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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Applied Sciences

It is easy to become stressed in an unfamiliar and fast-pace working environment, no matter which field you are in but good strategies can help you reduce stress and learn to work faster and more efficiently. Mi Zhou shares her tips from her co-op with OSI Maritime Systems as a mechanical engineering co-op student. 

By: Mi Zhou 61 reads | 0 comments
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Organization Spotlight: The Next Billion

The Next Billion

Are you a student with a visible or invisible disability that is interested in STEM fields? Or, an industry professional looking to mentor up and coming talent? If, so read our spotlight on The Next Billion. 

By: OLC Admin 122 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Communication, Art and Technology

What one fourth-year student discovered while wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness, searching for the right path in life, theatre, and the pursuit of happiness.

By: Diana Bartosh 128 reads | 0 comments
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Self-Care Strategies Part III: How I Unwind

Self-Care Strategies

The Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office’s Active Bystander Network volunteers to tell us what they do to ensure their self-care is well maintained. 

By: Amy Gill 599 reads | 0 comments
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Self-Care Strategies Part II: Being Kind to Myself

Series

The Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office’s Active Bystander Network volunteers to tell us what they do to ensure their self-care is well maintained. 

By: Rumneek Johal 556 reads | 0 comments
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Self-Care Strategies Part I: Setting Healthy Boundaries

OLC Blog

Crucial for your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, self-care is the constant repetition of mostly small acts and habits that keep you functioning as a whole, healthy human. Here is how Joe is going to be practicing self-care through the holidays. 

By: Joe Nomellini 554 reads | 0 comments
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How to Satisfy Your Inner Activist

Union Gospel Mission

When people think about social justice, they think of things like protests or hunger strikes, but the options don’t end there.  These volunteer organizations can help you satisfy your inner activist.

 

 

By: Jien Hilario 942 reads | 0 comments
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Do You Fear Working in Software?

Applied Sciences

I used to be afraid of applying for software related co-ops, let alone working in software development/testing environments. In this article, I am going over my journey about how I overcame that fear and got into a software co-op.

By: Ramandeep Jhalli 876 reads | 0 comments
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How Volunteering Can Help You: With Tony Botelho and Albert Fung

ENGAGE

Tony Botelho and Albert Fung of SFU’s Career and Volunteer Services explore the benefits of volunteering for students with and without disabilities.

By: Jien Hilario 655 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Paid to Have Fun: The Best and Most Economical Way to Travel

English

“Get paid to travel” seems like one of those weird internet scams that you probably shouldn’t click on. But as an au pair abroad, I wasn't paying for accommodation or food, I was meeting other young people, and I was receiving a weekly paycheque!

By: Teghan McDonald 505 reads | 0 comments
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One-Step Start Up: SFU’s Solutions to Your Big Questions

Business

Ever had a business idea and thought it was worth a shot? These resources can help you transform your business idea into reality.

By: Samad Raza 448 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Yellowknife

My experience working with the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Yellowknife, N.W.T.

By: Yee Ting Choy 317 reads | 0 comments
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Is Social Media Bringing you Down?

Social Media

Keeping up with the pressures of social media can be mentally draining. In this article, I share with you how social media can affect your mental health and tips on how to minimize these effects.

By: Shazia Nanji 770 reads | 0 comments
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Three Reasons Why I Volunteer

Volunteer Services

Ever wondered what there is to gain from volunteering? Check out my blog post and discover all that volunteering has to offer.

By: Julia C. Fernandes 488 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Prepare for Co-op

ENGAGE

Embarking on your first Co-op placement? Thinking of applying to the Co-op program? In this comic guide, Linnea offers five tips that will give you a fresh outlook on how to update your resume, build up the confidence to go on interviews, and set yourself up for success. You’ve got this! 

By: Linnea Vo 836 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Co-op

Criminology student, Tylor Mason, enjoyed his co-op with British Columbia's Employment Standards Branch so much that a four-month placement quickly turned into one year. Find out why, here. 

By: Tylor Mason 380 reads | 0 comments
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Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward or in Your Mouth?

Co-op

If an employer you applied to never gets back to you, it’s easy to get down on yourself. We’ve all been there. Learn from my failures to put your best foot forward when applying for jobs. 

By: Haley Pihowich 502 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

Co-op

If you want to extract every opportunity from your co-op term, take these proactive steps to grow professionally beyond your job title. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 466 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Working Students

Here I will list three reasons why I still benefited from accepting a position in a work term that was not directly related to my field of study. 

By: Lauren McNeilly 512 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

STEMCELL

Linh shares her experience working in the HR department of a biotech firm.

By: Linh Nguyen 364 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Watershed Watch Salmon Society

To anyone out there considering working for a not for profit organization, I want to share the lessons I learned at Watershed Watch with you. 

By: Mariah Mund 631 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

Business

If you are about to start applying for co-ops or trying to decide if another co-op term at the same organization is right for you, read about my experience of how a surprising situation can lead to a positive experience.

By: Kaylie Wong 473 reads | 0 comments
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From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

Royal Bank of Canada

When opportunities in Vancouver were slim, I took the chance of embracing an experience on the other side of Canada, and in the process gained experience, networks, and memories that defined my final summer of university.

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 400 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience with Introversion and Impostor Syndrome

During the Work Term

Keep on reading below to learn how I succeeded in my co-op term as an introvert and overcame my impostor syndrome.

By: Sarah Saghah 1217 reads | 0 comments
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Working for a Start-Up

Human Resource Management

See how I faced my fears and worked for a company I never would have imagined working for.

By: Claudia Mathieu 341 reads | 0 comments
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Traveling with SFU NATO Club Cofounder, Cornel Turdeanu

OLC Blog

Are you having a hard time deciding on whether or not to go on exchange or field school? Are you passionate about topics like national security, defense, and diplomacy? Find out what Cornel has to say about his experience with SFU NATO Club! 

By: Queenie Lei 1018 reads | 0 comments
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Don’t Think You Can Be a Role Model? Here Are 4 Things I Learned from Becoming a Volunteer Mentor: an Interview with Alex Hook

ENGAGE

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver reached out to SFU student Alex Hook about his perspective on youth mentorship and the opportunity of being a role model. 

 
By: Wes Martin 668 reads | 0 comments
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What’s in a Membership? 6 Reasons to Belong to a Professional Association like IABC

Professional Development

In such a fast-paced world of business, if you’re ambitious, it’s important to stay on your toes and be hungry for professional development. SFU alumna, and president of the IABC/BC, Jeanette LeBlanc, shares how. 

By: Jeanette LeBlanc 493 reads | 0 comments
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My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

Life Experience

If you are an international student struggling with language and culture barriers in Canada, you are not alone. Liu Siyu, is a fourth-year international student here to share her stories about study, work, and career. 

By: Liu Siyu 913 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

Co-op

Do you find yourself worrying about not knowing what kind of co-op jobs you should look for? Maybe you know what you want, but you were unable to get a position at your dream company? That’s okay. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves and know that there is something greater ahead! 

By: Sithumini Ranamukhaarachchi 717 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Engineering Co-op

Co-op

This article provides a few tips to improve your co-op work search. Having completed a few co-op positions, I’ve learned methods that have helped me get a co-op job offer. Some of the tips may seem cliché but when the little things add up, they can help improve one’s chances by a margin.

By: Alex Wu 639 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Experience Pays Career Dividends

Communique

Communications graduate Kelly Furey, shares how co-op helped her develop a career before graduation. 

By: Justin Wong 609 reads | 0 comments
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MSE Grad Lands Plum General Motors Job

Applied Sciences

Mechatronic Systems Engineering graduate, Zahra Haeri, went in to interview for a co-op position at General Motors but left with an offer for a full-time permanent position. Read Zahra's story on moving from Iran, and the common ground between engineering and jiu-jitsu.

By: Will Henderson 415 reads | 0 comments
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Orange Shirt Day: Remembering the Horrors of Residential Schools

Indigenous

Three SFU students reflect on their experience as volunteers at the City of Surrey's commemoration of Orange Shirt Day.

By: Joyti Gill, Raman Jawanda, and Maha Rashid 658 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

Co-op

As many university students know, the start of many major projects begins with a very simple thing -- procrastination. And that is definitely what I did before departing for my co-op term in South Korea. However, I soon found that when it comes to teaching you have to have a plan. 

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 851 reads | 0 comments
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The First 100 Days of Co-op

First Weeks on the Job

Congratulations! You got the job offer, but now what? The first 100 days of a new job are critical for your future success --  whether that means leading a project or simply showing your team that you are an eager learner. This blog will show you how to make the most of your first 100 days on the job. 

By: Susan Nguyen 1730 reads | 0 comments
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Walk This Path With Us

Indigenous

The Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Reconciliation Council invites you to witness as we present our calls to action for reconciliation to SFU President Andrew Petter.

By: admin 738 reads | 0 comments
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Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Alexander King

Co-op

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 665 reads | 0 comments
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Benefits of Co-op for Joint Majors

Co-operative Education

When Tarnjeet Thandi would tell others about her joint major, they tended to wonder how Molecular Biology and Biochemistry could be related to Business Administration. Prior to joining co-op, Tarnjeet sometimes wondered the same. Read her story about clarifying career options through co-op. 

By: Tarnjeet Thandi 732 reads | 0 comments
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Reflections of an SFU Epigenetics Research Assistant

Lab Assistant

Health Sciences student, Philipp Michaluk disusses the value of searching for co-op positions close to home from his experience as a research assistant at SFU's Epigenetics Laboratory. 

By: Philipp Michaluk 759 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Embassies and Consulates: An Interview with Joseph Paguio

Career Exploration

Landing an internship at an embassy is a dream come true for students interested international diplomacy, trade, and development. In a three-part series we caught up with former SFU students who interned at Canadian Embassies abroad.

By: OLC Admin 777 reads | 0 comments
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Will a Certificate Help You STAND OUT?

Certificate Programs

Thinking about taking a certificate program? Wondering how additional certification could help you in your career? If so, this article is for you.

By: Liu Siyu 990 reads | 0 comments
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Spend the Day with a Top Canadian CEO

CEOx1Day

An opportuntity to gain unforgettable real world experience, CEO 1 x Day is a chance to step into the shoes of one of Canada's most influential leaders. The application period begins, September 28, 2017.

By: OLC Admin 1693 reads | 0 comments
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Formalized Curiosity: My Research Experience in Reproductive Medicine

Career Exploration

Have you ever wanted to pursue a Health Research Co-op but didn’t know where to start? Are you fascinated by Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Research? If so then this article is for you. 

By: Miranda Defer 1121 reads | 0 comments
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The CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship: An Interview with Ashley Fraser

Communique

Communications Co-op student, Ashley Fraser, spent the summer interning at CBC Radio as part of the coveted Peter Gzowski Internship Program. Ashley shares how she got there and her advice for students pursuing careers in journalism. 

 

By: admin 1718 reads | 0 comments
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The Far-Ranging Effects of Co-op Connections

Team Guardian

Vadim shares how proactively building connections in the workplace helped fund his capstone and pivot his career.

By: Vadim Tsarkov 1412 reads | 0 comments
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My First Software Dev Position: What it’s Like To Be a Co-op at Safe

Computing Science

Adam Bignell, shares his experience from an eight month co-op with Safe Software Inc. A co-op term spent developing support for raster and point cloud, but with an added dose of team-building and fooseball to balance out the workload.

By: Adam Bignell 782 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

International

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 1012 reads | 0 comments
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Designing in Phases

SIAT Co-op

Shipping a product isn’t as simple as proposing a new idea or a new design. Careful consideration is given to how a project is approached by developers, users, and other key stakeholders. Amanda shares the importance of designing in phases and the considerations she took working as a UX designer.

By: Amanda Poh 1984 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

International

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 1845 reads | 0 comments
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Student Life vs. Teaching Life: And Everything in Between

Co-op

This is the story of how one Psychology and Criminology student went from being a diligent undergraduate at SFU to a fun-loving English teacher in South Korea.

 

By: Queenie Ho 1327 reads | 0 comments
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What to Do if You've Made a Bad First Impression

Working Students

First impressions are given a lot of stock in the professional world. But what do you do if you've made a bad one? Learn how to recover gracefully with these tips. 

By: Taylor Mckinney 1284 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Life Experience

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 787 reads | 0 comments
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Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership

Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further -- the Passport to Leadership workshop series will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students!

 

By: Zahraa Hawili 2679 reads | 0 comments
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From Lecture Hall to Elementary Classroom: An Unforgettable Experience

Mediated Learning Academy

After an amazing experience with Mediated Learning Academy, I realized that sometimes it takes being in back in an elementary school classroom to remind ourselves of where we learned the most important rules and values about life. 

By: Emily Li 1724 reads | 0 comments
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Extraverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

Career Exploration

During my time seeking for my second co-op work term, I wondered what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy. Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive? When I was applying to TeamWell Health, I didn’t have many expectations, and surely didn’t expect that the job would be the perfect fit for me now.

By: Katherine Alexi Reyes 1575 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Delight at Deloitte

Co-op

Endless mountains of food? Check. Colleagues to play Pokemon Go with? Check. A pile of daunting audit work to get through? Check. Was it worth it? 

By: Wee Nie Tham 2173 reads | 0 comments
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Working at BC Housing as a Co-op Student

BC Housing

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for a crown corporation? Read on to see what it has been like for 4th year Business student, Kathy Lee, who is completing an 8-month co-op term as an Engagement Assistant with BC Housing.

By: Kathy Lee 3323 reads | 0 comments
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Part 1: The Proverbial Foot in the Door

Ocean Pollution Research Program

Feeling stuck on the outside of the job market looking in? Need experience for a job but a job for experience? Read how one Master of Resource Management candidate made his way out of “the trap”.

By: Stephen Chastain 1653 reads | 0 comments
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In the Absence of Clarity, Take Action

Co-operative Education

Fourth year, Kinesiology student, Alexandra Lukac, shares how taking action allowed her to navigate her co-op journey. 

By: Alexandra Lukac 1189 reads | 0 comments