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Getting Through the First Month of your Co-op

Co-operative Education

Getting Through the First Month of Your Co-op: How do you prepare for a new work term? And how do you survive the first month in a new co-op position? Business Major Anca Zgreaban shares five tips for easing smoothly from a study semester into a working term.

By: Anca Zgreaban 442 reads | 0 comments
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3 Steps for Cultivating Leadership on your Resume

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The term leadership has become a buzzword when describing one’s abilities and skillsets, but leadership is an imperative skill that can give you a competitive edge. Matthew offers three ways to convey this skill to employers when looking for work. 

By: Matthew Furtado 13207 reads | 0 comments
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How to Be Taken Seriously In a Professional Environment When You Look Like a Child

Co-operative Education

Going into your new Co-op position, the last thing you want to hear is, “Are you even old enough to be working.”  For many, it can be a challenge to be taken seriously when you look like you could be sixteen. How do you get the point across that you’re a capable professional with a lot to offer the organization you’re working with? Natasha has you covered with her advice in maintaining your professional demeanor without compromising your youthfulness.

By: Natasha Kothary 5752 reads | 0 comments
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Quick Guide to Staying Fashionable in the Office

Communique

Working in an office doesn't necessarily mean that your fashion choices will be narrowed down to a monocromatic palette and clothes that make you seem significantly older than you actually are. Be creative with patterns, try a new hair style, maybe even bring back a vintage look. Harlene has you covered for all your workplace fashion needs with her quick guide on how to look great while still looking professional in the workplace.

By: Harlene Trias 11150 reads | 0 comments
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The Interview Basics: 5 Simple Steps to Help You Prepare

Interviews

Job interviews can be nerve-racking but with planning and preparation anyone can master the basic steps for interview success. Here are five tips to help you get ready. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 13185 reads | 0 comments
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7 Ways Internships are Like All You Can Eat Buffets

Professional Development

Working in many different Co-op positions can be analogous with sampling everything at an all you can eat buffet. You see some things that really catch your eye, and some things you know you absolutely won’t like. But the fact of the matter is, you probably won’t know exactly what every single dish will taste like until you opt in to trying it. With Co-op, it’s much the same – you probably have an idea of what you want to do, but trying something entirely new might surprise you and pique your interest for future career options.

By: Andrea Ton 5525 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Office: 3 ways to ease the transition from student to staff at SFU

Communication, Art and Technology

So you’ve just landed your Co-op position at SFU. You’re excited, and eager to get going – but somewhere along the way, you might notice that working at your home school and studying there can be an entirely different experience. Sally Arang shares her tips on how to make the transition from a student to an employee of SFU as seamlessly as possible. 

By: Sally Arang 3850 reads | 0 comments
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5 Tips on Expanding your Responsibilities and Taking Initiative on Your Work Term

Co-op Reflections

During her second co-op work term, Emily learned many ways to take on a larger workload and add new skills to her resume. Here are five tips to take initiative in the work place in order to better both your own and your employers' experience. Taking on new and different tasks at work can improve your team productivity, increase what you take away from the term, impress your supervisor, and make your days go by more quickly. 

By: Emily Byam 6307 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

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A long bus or plane ride is associated with awkward social situations, a lack of food options, the weird tiny bathroom in the back, and of course, trying not to become mind-numbingly bored.  I’ve investigated past personal experiences to build a survival guide to avoid the long-distance travel blues.

By: Daniel Frolick 16896 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing Whether to Extend Your Co-op Placement? 6 Tips to Help You Make the Decision

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A couple months into your Co-op placement and your manager comes up to you and asks you to stay and work with them for another semester? What do you do? If you’re having a hard time deciding, Michelle Raine is here to offer her six tips in helping you decide whether or not to take that extension.

By: Michelle Raine 4910 reads | 0 comments
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Getting the Most Out of Your Work Term: Nine Tips for Success

Co-op Reflections

Jordan began his co-op at TELUS with a limited skillset and a lack of experience. Eight months later, he left TELUS with more than he could have imagined. In this blog post, he shares nine tips that helped him find success during his work term. 

By: Jordan Eng 13865 reads | 0 comments
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5 Important Lessons I Learned From My First Co-op

Science

Nervous about your first co-op job? Don’t be! These five tips will help prepare you for success and boost your confidence levels in no time. Keep calm & read on!

By: Ellen Lu 7922 reads | 0 comments
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10 Tips for Working with Seniors

Co-op Reflections

For some, seniors can be intimidating and difficult to work with. However, after working as a Student Kinesiologist with 6-8 different clients on a daily basis, I have compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks to help anyone working with seniors in any context, not just kinesiology.  

By: Matthew Butt 15348 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

Co-operative Education

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I share my experiences and lessons learned from when I lived and worked in the heart of Bavaria, Germany at the adidas Group global headquarters.

By: Gary Li 5875 reads | 0 comments
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Stop Worrying and Start Living: Using Uncertainties to Discover Yourself

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Take a deep breath. Look around you. Everyone has uncertainties! However, embracing your uncomfortable and uncertain situation is the first step to discovering yourself.  

By: Richard Han 5734 reads | 0 comments
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Back Pain Myth Busters and Spine Hygiene

Co-operative Education

Do you do sit-ups and crunches to to either get or maintain that six-pack? This article sheds light on why learned habits such as this are detrimental for your back health. In addition, I discuss “Spine Hygiene”, which refers to the daily maintenance of the spine as necessary to prevent back issues.  

By: Karen Gitau 12660 reads | 0 comments
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Defogging the Future: 10 Anxiety-Lowering and Empowering Resources for the “Lost” Student

Professional Associations and Clubs

Almost all of us have experienced those all-encompassing feelings of fear, dread, and confusion that so often go hand-in-hand with moving through life and figuring out what it is you want to do. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent anxiety from taking control. Check out this list of on-campus and online resources to find something that works for you!

By: Teghan Mcdonald 15622 reads | 0 comments
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My Transition to Toronto: A Guide for Students Going Away for Co-op

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Planning upfront saves you from last minute hustles. This article will prepare you for co-op in a city outside Vancouver where new opportunities and variable threats are waiting.

By: Akbar Samani 6455 reads | 0 comments
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The Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

Life Experience

Another new year means another new semester! From buying an old fashioned agenda to letting your employer know your schedule, keep yourself on track with our semester survival guide. 

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How to Capitalize on the Capital: My Insight into Ottawa

Arts and Social Sciences

Moving to Ottawa enabled me to grow in new ways, make lasting memories and provide insight into my career and life goals. This article provides steps to make your experience in Ottawa meaningful and will (hopefully) inspire you to make the move. 

By: Melissa Talbot 4764 reads | 0 comments