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Making the Most Out of Your University Experience

Co-op

Anna Dueck, a student in the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) working towards a Major in Dance, talks about the importance of getting involved. 

By: Anna Dueck 732 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Students Perform Free Summer Musical for Kids

musical

The performance tells a story of broken shoes and finding joy beyond grief

By: Ally Baharoon and Melissa Roach 742 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part I – Get Involved and Utilize On-Campus Resources

Co-op Reflections

Have you ever wondered why you should go to university and what you have done to make your university life meaningful? Have you ever been in a situation where you have no clue of what to do with your life and how to start making every penny of your tuition fees worth it? Have you ever felt frightened when thinking about your future career? I was in the same position so I want to share some tips on how to not regret going to school and how to get ready to face your future!

By: Jenny Vo 2038 reads | 0 comments
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The Frosting on the Cake - How to Start Your Business Before You Graduate

Evelyn Yuhsuan Chen

Jeremy Wong, founder of Mancakes Bakery, is living proof that for entrepreneurs their phone is their office and their office is wherever they are. I had a chance to catch up with Jeremy recently and hear about his journey and future plans to revolutionize the dessert industry. 

By: Evelyn Yuhsuan Chen 5323 reads | 0 comments
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Is the Job a Good Fit For You?

Work Search

Can you tell whether a job will be one that helps you wake up happy or one you would eventually dream of quitting? There are actually some telltale signs that can help you understand the job and company culture to give you a better idea of the fit.

By: Kate Smirnova 6909 reads | 0 comments
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What You Can Do Now to Make Your Resume Stand Out After Graduation

Work Search

If you want to use your degree to kick-start your career, it’s just as important to build up other relevant experiences for your resume. In fact, that’s what can help your resume stand out from the rest! And the best time to start is before you graduate. 

By: Daniel Cooper 6840 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Podcasts to Launch Your Career

Free
Discover the world of podcasts and learn about the free resources at your disposal to launch a rewarding career!
By: Manal Masud 2920 reads | 0 comments
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Slogans Revamped: 5 Professional Development Tips from the Biggest Brands

CSI Blog

Can’t get that catchy jingle out of your head? Maximize your thinking processes and learn form the best! It normally is not the best idea to take advice from a catchy slogan, but they can be reinterpreted to be reminders for furthering your career while at school. 

By: Amy Tucker 4696 reads | 0 comments
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Toastmasters: Speak Up for Your Career!

Professional Associations and Clubs

Do you want to become a better communicator and leader? Do you want to gain confidence in public speaking? You may want to consider SFU’s own Burnaby Mountain Toastmasters Club, an opportunity for the general public to gather together and prepare for interview settings, job and career development, and general group environments. 

By: Sheri Wong 3815 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being a Tutor Can Help You Become a Better Student

Professional Development

Ever wanted to become a tutor? Find out why being a tutor can actually help you become a better student.   

By: Alexandra Petryszak 6030 reads | 0 comments
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Three Strategies to Make Any Employer Want to Hire You

Work Search

Are you thinking of getting a job but don't know where to start? Have you been sending out hundreds of resumes but never heard back from anyone? Check out these 3 simple strategies that will make you look so good that any employer will want to hire you.

By: Rhoda Lam 2798 reads | 0 comments
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Back to the Future: Career Edition

Career Exploration

If given the opportunity to go back in time, based on what I have discovered interning at SFU Career Services, I would offer my younger self three pieces of advice. Hopefully you can also learn from my experiences and have a smoother transition. 

By: Sandip Grewal 2250 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Elders Program

Office for Aboriginal People

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 9190 reads | 0 comments
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"What is a SPA?" And Other Things I've Learned Working for SFU Career Services

Working for SFU

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 4825 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: I Volunteer As… a Recruit?

experience

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 2754 reads | 0 comments
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Passport to Leadership – Starting Your Leadership Journey

LEAD

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 10311 reads | 0 comments
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Backpack to Briefcase 2014

Work Search

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

By: Leah Harrison 5374 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 SFU Community Stories

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

International Co-op

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 7125 reads | 0 comments
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Countdown to the Great OLC Hunt

The Great OLC Hunt

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 excel during lightning round, and why it's actually awesome.

By: Heather Keeping & Marcia Shimizu 10574 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteer Opportunities in Downtown Eastside

Indigenous Volunteer Stories

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 10596 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 7500 reads | 0 comments
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Jeff Lemon's Bolivia Experience

CIDECO

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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Major Grant Helps Preserve First Nations Languages

Indigenous

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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SFU Reaching Out to Aboriginal Youth

Indigenous

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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Indigenous Initiatives Librarian: Jenna Walsh

OAP

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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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 Career

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 9736 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

FNSA

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 16436 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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Michelle Martinson: Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous

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 11131 reads | 0 comments
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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

Alumni Spotlight

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 7653 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

Engineering

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 5589 reads | 0 comments
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The Unexpected Co-op Position in the Computer Mining Industry

Gemcom Software

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 4887 reads | 0 comments
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Voices from Turtle Island

Indigenous SFU Community Stories

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 13151 reads | 0 comments
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A Co-op with Husky Energy

Alberta

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 12523 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Aboriginal Graduate Program Support

Indigenous SFU Community Stories

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 9879 reads | 0 comments
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Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership FNSA Aboriginal Criminology Series

Indigenous

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

Stretchable Devices Laboratory

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 10873 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 7670 reads | 0 comments
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Ritik's Japanese Co-op Adventure

International Co-op

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 7995 reads | 0 comments
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Working at Intel: Embedded Systems Engineer

Professional Development

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 9022 reads | 0 comments
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Long Bus Rides

Korea

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 5708 reads | 0 comments
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Giving and Receiving Feedback

feedback

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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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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Why I Joined the CRA

CRA

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 12392 reads | 0 comments
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Lauren's Summer at Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City

International Co-op

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 7007 reads | 0 comments
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Diversify Yourself While You Can

Ballard Power Systems

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 5771 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 14049 reads | 0 comments
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Working at Teradici

Teradici

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 5445 reads | 0 comments
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Aboriginal Inclusion Network Luncheon

Indigenous

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 13791 reads | 0 comments
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Opportunity Awaits You!

Career Peers

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 4406 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 11575 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 5264 reads | 0 comments