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Co-op Reflection: A Summer at CBC

OLC Blog

As Mack's internship comes to an end, he reflects on his journey into journalism through CBC's Peter Gzowski Internship program. 

By: Mack Stannard 13082 reads | 0 comments
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How I Left My Comfort Zone and Realized Self Growth

Business

Being shy and not much of a risk-taker, I was shocked at having been asked to interview people. Read on to find out how my co-op with Beedie School of Business helped me step outside my comfort zone and gain a newfound confidence. 

By: Christopher Penner 10543 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Balance Between Work and Life During an International Co-op

Linguistics

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 10804 reads | 0 comments
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Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Co-op Reflections

Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let me help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

By: Jaclyn Marshall 10871 reads | 0 comments
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A Humbling First Experience

Special Education Assistant

Heart racing, sweat forming across the forehead, nervous beyond belief. It is the first day of school, and all the same feelings are flooding back. Except this time, I’m attending school as a co-op student on my first work term at Mediated Learning Academy.

By: Andrew Ku 3624 reads | 0 comments
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The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Sports

Professional Sports

If you’re considering a job in sports for your co-op term and, like Justine, you skipped gym in high school to go read in the library, this article is for you.

By: Justine Nadia 12063 reads | 0 comments
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Making a Difference: My Co-op Experience as a Child Life Specialist

Western Society for Children

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 9395 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 8857 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 18882 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Technical Writing Has Changed You

OLC Blog

Whether you come off as a grammar snob or constantly obsess over minor details, it is inevitable that a position in technical writing will leave its mark.

By: Mike Lazar 17036 reads | 0 comments
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The Way You See The World: Culture and Communication

International

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 12503 reads | 0 comments
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Perspective is Everything: Experiences from Training My Replacement

Co-operative Education

What happens when you are responsible for training your successor at your co-op job? What about when you are responsible for training your successor knowing that you’ll be returning to the same job the following summer and that their job performance will directly impact you? In this blog post, I share my experiences training my replacement and how this taught me the importance of perspective. 

By: Garrett Hughes 12040 reads | 0 comments
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The Long Way Around: How Co-op Made My Academic Detour Worthwhile

Engineering

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 10667 reads | 0 comments
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Experience: Turning a Good Therapist Into a Great Therapist

Active Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

In a clinic, like many businesses, personal-relational experience can turn a good therapist into a great one. Practicing excellent technique and skill is often not enough. It is by establishing rapport through strong communication and genuine concern about a patient’s well-being where one becomes a great therapist. 

By: Brendan Wong 12049 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed as a Social Media Coordinator

Communique

Imagine you get paid to create multiple *twooshes* a day, curate funny gifs, browse Instagram, post awesome pictures and share on Facebook. Yes, being a Social Media Coordinator is very fun, but one must not neglect these four important points to be one.

By: Jessica Christina Hardi 15212 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Abilities with Developmental Disabilities Association

Diversity & Inclusion

Since applying to the Kinesiology program at SFU, I knew one day I wanted to work as an Occupational Therapist. I spent time volunteering in recreation-based work, but when it came time to apply for a co-op, I decided to expand into the realm of teaching life skills.

By: Lois Lee 12307 reads | 0 comments
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Health Sciences Degree Opens Doors to World Travel

Doctors Without Borders

What do you do with a BA in Health Sciences focusing on global health? For Lauren Shandley, this has meant combining her technical expertise and love of travel to better the lives of others around the globe.   

By: Diane Luckow 10030 reads | 0 comments
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The Cover Letter Blind Date

recruiter

We’ve all been there, wanting to impress our cute blind date -- feeling great in the moments when the conversation flows – and not so much in the moments when it stalls out.

By: Angela Kim 26363 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated During An Extended Work Term

Workplace Success

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 20145 reads | 0 comments
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Those 106 Unread Messages Aren't Going Anywhere

Communication, Art and Technology

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 12855 reads | 0 comments