportunity allowed me to refocus my life and reverse my dwindling academic attitude. 

By: Brett Erickson 7899 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Life Experience

Congratulations, your work term has been extended! Now what? As routine sets in and one gets comfortable, the initial vigor for success in a work term starts to fade. In this article, Charmaine shares practical tips to stay motivated and make the most of the extension.

By: Charmaine Wu 11519 reads | 0 comments
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5 Healthy Habits to Combat the 9-5 Office Life

healthy habits

During his co-op job, William realized that he needed to build healthy life-long habits for his long career ahead. Below is a short list of small things he does combat body deterioration for the 9 to 5 office-life.

By: William Soemargo 13308 reads | 0 comments
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Where Are They Now? Profile: Eric Cai

ENGAGE

SFU alumnus, Eric Cai provides his insights and reflections of the journey to work after graduation, discussing challenges faced and goals reached along the way.

By: Eric Cai 10151 reads | 0 comments
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Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Personal Development

Remember the flood of emails you ignored as a student? Well, turning a blind eye doesn't fly in the office place. Miranda shares useful tips on how to avoid being overwhelmed by reading and deleting!

By: Miranda Lindsay 7050 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tips to Balance Co-op and School

Top Tip Lists

We millennials aren't lazy! We actually want it all– good grades, a life and experience to get us job market ready. Although those things seem mutually exclusive, Aninditha shares tips on successfully juggling a part-time co-op and school.

By: Aninditha Kamaruddin 11689 reads | 0 comments
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3 Reasons Why There's No Rush to Finish Your Degree

graduation

Matthew enters his fourth year with a newfound perspective on graduation. His time working for SFU Career and Volunteer Services has taught him that when it comes to education, there should be no rush. Here, he shares his top 3 reasons why!

By: Matthew Furtado 14384 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Career Journey Stories: Deborah L. Smith

School for Contemporary Arts

"The road has been a long one and filled with many stops and starts. I would say never be afraid of having to do things over and over again because failure is not weakness or "bad". It's a way to know how to move forward." 

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Engaging the World After Co-op

Volunteering

After graduation, Melissa took a different path than most. Taking SFU's message of engaging the worlkd quite literally, she quit her jobs to volunteer in Cambodia for six months to see where life would lead her.

By: Melissa Chungfat 9061 reads | 0 comments