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Using Social Media as Your Portfolio

Twitter

Do you know absolutely nothing about social media? Want to ensure that you are on the right track to proper social media management? If you answered yes to either or both questions above, have no worries! Keep on reading to learn how to use social media to your advantage. 

By: Sarah Saghah 1354 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

Top Tip Lists

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 3041 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out

Business

Choosing a career is not about selecting an archetype (like ‘lawyer’, or ‘doctor’, or ‘teacher’), but about exploring who you are, what your skill set is, and what type of career will be a good fit for you. In this blog, I talk about letting go of the pressure to have it all figured out, and to instead embrace different ideas and explore different options to find a career that fits. 

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From Retail to Public Servant: a Learning Curve

Co-operative Education

The RCMP is a sought out employer for criminology students. If your main experience to date is in the retail sector, then there is a lot to discover about interviewing and working in the Public Service. Danika shares her experience moving from retail to working for the RCMP. 

By: Danika Plante Mahnic 1948 reads | 0 comments
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The Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

new semester

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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Making the Most Out of Your University Experience

contemporary arts

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 1793 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Students Perform Free Summer Musical for Kids

Co-op

Four SFU students organized and performed a free outdoor children’s theatre in the Lower Mainland. The performance tells a story of broken shoes and finding joy beyond grief

By: Ally Baharoon and Melissa Roach 2650 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

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 8653 reads | 0 comments
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The Frosting on the Cake - How to Start Your Business Before You Graduate

starting a business

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 9871 reads | 0 comments
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Is the Job a Good Fit For You?

CSI Blog

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 11042 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 16583 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Podcasts to Launch Your Career

Career Exploration
Discover the world of podcasts and learn about the free resources at your disposal to launch a rewarding career!
By: Manal Masud 7350 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 9015 reads | 0 comments
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Toastmasters: Speak Up for Your Career!

CSI Blog

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 9143 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being a Tutor Can Help You Become a Better Student

Student Learning Commons

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

By: Alexandra Petryszak 20617 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 7087 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 6973 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 13198 reads | 0 comments
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"What is a SPA?" And Other Things I've Learned Working for SFU Career Services

SPA

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 10221 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 7341 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 17037 reads | 0 comments
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Backpack to Briefcase 2014

Professional Development

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

By: Leah Harrison 8446 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 10927 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

Work Search

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 16574 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 22515 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 11636 reads | 0 comments
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Jeff Lemon's Bolivia Experience

Bolivia CED Project

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

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 13246 reads | 0 comments
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Secrets of a Successful Co-op Interview

Communication, Art and Technology

Interviews: one of the terrifying barriers blocking your path from a great job that your whole academic career has been working towards. When competing for coveted co-op positions, keep these five interview tips in mind to raise the bar!

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Captain Michael F. Harris: Indigenous Journey Story

Indigenous Career Journey Stories

“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 27766 reads | 0 comments
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Jodie-Lynn Waddilove: Indigenous Journey Story

FNSA

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 Career Journey Stories

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 21336 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

HootSuite

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 12918 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

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 9887 reads | 0 comments
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The Unexpected Co-op Position in the Computer Mining Industry

Co-operative Education

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 9902 reads | 0 comments
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Voices from Turtle Island

Indigenous

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 17138 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 20836 reads | 0 comments
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A Co-op with Husky Energy

Technology & Innovation

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 28634 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

Co-operative Education

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 26740 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 15907 reads | 0 comments
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Ritik's Japanese Co-op Adventure

Co-operative Education

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 13554 reads | 0 comments
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Working at Intel: Embedded Systems Engineer

Technology & Innovation

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 14492 reads | 0 comments
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Long Bus Rides

TaLK

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 8626 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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Lauren's Summer at Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City

China

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 10416 reads | 0 comments
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Diversify Yourself While You Can

Co-operative Education

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 9472 reads | 0 comments
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Severin's Tropical, Scuba Diving Co-op Adventure

Co-operative Education

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 30715 reads | 0 comments