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"What is a SPA?" And Other Things I've Learned Working for SFU Career Services

Communication, Art and Technology

Nicole has learned to plan,  promote and execute Career Services events, create promotional displays for web and print using Adobe Creative Suite, and use her writing skills to create blog postings for SFU's CSI blog, among her other daily activities. Read on to find out what else she learned as an SFU Career Services SPA. 

By: Nicole Strutt 350 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: I Volunteer As… a Recruit?

ENGAGE

Have you ever thought volunteer opportunities can lead to your next job opportunity? One of the best ways to land your next job is to volunteer. This is an article on using volunteer opportunities as a strategic tool to get your next paid position.

By: Stephen Kaita 526 reads | 0 comments
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Passport to Leadership – Starting Your Leadership Journey

Passport to Leadership

Delivered over five different workshops (one every two weeks), Passport to Leadership aims to introduce students to basic leadership skills and show them the various ways to get involved around campus.

By: Christina Guan 3424 reads | 0 comments
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Backpack to Briefcase 2014

Personal Development

Missed Backpack to Briefcase this year? Find out the advice given by SFU alumni.

By: Leah Harrison 1152 reads | 0 comments
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March Link Round-Up

link round up

Every month we collect our favourite content from our site and around and web, and we collect it for you in one easy-to-read place! Check out our highlights from March.

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Invitation to FNSA Indigenous Feminism Series - Cherry Smiley

Indigenous

Cherry Smiley is an artist, Indigenous feminist activist, and prostitution abolitionist will be presenting in the first FNSA Indigenous Feminism Series

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Student Profile: Biology Student Yuka Obayashi

Japan

Biology Co-op student Yuka Obayashi returned from her self-directed International Co-op at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in the Kunigami District of Okinawa, Japan with a new-found appreciation for marine wildlife.

By: Ranita Lau 1320 reads | 0 comments
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Countdown to the Great OLC Hunt

Contests

On April 14th we're launching a fun contest with some big prizes. While you wait for the big launch,  get a sneak peek at what we have in store - and what you can win.

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The Great OLC Hunt

ENGAGE

With Easter fast approaching we've hidden codewords in 7 OLC articles, if you can follow the clues and find them you'll be entered to win big prizes.

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4 Reasons Why Lightning Round is Awesome

Lightning Round

So it’s mid-March and you haven’t got a Co-op job for the summer yet, exams are approaching, and you're getting worried you'll never land a job. Co-op coordinators Heather Keeping and Marcia Shimizu offer up tips on how to exel during lightning round, and why it's actually awesoe.

By: Heather Keeping & Marcia Shimizu 1827 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteer Opportunities in Downtown Eastside

Volunteering

SFU Molecular Biology & Biochemistry student Ryan Danroth volunteers with Aboriginal Front Door Society (AFDS) as Harm Reduction Coordinator. They are currently looking for volunteers at AFDS.

By: Ryan Danroth 1832 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

Co-operative Education

The Mechatronics Systems Engineering program puts a focus on a broad scope of experience, Co-op student, Austin Tsai shares his three work terms that provided him with a wide variety of experience to match his educational background.

By: Austin Tsai 1800 reads | 0 comments
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Jeff Lemon's Bolivia Experience

International Co-op

Jeff took Bolivia by storm, working with the Centro Integral de Desarrollo Economico Comunitario (CIDECO), as part of the Bolivian CED Project. Find out more about how his International experience impacted his career journey.

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Indigenous Initiatives Librarian: Jenna Walsh

Indigenous

Indigenous Initiatives Librarian Jenna Walsh has been working with Aboriginal communities and SFU students, staff and faculty to determine how best to enhance and develop the library’s services for Aboriginal students.

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SFU Reaching Out to Aboriginal Youth

Aboriginal youth

SFU instructors and students are engaged in a variety of community activities that are making a difference to Aboriginal children and youth.

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Major Grant Helps Preserve First Nations Languages

FNLC

Of Canada’s 60 First Nations languages, 30 are found only in B.C.  According to Marianne Ignane, director of SFU’s FNLC, these languages are in a state of decline, which is why she has made it her life’s work to find ways of preserving and teaching these languages.

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Graduate Aboriginal Scholarships Attract Keen Scholars

Indigenous

Each year, SFU selects two Aboriginal graduate students to receive Graduate Aboriginal Entrance Scholarships. Kyle Bobiwash and Nicole Muir were the 2013 recipients, and both of their research plans aim to help others.

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CRA Student Ambassador Blog

Indigenous

Kim Hornemann shares how a science loving high school student ended up in SFU's French co-hort program and working for the Canada Revenue Agency while still in University.

By: Kim Hornemann 2523 reads | 0 comments
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Captain Michael F. Harris: Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous

“Our Native Bows and Arrows today, are now Education, being clean of Alcohol and Drugs, Respect for Self and all Creator gives us, Non-Racist attitudes, Good hard work in attitude and job at hand, Love and Caring for Mother Earth and all Beings, through God Our Creator. Aho." - Michael F. Harris

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Invitation to Indigenous Peoples Career Stories 2014

Indigenous SFU Community Stories

Listen to our Indigenous Peoples Career Stories panel from various walks of life introduce themselves and discuss their backgrounds, their education, the obstacles they have overcome, and their career path.

By: Laura Forsythe 3887 reads | 0 comments
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Michelle Martinson: Indigenous Journey Story

nursing

Despite dealing with the challenges of being a full time mom, I did manage to do some upgrading and a few courses while my kids were little. In 2014, I intend to run for president of the British Columbia Nurses Union

By: Michelle Martinson 1756 reads | 0 comments
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Jodie-Lynn Waddilove: Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous

Maclean's Magazine named Jodie-Lynn as "One of Canada’s Top 100 Under 30 to watch in the new millennium.” Her career as a lawyer has been nothing but inspirational.

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Steve Sxwithul’txw : Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

"Finding my path to success is a cliché. It’s what you are willing to do to sacrifice to get ahead and make a life to which you feel proud of. That is why I continue chasing the dream of being happy and fulfilled.” - Steve Sxwithul’txw

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Your Portfolio, Your Story

Portfolios

Stephanie Wiriahardja started building her portfolio in 2009, before she applied for her first SFU Co-op semester. 5 years later, with regular updates, her entire online persona is still paying dividends. Find out Stephanie's keys to branding yourself online.

By: Stephanie Wiriahardja 1721 reads | 0 comments
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First Nations Student Association: Meet Some of the Board

FNSA Stories

Hear some of the backgrounds and aspirations of the First Nations Student Association board members. A showcase of the diversity within the student led organization here at SFU. 

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Anudeep's Life Changing Co-op Experience

Applied Sciences

Anudeep Chohan reflects back on his Co-op experience after completing four Engineering Co-op terms. After completing work terms on and off campus he shares how Co-op shaped his career, and himself.

By: Anudeep Chohan 1780 reads | 0 comments
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The Unexpected Co-op Position in the Computer Mining Industry

Applied Sciences

Christopher didn't expect to ever find work for a mining company, but that's exactly where his Co-op journey led him. As a software systems student, he imagined working for IBM or Microsoft, but instead a work term with Geovia turned out to be a career changing experience.

By: Christopher Kwong 1878 reads | 0 comments
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Voices from Turtle Island

Indigenous Event

Join Voices from Turtle Island from February 27th to March 1st, 2014. Spend the weekend celebrating written words from Turtle Island with a gathering of First Nations writers, critics, scholars, performers and anyone who enjoys Indigenous Literatures.

By: Natalie Knight 4448 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Aboriginal Graduate Program Support

Graduate School

The Office for Aboriginal People at Simon Fraser University has created a new website to help Aboriginal students navigate the programing, funding and support available to them here at SFU

By: Laura Forsythe 2442 reads | 0 comments
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A Co-op with Husky Energy

MSE

Lyndon spent 16 months in Lloynminster Saskatchewan for his Co-op with Huskey Energy. Learn how the experience exceeded all of his expectations and how he learned new skills he never anticipated.

By: Lyndon Fernandes 2329 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Elders Program

SFU Elders Program

The Elders will visit, share advice, talk, listen and share history and stories every Monday & Thursday from 11:30 - 1:30 at the Indigenous Student Centre on Burnaby campus.

By: Laura Forsythe 2231 reads | 0 comments
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Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership FNSA Aboriginal Criminology Series

Leadership

The FNSA Aboriginal Criminology Series Perspectives on Leadership and Policing is on January 28th at SFU Harbour Centre. Join them to hear from Sgt. Ernie Louttit. After 27 years with the Saskatoon Police Service, he is retiring and publishing his memoirs.

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Maximising Your Learning Experience

Océ Display Graphics Systems

Co-op is a pleasant and exciting experience that takes you through a roller coaster of challenges faced by the Engineers. Gursher Sidhu successfully completed four work terms in several fields which broadened his perspective of the vast horizon of Engineering.

By: Gursher Sidhu 3128 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Student Success: Marissa McIntyre

Indigenous Community Stories

Marissa McIntyre grew up in Cloverdale, BC. She is currently a second year student here at SFU with a double major in First Nations Studies and Psychology.

By: Marissa McIntyre 2258 reads | 0 comments
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Ritik's Japanese Co-op Adventure

Co-op Reflections

Ritik had a pretty amazing time in Japan while on his International Co-op term with BOSCH. The projects he worked on may have been classifed, but the fun he had sure wasn't, and he's here to share it with you.

By: Ritik Looned 2680 reads | 0 comments
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Working at Intel: Embedded Systems Engineer

Applied Sciences

I applied for Intel which is the world’s largest and highest valued multinational semiconductor chip maker.  I thought that through this experience I could not only hone my communication skills in a team, but also gain the necessary skills to prepare for my future career as a design engineer. 

By: Vincent Wong 2970 reads | 0 comments
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Long Bus Rides

Co-op Reflections

Carey Lau travelled to Korea to teach English with TaLK, and quickly found herself extending her stay for a second term. Read more about her experience, as shared with the TaLK newsletter.

By: Carey Lau 2477 reads | 0 comments
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Any Questions?

Interviews

Have you encountered an interview question that you're not sure how to answer? Post it here in the comments section, and we’ll help you figure it out, plus come in to read questions others struggled with.

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

Professional Development

Many people struggle with providing helpful feedback. You don’t want to be too positive, ignoring possible errors, but you don’t want to crush the other person’s work either. To help, we’ve put together a quick list to help you give and receive helpful feedback.

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Why I Joined the CRA

Co-op Reflections

Edith Tang had some doubts about applying for the CRA, but one yeat later she's successfully completed an eight-month Co-op work term and now works as a Student Ambassador for the CRA, promoting similar opportunites to students.

By: Edith Tang 2631 reads | 0 comments
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Severin's Tropical, Scuba Diving Co-op Adventure

Bahamas

In summer of 2013, SFU Biomedical Physiology student Severin Vaillancourt headed to The Bahamas as a Field Research Assistant with the school's Marine Ecology Lab. He shared recollections of his underwater adventures and more with International Co-op.

By: Kiran Dhanoa 4236 reads | 0 comments
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Lauren's Summer at Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City

Co-op Reflections

Lauren turned to international Co-op as a way to continue gaining work experience while exploring the world. Read about her experience working for a high end international hotel chain in China.

By: Lauren Watkins 2238 reads | 0 comments
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Diversify Yourself While You Can

Engineering

Scott completed five Co-op work terms as part of his Engineering education. Read how he bounced between fields and reccomends that you do the same.

By: Scott Greene 1905 reads | 0 comments
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Aboriginal Inclusion Network Luncheon

Indigenous Employers

The CEO & President of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Kelly J Lendsay will be speaking to Indigenous students about how the Aboriginal Inclusion network can help you find the right job, the right employer and build a career path that feeds your passion and emphasizes your talent.

By: Laura Forsythe 4544 reads | 0 comments
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Working at Teradici

Co-operative Education

Engineering student Pevisha Joshi was excited about the opportunities Co-op could hold for her, but as she soon learned, with opportunity comes a lot of hard work.With a great employer however, your work can be highly rewarded.

By: Pevisha Joshi 1762 reads | 0 comments
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Opportunity Awaits You!

Professional Development

While I used to think university was all about good grades and finishing your degree as fast as you could, I’ve recently learned that this is not the case, and that university is more about the opportunities you can get involved in and the experience you can gain. Here are three ways to do just that!

By: Nichola Basara 1526 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Student Success Story: Alissa Derrick

Student Spotlight

Alissa Derrick is from the Wet’suwet’en Nation located in Moircetown, British Columbia. She is currently in her last year here at SFU, working towards a double minor in Criminology and First Nation Studies.

By: Alissa Derrick 3663 reads | 0 comments
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SFU First Nations Student Association 2012-2013: A Year in Review

Indigenous SFU Community Stories

Have you ever asked yourself "Who are the FNSA and what exactly do they do here on campus?" Here is a year in review to enable you to gain a better understanding of this student run organization and what they do here at SFU.

By: Laura Forsythe 1434 reads | 0 comments
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Maximizing LinkedIn with Lisa Dalla Vecchia

LinkedIn

Lisa Dalla Vecchia, Manager of Alumni & Career Communications External Relations for Beedie School of Business explains how to get the most out of LinkedIn.

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Confidence Through Co-op

Co-op Reflections

Software Engineering Co-op student Alex Moore writes about his final Co-op experience before graduation, and the importance of lifelong learning.

By: Alex Moore 951 reads | 0 comments
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Shocking Developments with Exoskeletons

Co-operative Education

Engineering Science Co-op student, Brian Lew shares his electrifying experience at MENVRA lab where he works on FES-exoskeletal systems. It's no Ironman, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

By: Brian Lew 2097 reads | 0 comments
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Manufacturing with a Huge Multicultural “Family” Company

Creation Technologies

Brendon shares his Co-op experiences as an Engineering student. He had the opportunity to first work for small, local companies, before branching out in his third Co-op term, working for Creation Technologies, a multinational manufacturing company.

By: Brendon Mar 1141 reads | 0 comments
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A Wonderful Experience at Broadcom

Applied Sciences

Senior Co-op student, Alex Lung shares his experience at Broadcom, where he spent two work terms in QA Test Platform Development.

By: Alex Lung 1292 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Adds Value to Any Degree

Software Systems [SRY]

Parminder Benipal looks back at what he learned about himself and his career path at his first Co-op job, and how that lead to landing his third Co-op work term with IBM.

By: Parminder Benipal 2980 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Students Gear Up for Community Summit

Community Summit

Building on the success of their first community summit last fall, SFU Public Square began preparations for their second annual summit this summer. To help them Public Square has brought on three SFU Co-operative Education students who are helping shape the summit while lending their energy and expertise to the team.

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Cody Caruso First Nations Health Authority

Indigenous Career

Have you considered a career in Health Sciences? Here is some advice from recent graduate Cody Caruso on his journey to employment in the First Nations Health Authority. 

By: Laura Forsythe 2375 reads | 0 comments
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Taste of BlackBerry Fruitful for Co-op Students

BlackBerry

SFU students involved in Co-op work terms at BlackBerry (one of the program’s biggest employers) are getting more than a hands-on experience. Many are landing plum positions. Last year alone, 263 SFU students completed terms with the high profile company.

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Reflecting on a Co-op Journey with Ji Hoon Choi

Co-operative Education

After completing five co-op semesters, Ji Hoon Choi looks back at the choices that led him to where he is today: working, studying, and traveling all at once.

By: Ji Hoon Choi 1381 reads | 0 comments
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Mike's IC Development with Broadcom

Engineering

Michael Leung shares his experience of spending eight months as a co-op student for Broadcom Corporation.

By: Michael Leung 1414 reads | 0 comments
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Work, Life, Balance: Juggling It All!

Career Services

Have you ever sat and thought about what elements in your life can maintain your sense of sanity or better yet, serenity? Tina provides three tips to help you maintain balance when things get hectic!

By: Tina Ebrahimi 2285 reads | 0 comments