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Exiting my Comfort Zone While Entering a Global Business Team

Co-op Reflections

Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out of our comfort zone when it's time to transition, grow, and transform. Anna shares her story and reassures that despite the process being difficult at the beginning, it's worthy of gained skills and self-confidence.

By: Anna Khomich 264 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on a New Kind of Uncertainty: a Note of Encouragement to Fellow Co-op Students

Co-operative Education

"Losing your job in a pandemic is of no individual fault. COVID-19 has been one heck of a less-than-gentle reminder that each and every one of us has a stake in what sort of collective future it is that we shape through and after this difficult time. And that, is hopeful." - Read Sicellia’s reflection on the situation with our future and the future of a job market affected by the pandemic.

By: Sicellia Tsui 537 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op During the Pandemic: Navigating Science and Uncertainty

Co-op

Read Thuy's story and learn about what you might find yourself doing as a Communication Co-op student working in a STEM organization during the global pandemic.

By: Thuy Tran 391 reads | 0 comments
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Working for an Essential Service During a Global Pandemic

Co-operative Education
"When you work at a non-profit, you will notice one extraordinary and unanimous thing; everyone’s heart is in their work. And during a pandemic, when so many of those we serve are in desperate need, this dedication is clearer than ever." -- Communication Co-op student, Juliette Halliday, highlights working for a non-profit organization as it responds in the face of a pandemic. 
By: Juliette Halliday 953 reads | 0 comments
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Disconnected: Working Remotely from Vietnam

Communication, Art and Technology

Due to the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19, many students are struggling to adapt to their new work environment. Thuy An continues her story of how COVID-19 has impacted her life, and how she adapted to working remotely in another country. Read on to find out more about Thuy An’s remote work journey.  

By: Thuy An Lam 357 reads | 0 comments
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How the Pandemic Turned my Life Upside Down: One Co-op Student’s Story

Co-op Reflections

The impact of the coronavirus has been felt by everyone across the country but how has the experience been for coop students? Thuy An shares her story on how through proactive thinking from loved ones and support from co-op coordinators and supervisors, she was able to book a flight home to join her family while making the necessary arrangement to work remotely.

By: Thuy An Lam 853 reads | 0 comments
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Working Remotely in a New Job in a New City During COVID-19

Workplace Transition

Two short months into April's co-op position in Toronto, the pandemic hit. Would she choose to make the same decision of moving out of town for her co-op term given a second chance? Read more to find how she transitioned to remote working, and what lessons she gained through her experience working from home, away from home. 

By: April Zhang 379 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience During an Ongoing Pandemic

COVID-19

This was my second co-op semester and it started off similar to my first, but little did I know that this work term would be completely different. Having already had experience in an office environment, things went smoothly as I picked up my work tasks in stride. The first couple of months on the job flew by compared to what was to come. 

By: Ethan Malcom 502 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Co-op

Co-operative Education

Thinking about doing a co-op term but not sure how to have a successful experience? Starting a co-op term for the first time can be daunting. Here are a few tips to make the best out of your co-op opportunity. 

By: Cooper White 181 reads | 0 comments
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Your Health Matters In The Workplace

Business

Mental health is integral to your growth in the workplace; which Elvina expands upon in her unique and enlightening experience as a Marketing & Outreach Assistant with SFU Health & Counselling Service. Read on to find out how it is important to look after your well-being while being motivated and productive in your workplace.

By: Elvina Prasad 561 reads | 0 comments
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Career Guidance For Rookies: A Q & A with a Coop Student

Personal Development

How would you explain co-op to high school students or how would you explain your journey to discover your career path? While a co-op student, Julie was asked to participate as a panelist for high school students visiting Teck Resource Limited.  She shares her experience as a panelist and co-op advocate in this Q & A summary. 

By: Julie Nguyen 309 reads | 0 comments
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How to “Buckle up your Elbows” and Thrive at your Co-op: Tips from an Israeli in her First Co-op

Co-op

"There's a phrase in Israel, "buckle up your elbows" which means that it's time to hustle. This is exactly what brought me to the place where I'm writing to you right now." -- read Kim's story and learn how you can achieve anything with enough courage and motivation.

By: Kim Bassan 930 reads | 0 comments
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Take Initiative & Leave Your Mark: Insight Into Working In A Multidisciplinary Medical Clinic.

Personal Development

Make an impact by breaking ground with new ideas and spearheading new proposals. Taking Initiative can have a long-lasting impact on one’s career. Read about how I jumped out of my comfort zone and directed the start of the Active Rehabilitation program in a multidisciplinary medical clinic.

By: Daniel Salazar Giraldo 552 reads | 0 comments
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A Step in the Right Direction – How I Thrived in a Data-driven Marketing Culture

Event Summaries

"I walked in excited (and of course, nervous) for the first day of my co-op term at Allocadia. Fast forward to eight months later, I can say, with every inch of confidence in my body, that I have never felt more accomplished, more confident, and more resourceful". Read Sharan's story to see how he developed his career in a data-driven marketing industry. 

By: Sharan Janjikhel 382 reads | 0 comments
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What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

International Co-op

Earning a co-op internship, especially internationally, can be tough but once you earn the opportunity it can be a wonderful learning experience. Nikita was accepted for a UX design internship in Amsterdam and faced some unforeseeable challenges. Read on to find out some of the key lessons that Nikita took away from her experience.

By: Nikita Tauro 315 reads | 0 comments
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How To Work With Developers (For Designers)

Visier

Worried about succeeding in the workplace as a designer and developer? Especially an intense and speedy one? Read on to discover Macguire tips has picked up while working at Visier, an analytics platform.  

By: Macguire Rintoul 249 reads | 0 comments
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How to Manage Multiple Projects During Your Co-op

Working Students

While many skills transfer from the academic to the work world, last-minute submissions and all-nighters simply won’t cut it at top-notch companies. Marina condenses all her experience in her co-op assignments with some valuable tips on efficient project management.

By: Marina Dratwa 215 reads | 0 comments
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To Graduate or Not to Graduate?

Co-operative Education

What happens when you are six courses away from graduation but unsure of what to do after? Aleisha reflects on her rationale for extending her degree to do some soul searching and professional development before embarking on her next big adventure, post grad life.

By: Aleisha Fernandes 319 reads | 0 comments
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Think You Know Where You Want To Work? Think Again.

Co-op Reflections

Convinced that you need to work at a large company for the ultimate experience?  Think again! Darren emphasizes why choosing a small or  mid-sized firm will add more variety and substance to your co-op experience.

By: Darren Sin 216 reads | 0 comments
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My Long Journey Through Computing Science

Field trip

Paul takes us on his journey as a Software Systems student and how a field trip helped to inspire him to greater heights eventually, helping him to land his dream job. His journey highlights the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity given to us as students.

By: Paul Madeya 274 reads | 0 comments
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Do, Learn, and Grow: Valuable Lessons from Company Values

Working Students

"Learn. As students, we hear this word a lot in school, but what does that really mean in the working environment?"-Read on as Travia delves into her personal experience of growth in the workplace.

By: Travia Mok 271 reads | 0 comments
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How My Student Club Involvements Scored Me My First Co-op - Recruiter Perspective

Co-op

Joining a student club is an excellent way to develop transferrable skills! Olivia shares how her campus involvement not only helped with skill development and securing a co-op position, it eased the transition and helped differentiate Olivia from her peers. In her own words: "If you want to be one step closer to finding your dream co-op, I suggest starting with community involvement!"

By: Olivia Chan 376 reads | 0 comments
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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

Co-op

Are you looking for an International Co-op with a not-for-profit organization? Are you torn between finding a job you like and something that pays well? Are you wondering whether you will be able to gain valuable skills and knowledge from working for a not-for-profit? Continue reading this article for more information about how to look for International co-op opportunities with not-for-profits, funding scares, and takeaways.

By: Gursahib Gill 189 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

Communication Across Culture

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 179 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

Business

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 182 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

Co-op

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

By: Gursahib Gill 214 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse into the Privy Council Office – Part 2 of 2

Professional Development

In part two of this series, Troy Liu gets the chance to attend a meet and greet with the Clerk of the Privy Council and the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Read on to learn what the Clerk had to say on the importance of prioritizing, good judgement, stiving for excellence, and professionallism. 

By: Troy Liu 141 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse Into The Privy Council Office – Part 1 of 2

Privy Council Office

In this first part of the series, Troy Liu sits down with the senior policy asdivsor at the Privy Council Office (PCO) to gain insight on the challenges of the role. Read on to see what adivce the senior policy advisor gives on professional development, and work-life balance.

By: Troy Liu 169 reads | 0 comments
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The Importance Of Coffee Breaks: Friends, Coffee, Fun. All While Working In An Enterprise.

SkyTrain

Coffee breaks provide an opportunity to take your eye away from the screen, gather your thoughts, and the chance to network with colleagues. For a project to be successful, it is vital to be able to work well with others while managing your own work load. Terry explains how coffee breaks can help you build relationships and bonds with colleagues!

By: Terry Zhu 218 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Helped Me Engage With the Community

GSC

Looking to succeed in Co-op while making the most of your experience? Natalia shares the best lessons she has gained her during co-op experience, and explains how to stay on top of your tasks while still enjoying the experience and having fun!

By: Natalia Vinueza Vanegas 211 reads | 0 comments
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