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Co-op During the Pandemic: Navigating Science and Uncertainty

COVID-19

Read Thuy's story and learn about what you might find yourself doing as a Communication Co-op student working in a STEM organization during the global pandemic.

By: Thuy Tran 322 reads | 0 comments
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Working at a Startup vs. Large Corporation: Which is right for you?

Co-op Reflections

My two-year roller coaster ride through Intel: A year after embarking on Intel’s newly acquired startup company, the project was shut down and a few members of the team, including myself, were lucky enough to be transferred to a different Intel group. Here’s my experience working in a startup vs working in a large corporation like Intel.

By: Darryl Fonseka 301 reads | 0 comments
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Finding the Right Fit: A Guide to Job Hunting

Business

After reaching the end of her first co-op semester, Amanda, a Business co-op student, reflects on her experience and shares tips on how to find a position that is best suited to help you achieve your goals

By: Amanda Dunbar 390 reads | 0 comments
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Small Firm, Big Opportunities: Insights into Working at a Small Firm

Co-operative Education

If you ever wondered what it was like working at a small to mid-size accounting firm, read on for a few insights from my first co-op work term!

By: Kaadambari Ravi 798 reads | 0 comments
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Moving From Retail to Corporate : Life as an Operational Specialist at Canadian Western Trust

Co-op

For three years I worked part-time at TD Canada Trust as a customer service representative and eventually a personal banking associate.

By: Phuong Mai 641 reads | 0 comments
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My Adventures working with the BC Lottery Corporation

Co-operative Education

Is working in an unfamiliar industry scary to you? Don’t know what to prepare before working in a co-op? Read on to find out more.

By: Cloris Sun 1012 reads | 0 comments
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Becoming A $60K Assistant

Business

When I first started at PCL as an Administrative Student, I was slightly disappointed.

By: Sharon 715 reads | 0 comments
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Golden Opportunity: How I Accidentally Ended Up at a Fortune 500 Mining Company

personal development

What many students may not know is that it can be very disheartening to apply for jobs at first. You may not receive many responses. It feels almost as if all the positions you want have already been filled. 

By: Farah Jhumra 1549 reads | 0 comments
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Building Routines to Build Productivity

personal development

Procrastination became a close friend of mine and by the end of the semester, I was burnt out but relieved that it was all over. Then the cycle would repeat itself for another four months.

By: Holly Kang 717 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Through the First Month of your Co-op

Vancouver

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 1314 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Journey: How I Landed a Co-op working on 3 New Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard

Applied Sciences

When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up” - Les Brown

By: Seraphina Augustus 802 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Leads to Workplace Success

Co-op

"Have you ever asked yourself these questions – Why should I volunteer? Is stepping out of my comfort zone really going to benefit me?  If you have, then you are on the right page!"

By: Cody Chau 1575 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Pains: From Classroom to Corporate

Co-op Reflections

Being the youngest in the office can be difficult.  Ashley combats those pesky thoughts of self-doubt that we all know too well with words of affirmation.  

By: Ashley Schultheiss 1951 reads | 0 comments
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Video: Co-op in a Nutshell

Communique

What will you create with co-op? Watch Emily's video for a glimpse into her summer experience working for the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.  

By: Emily Sweeney 1766 reads | 0 comments
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Shedding Light on Mental Health in the Workplace

Communique

Mental health issues don't just disappear in the workplace.  Nelson urges us to "end the stigma, talk about mental health, form dialogues and accept that we are not alone."

By: Nelson Hang 1475 reads | 0 comments
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Things Happen For a Reason: Three Ways to Turn Every Experience Into a Great Opportunity

Co-op

Bored already?  Hitting a plateau at work can be discouraging – but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow Lauren’s experience of turning a roadblock into an opportunity for growth.

By: Lauren Brosseau 1450 reads | 0 comments
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Three Lessons from Twenty-Four Months on the Job

Communique

"I’d be hard pressed to say I have my life figured out – I really don’t."  Ryan shares what his Co-op journey has taught him and some tips for anyone who is currently doing Co-op.

By: Ryan Lee 21522 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of Not Losing Hope: Scoring A Co-op Position With The Right Tactics For Your Job Interview

Co-operative Education

Interviews don't have to be hard if you're prepared.  Nelson provides some tips on what how can prepare yourself for an interview and impress your interviewers.

By: Nelson Hang 2140 reads | 0 comments
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One Major and Endless Possibilities: The Wisdom I learned From My First Co-op

Communication, Art and Technology

Thinking of changing your career path?  Saniya explains why it's normal for your career path to not be linear and redefines what it will look like for most of us.

By: Saniya Jakupova 8488 reads | 0 comments
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How to Save Money While in Co-op

Co-operative Education

"Sounds silly at first, but have you ever received a paycheque on the 15th and by the 20th you have no idea where it went? Here are a few ways to tackle sneaky spending..."

By: Ashley Schultheiss 2419 reads | 0 comments
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“What Do You Study in Communication?”

Communication

What exactly is the study of communications?  What are the career paths can it can lead to?  Amy attempts to answer these surprisingly common questions (even among communications students!) through Co-op.

By: Amy Chui 2334 reads | 0 comments
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4 Reasons Why You Should Work for a Non-Profit

Communique

Want your career to make a meaningful impact on your community and the world, but don't know how?  Davina shares how working in the non-profit sector may just be the solution.

By: Davina Gounden 5890 reads | 0 comments
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It Starts With A Good Foundation

Communique

Fiona shares how a degree in communication has given her a solid foundation of knowledge that translated directly into her workplace.  

By: Fiona Li 3323 reads | 0 comments
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Phone Confidence

Communique

Is talking on the phone nerve-wracking for you?  You aren't alone.  Katherine offers some tips on how to be a better communicator through the phone.  

By: Katherine Bishop 3363 reads | 0 comments
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How to be a Newbie: Pro Tips for Non-Pros

Communique
Co-op is a learning experience. Learning experiences aren’t about the “Aha!” moments. They’re about how you get there – and carry yourself through awkward growing pains... 
By: Tyler Miller 5398 reads | 0 comments
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Four Non-CMNS Courses That Have Contributed to My Co-op Success

course planning

Think WQB requirements aren't relevant to your field of study? Think again! Kar Hing shares four non-communications courses that helped her succeed on her Co-op work term.

By: Kar Hing Ng 2487 reads | 0 comments
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I Spent Too Long Deliberating Co-op: Why You Should Hit That Apply Button

Co-operative Education

To Co-op or not? Sasha shares her story of how rewarding it can be to break out of the stereotypical career path and going out of your comfort zone.

By: Sasha Zalyvadna 4451 reads | 0 comments
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Redefining the Modern Internship: Where Work and Sport Intersect

Co-op

My first Co-op was an invaluable experience as I dabbled in the world of social media marketing, blog writing, events management and much more!

By: Ashleen Bandesha 5959 reads | 0 comments
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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 9809 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

journey

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 17332 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out

Learning

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. 

By: Claire Wallace 15674 reads | 0 comments
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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 14926 reads | 0 comments
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The Semester Survival Guide: Six Tips and Tricks to Keep You on Track!

ENGAGE

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

Life Experience

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 4502 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Students Perform Free Summer Musical for Kids

burnaby arts council

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 5847 reads | 0 comments
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How to Maximize Your Return on University Investment: Part I – Get Involved and Utilize On-Campus Resources

career exploration

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 11245 reads | 0 comments
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The Frosting on the Cake - How to Start Your Business Before You Graduate

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 15340 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 14793 reads | 0 comments
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What You Can Do Now to Make Your Resume Stand Out After Graduation

Volunteer

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 27096 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 12446 reads | 0 comments
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Slogans Revamped: 5 Professional Development Tips from the Biggest Brands

Professional Development

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 15971 reads | 0 comments
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Toastmasters: Speak Up for Your Career!

Professional Development

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 13648 reads | 0 comments
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Why Being a Tutor Can Help You Become a Better Student

Tutoring

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

By: Alexandra Petryszak 52167 reads | 0 comments
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Three Strategies to Make Any Employer Want to Hire You

Career Services

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 11383 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 13429 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 14538 reads | 0 comments
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Coach Talks: I Volunteer As… a Recruit?

Personal Development

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 10037 reads | 0 comments
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Passport to Leadership – Starting Your Leadership Journey

ENGAGE

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 27471 reads | 0 comments
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Backpack to Briefcase 2014

CSI Blog

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

By: Leah Harrison 11321 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

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 14810 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

CSI Blog

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 20655 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 31105 reads | 0 comments
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The Co-op Life of a Mechatronics Systems Engineering Student

Co-op Reflections

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 16444 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

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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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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