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Changemakers: How Much Impact Can You Actually Have as a Co-op Student?

Co-operative Education

The climate is changing, global health is threatened, injustices are prevalent, and you want to do something about it. Well, how much impact can you actually have as a co-op student? Here’s what Brennan found out during his work term at the BC Council for International Cooperation.

By: Brennan Strandberg-Salmon 478 reads | 0 comments
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Advice on Adulting your Co-op Term

Life Balance

Working a new 9-to-5 can come with a pretty steep learning curve, especially if you hold on to your university-student habits. In his article, Gryfin tells us his tips for adjusting to his co-op placement (and adulthood). 

By: Grifyn McErlean 564 reads | 0 comments
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Just Trying It, Strength, and Balance: The Biggest Lessons From My 1st Co-op Term

Co-op

Your first Co-op work term comes with a lot of valuable lessons and take-aways that stick with you throughout your professional career. For Emily, these lessons include just doing it, finding your strengths and striking a work-life balance. Read on to learn more.

By: Emily Lam 539 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Balance: My Experience as a Full-time Co-op and Varsity Athlete

Co-op

Does working 40 hours a week seem tiring? Try adding 15 to 18 hours of strenuous running, weightlifting, stretching and physiotherapy. Carlos takes you through his journey as a varsity track athlete while completing an eight-month co-op with Streamline Athletes. 

By: Louis-Carlos Vargas Rocheleau 105 reads | 0 comments
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Over-Communication is JUST Communication!

Co-op Reflections

Communication skills are more than spelling and grammar structure. As per Alyanna's supervisor, "Communication is a strategy action to receive what you expect to accomplish.” Read on to learn more about how she develops a different perspective of what communication is about from her co-op experience.

By: Alyanna Salang 86 reads | 0 comments
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The Most Important Trait to Get You Hired

Business

Robert's boss shared a key lesson with him about an essential trait that can get one hired. What is that trait and how can you develop it? Read on to learn more from Robert.

By: Robert Tanra 87 reads | 0 comments
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How I Brought My Office to My Home

Applied Sciences

It was confusing figuring out how to work from home on a short notice back in March 2020. Since then, Terry has been learning and reflecting on what really makes a home office productive and what is needed to keep it a friendly and productive enviornment. Read on to learn more about his insights.

By: Terry Zhu 546 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Light at the End of the Co-op Tunnel: Dealing with Co-op Failures and Expectations in the 2020 Pandemic

Co-operative Education

Finding a co-op placement can be quite stressful, but if you stick with it you might just find your dream position. Read John’s article on persevering through a difficult job search and making the most of a co-op placement.

By: John Luu 399 reads | 0 comments
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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude: How I Found Value in All of My Internships

Co-op Reflections

How you carry yourself in your working environment will determine your growth, achievements, and what kind of work environment you engage in. Read more about how Tiffany realized what she has made out of her experience is what ultimately defined her workplace.

By: Tiffany Ren 418 reads | 0 comments
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What Has Worked So Far With Remote Working

Working Remotely

 Remote working is no longer only the future of working but a current-day reality. Matthew provides three of his tips and tricks that have worked for him when working remotely with Student Recruitment and Admissions at SFU.

By: Matthew Trung 192 reads | 0 comments
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Working with Weebly One Day and WordPress the Next

Co-operative Education

Things move fast in a Co-op. One day you could be working with your favorite application, completely comfortable, and the next, you'll be tasked with learning an entirely new application. This is what happened to Vanessa in her Co-op, and here's how her first placement went, as well as her favorite things about both Wordpress and Weebly - two applications you may also find yourself using in a Communication Co-op.

By: Vanessa Clarke 702 reads | 0 comments
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Planning Death in the Era of COVID-19

Co-op

Like any other person, we have all thought about death at least once in our lives. Join Paneet in this honest conversation about end-of-life issues and what to do when such a tragic but inevitable discussion arises amongst loved ones. In this article, Paneet provides helpful advice and carefully selected resources to ease in to the conversation and to help prepare for the unpredictability of life.

By: Paneet Gill 495 reads | 0 comments
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Four Leadership Lessons That Are Critical to Your Co-op Success

Co-op

Follow Gabriel on a journey of self-reflection as he shares with us some of the lessons he's learnt while on a Co-op term at Tranction on Demand.

By: Gabriel Lim 479 reads | 0 comments
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Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting my Marketing Communication Co-op

Communication

In this article, James details a few things he wishes he knew when he was starting out in his Marketing Communication Co-op placement. Read more to find out what James' top tips for rocking a co-op as a first-timer are. 

By: James Conn 610 reads | 0 comments
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How to Make the Most of a Remote Internship

IBM Canada

Tiffany was pretty sure her out-of-town co-op term with IBM was going to mean she would move to Toronto. But then the pandemic changed everything and Tiffany saw her design internship being turned into a remote experience. While her work term didn't end up being what she had expected, her time at IBM has been incredibly rewarding. Read on to learn more about how she made the most of her remote internship.

By: Tiffany Chan 701 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for the Silver Linings While Working During the Pandemic

Co-op

Being able to keep an optimistic outlook and was the key skill Sandy discovered that would help her weather the changes the pandemic brought earlier this year. As a research assistant promoting physical activity and social connectedness among seniors in BC, she had to figure out how to switch tracks quickly and easily without loosing sight of her team's objectives. Read on to learn how she found the silver linings to her new remote working situation. 

By: Sandy Lau 376 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Your Fit Among Thousands in an Organization

Management Information Systems (MIS)

Working for a large, well-known organization can be both exciting and intimidating. It can raise questions about how you can stand out and forge a unique path, while fitting into the work culture. Jenny shares her top three insights during her work term at RBC as a Business Analyst on their Strategic Initiatives and Change Management.

By: Jenny Lian 388 reads | 0 comments
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Lessons from My First Work Term in the Civil Service… During a Global Pandemic

Co-op Reflections

Thinking about working remotely for your next co-op term? Maja Lampa, a Political Science student, describes her experience adapting to remote work during her first season with the Federal Government and how she found meaningful work in uncertain times. 

By: Maja Kristine Lampa 512 reads | 0 comments
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Alumni Spotlight: Oscar Wong

Communique

After applying to 50 jobs and going out to 12 interviews, Oscar Wong wasn’t sure he was going to land his first Co-op. Finally, on the last day of the semester, Oscar was hired at a health tech start-up for a digital marketing role and he has never looked back. Now, as a Communication alumnus working as an Internal Communications and Design Specialist at Electronic Arts, Oscar is happy to share more on how he navigated from Co-op to career. 

By: admin 573 reads | 0 comments
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4 Things No One Will Tell You in a Co-op Term

Communication, Art and Technology

Co-op is a great learning space for young adults to navigate how to transition from student to work life. After successfully completing a year of co-op education, and with a job lined up after graduation, here is what Katheryna has learned that she will gladly carry over to her professional career.

By: Katheryna Khong 1323 reads | 0 comments
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An Interview with Taylor Gillis, a Varsity Co-op Alumna

Science

It's no easy feat being able to stand out from the crowd when job-seeking after graduating. For Taylor, her unique SFU background comes from her combined SFU Athlete and Co-op work experience. Read on to learn more about why she recommends fellow athletes to join the Co-op program.

By: Seerit Hara 380 reads | 0 comments
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WildBrain Co-op Award Kick-Starts 30 SFU Student Careers

OLC Blog

Naomi Chao never thought it would be possible to intern at tech giants Microsoft, Adobe and SAP before she even graduated. It was the WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) Co-op Award that made this possible. Read more to learn about how this award is changing Co-op students' lives.

By: admin 2265 reads | 0 comments
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(Baby) Stepping Into the Real World: How to Implement Overused Clichés into Your Plan to Kill it on a Work Term

Communication, Art and Technology

"Okay, so you land a Co-op position after sending out what feels like millions of resumes and sweating through multiple carefully curated interview outfits. The hard part is over! Or is it?" Read Emily's piece on how accurate clichés can be, and how to use them to your advantage when entering the workforce.

By: Emily Prosperi-Porta 1132 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing SFU Beyond the Classroom

Communique

Classes only make up half of the university experience; the rest is what you make of it.” Join Emily as she depicts her experience outside of the classroom with co-op, study abroad, and semester in dialogue.

By: Emily Sweeney 2191 reads | 0 comments
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A Guide to Becoming Successful in the Accounting Field

Top Tip Lists

A year ago, Yuchen was a full-time student without any work experience. After a long time, she landed my first Co-op position. Here are Yuchen's 5 tips for transitioning from being a student to working in the field as an accountant.

By: Yuchen Ni 1185 reads | 0 comments
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What is It Like to Work at Your Own School?

Co-op

A lot of Oliver's friends and classmates would talk about wanting to travel away and work in new and novel places. Oliver didn't feel the same way. In this blog post, he shares his reasoning for staying at SFU and why he always wanted to work where he studied.

By: Oliver Taw 897 reads | 0 comments
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Breaking Through Preconceived Assumptions

Business

Deciding which Co-op opportunity to select can be challenging when there’s so many possibilities with different industries. Christina shares what it's like to work in an unexpecting industry and how she learned to pick up new experiences while learning on the job and integrating herself within the workplace.  

By: Christina Lei 1228 reads | 0 comments
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Practicing Resilience during the Pandemic

Working Remotely

Sarah, the only design and marketing coordinator at her workplace, found herself in a tough spot when she had to shift to working from home. Here's what she learned on her journey to becoming resilient and adaptable while transitioning. 

By: Sarah Kim 859 reads | 0 comments
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What to Expect while Seeking your First Co-op: An Interview with 3 Co-op Students

Co-operative Education

Saraan interviews Co-op students, So Hyun Park, Roop Gill, and Haoyang Zhang about what it was like applying and seeking for their first co-op work term. They share the challenges they faced during their seeking semesters and their advice for other fellow students who are pursuing their first co-ops. 

By: Saraan Jiwani 882 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Managing Multiple Roles in One Co-op Term

Communication, Art and Technology

The field of communications is very broad, and as a result, you may be asked to manage multiple roles in your Co-op position. In this article Abhinav will take you through the lessons he has learned and his greatest tips for managing a multifaceted position.

By: Abhinav Menon 777 reads | 0 comments
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