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The Key to Building Resilience: Having Courage in Taking Action for Yourself

changing majors

As students who are trying desperately to balance their own sanity while passing their courses, how can we adapt to this fast changing world? Belle discusses her thoughts on the ideas presented at Building Your Resilience, a seminar put on as part of the SFU Public Square’s 2018 Community Summit - Brave New Work.

By: Belle Villar 98 reads | 0 comments
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Defeating Stress by Building Resilience

Life Experience

Student life can be stressful.  Here are tips for building resilience against stress from the SFU Public Square 2018 Community Summit, Brave New Work.

By: Amy Chui 170 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Applied Sciences

Veteran co-op student, Mouataz Kaddoura, shares valuable lessons learned from co-op terms with Avigilon, MENRVA, Biomedical Research Lab, and Shield-X Technology. 

By: Mouataz Kaddoura 137 reads | 0 comments
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5 Reasons why you Should Move for that Co-op Position

Work Search

Ever spotted your dream co-op position on MyExperience but found out it was on the other side of the country? Or worse overseas! Srijani Datta, is here to tell you about why you should, in fact, relocate for co-op. 

By: Srijani Datta 83 reads | 0 comments
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The Lowdown on Microplastics

Research

Graduate student, Stephen Chastain spent two co-op terms conducting research into microscopic pollution in our oceans. Here, he shares what he learned about this pressing issue  and its global implications. 

By: Stephen Chastain 192 reads | 0 comments
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Enhanced Sonograms & Patient Empowerment

Co-op Reflections

Yasmin Khalili had her career mapped out way before she came to SFU, but the experience of coming to university and enrolling in the co-op program demonstrated that there are hundreds of paths and opporunities one can follow.

By: Yasmin Khalili 322 reads | 0 comments
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Unsettling Reconciliation

Arts and Social Sciences

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Committee convened in 2008, reconciliation has been an issue on many minds but what is reconciliation? Here, three community members explore some of the issues and realities behind reconciliation. 

By: Maddi Grier, Heather Jude and Athena Sfikas 334 reads | 0 comments
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From Recreation to Mentorship: Getting Involved with People with Disabilities

Volunteering

Working with people with disabilities can enable you to understand their experiences better. What better way to do so than having fun at the ocean or on the mountains? Here are some ideas for volunteering with those with disabilities. 

By: Jien Hilario 664 reads | 0 comments
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Why Co-op Makes a Difference: Instead of Chasing, I’m Being Chased

Royal Bank of Canada

Have you ever wondered if extending gradutation to take part in co-op is really worth it? Find out by checking out Mark's final co-op reflection as he looks back on four co-op terms. 

By: Mark Trendell-Jensen 645 reads | 0 comments
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How to be an Active Bystander

Sexual Violence

A few months ago, my mum and I were out late one evening walking our dog. We walked down a dimly lit, quiet street, and saw a shadow in the distance.

By: Harpreet Mander 124 reads | 0 comments
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The Student Life Balancing Act

Life Balance

Finding balance in university is surely one of the greatest challenges a student faces. Shanice believes that communication is key to maintaining stress levels and living a balanced life.

By: Shanice Li 330 reads | 0 comments
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We Belong to a Caring Institution

Co-op Reflections

Have you ever wondered how university contributes to your mental health? In this article, Makshada shares what she learned about SFU's actions to promote mental health and student well-being during her co-op term with SFU Health Promotion 

By: Makshada Kowlessur 478 reads | 0 comments
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Feel Like You’re Not Good Enough for Your New Job?

Life Experience

Starting a new job is stressful, and it can be even harder if you feel like you aren’t good enough at your position. Here are some ways Haley learned to overcome feelings of inadequacy in the workplace.

By: Haley Pihowich 502 reads | 0 comments
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Navigating Disclosure: How to Support Someone Who Wants to be Heard

Sexual Violence

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Beth Triano shares how authentic, present moment awareness, compassion, empathy and respect are our greatest tools for supporting survivors of sexual violence. 

By: Beth Triano 263 reads | 0 comments
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The Perks of Failure

nurse

We are often told to succeed, but what happens when we fail?  In this blog post, Amy shares her personal story of overcoming failure and how it might not be as terrible as it seems.

By: Amy Chui 1752 reads | 0 comments
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Understanding Sexual Violence: A Graduate Student's Perspective

SFU SAAM

Why is understanding sexual violence important as a graduate student? SFU PhD candidate, Aynsley Pescitelli, discusses some of the unique factors that create barriers to disclosure for graduate students. 

By: Aynsley Pescitelli 410 reads | 0 comments
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More Than Just Marketing: Pursuing my Passion at Telus

Communication, Art and Technology

Don’t limit yourself and be active in asking to take on projects beyond the job description. Some insights from Christy’s co-op at TELUS.

By: Christy Liu 240 reads | 0 comments
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How I Ended Up Working for the BC Lions

Workplace Success

Beedie Business student, Ali Najaf shares his extraordinary journey from not knowing anything about the Canadian Football League to working with one of their best teams - The BC Lions.

By: Ali Najaf 208 reads | 0 comments
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Rocking At Work Without Hitting Rock Bottom

Co-op Reflections

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed in a new workplace. School of Interactive Art and Technology student, Jimmy Phung shares his tips for rocking at work, without hitting rock bottom.

By: Jimmy Phung 441 reads | 0 comments
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Workplace and the Race Against Time

Communication

Master's of Communication student, Sugandha Agarwal shares her tips for time-management and workplace productivity. 

By: Sugandha Agarwal 256 reads | 0 comments
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Your Co-op Journey Starts at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Marketing [SRY]

An incredible co-op term with Goldcorp taught Joselyn Hernandez to be open minded when  searching for co-op opportunities. You never know which organization, industry or position you might end up liking until you try. 

By: Joselyn Hernandez 430 reads | 0 comments
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Would You Like a Cup of Tea? How Asking for Consent Can Look Different Than You Think

Consent

How do you know if you've got consent? An anonymous SFU student discusses different ways to ensure consent is informed, freely given and actively communicated. 

By: Anonymous 397 reads | 0 comments
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Life of a Design Student: Reflections and Learning

Communication, Art and Technology

Interactive Arts & Technology student, Fahad Hasany shares how co-op taught him to be confident learning the tools of the trade with the City of Surrey. 

By: Fahad Hasany 739 reads | 0 comments
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Get Your Side Hustle On: A Student's Guide to Part-Time Work

Work-Study

As she puts it, grad student Srijani Datta has been a student for most of her life. To support her love of academia she has worked as a reporter, tutor, translator, transcriber, and content writer. Develop your own side-hustle with her tips. 

By: Srijani Datta 245 reads | 0 comments
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From Small Pond to Big Pond

Communication

Each semester, thousands of students transfer to SFU from colleges and universities across the Lower Mainland. Communication student Alex Caw reflects on his experience learning to navigate bigger classes and a bigger campus, as well as his advice for prospective students thinking of making the leap.  

By: Alex Caw 494 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Optimistic Through the Unexpected

Environmental Science

Bouncing back from hurdles and setbacks is an important part of career building. Environmental Science student, Ria Yao shares how she developed resilience and patience in the face of rejection.

By: Ria Yao 267 reads | 0 comments
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Postcards from Hong Kong: Culture and Commerce

Co-operative Education

Derek Woo traveled to Hong Kong for co-op with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. To keep in touch, he sent postcards home, sharing each leg of his journey as he traversed one of the world's most bustling cities. 

 

By: OLC Admin 1035 reads | 0 comments
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Usable Usability: Is Your UX Research Impacting the Product Design Cycle in a Good Way?

Co-operative Education

Are you an aspiring UX Researcher? Fourth-year SIAT student and UX Researcher at Samsung, Alireza Mogharrab, shares key tips for creating effective usability studies. 

By: Alireza Mogharrab 628 reads | 0 comments
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Derek's groovy story

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Conservation, Kayaks and Turtles

Environment

For her second co-op, Environmental Science student Tegan Gallilee-Lang ventured out to the Greater Vancouver Zoo to assist the Fraser Valley Wetlands Wildlife Project. Read about her adventures on the job and her new animal friends!

By: Tegan Gallilee-Lang 685 reads | 0 comments
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A Survival Guide to Living in the 1800s

Co-op

Surviving in a trading fort in the wild west now known as British Columbia was tough in the 1800s. A time when 9 out of 10 of your meals would have been salmon and potatoes and grocery shopping would mean bringing a musket into the woods. Alexis, shares what she learned about surviving the 1800s. 

By: Alexis Chan 629 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

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 more efficiently. Mi Zhou shares her tips from her co-op with OSI Maritime Systems. 

By: Mi Zhou 736 reads | 0 comments
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Organization Spotlight: The Next Billion

Centre for Student's with Disabilities

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 492 reads | 0 comments
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Step by Step: Building Job Experience as an International Student

Co-op

It isn’t always easy to get your first local job as an international student. However, there may be some short-cuts that you didn’t know about. Siyu Liu, a fourth year business student, has  advice for fellow international students on how to build local work experience

By: Siyu Liu 769 reads | 0 comments
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Wandering through the Ridiculous Darkness

Co-operative Education

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 662 reads | 0 comments
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Self-Care Strategies Part III: How I Unwind

Sexual Violence

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 1300 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 919 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 1087 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 1483 reads | 0 comments
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One-Step Start Up: SFU’s Solutions to Your Big Questions

success

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 1057 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Paid to Have Fun: The Best and Most Economical Way to Travel

Life Balance

“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 1141 reads | 0 comments
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76th Parallel North: An Incredible Summer with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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

By: Yee Ting Choy 868 reads | 0 comments
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Is Social Media Bringing you Down?

Communication

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 2227 reads | 0 comments
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Comic Guide: 5 Tips to Prepare for Co-op

Resumes

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 1669 reads | 0 comments
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Pursuing Public Service: My Co-op Experience as an Employment Standards Officer

Co-op Reflections

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 1028 reads | 0 comments
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Three Reasons Why I Volunteer

Communication, Art and Technology

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 1231 reads | 0 comments
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Are You Putting Your Best Foot Forward or in Your Mouth?

Cover Letters

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 1093 reads | 0 comments
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From West to East: Why Students Must Push Their Boundaries

Professional Development

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 684 reads | 0 comments
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Grow Beyond Your Job

OLC Blog

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 954 reads | 0 comments
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“No Mom, I Am Not Wasting My Time!”

Environment

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 1151 reads | 0 comments
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Who, What, Where, When and Why? Working for a Non-Profit

Co-op Reflections

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 1017 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome Sessions, Onboarding, and the Handling of Snacks

Professional Development

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

By: Linh Nguyen 659 reads | 0 comments
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When Once Wasn’t Enough

OLC Blog

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 906 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 1653 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 785 reads | 0 comments
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Traveling with SFU NATO Club Cofounder, Cornel Turdeanu

Professional Development

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 1582 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 1181 reads | 0 comments
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What’s in a Membership? 6 Reasons to Belong to a Professional Association like IABC

SFU Alumni

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 978 reads | 0 comments
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My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

International

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 1309 reads | 0 comments
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Discovering Myself on The Way to My Dream Job

IWA-Forest Industry Pension

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 977 reads | 0 comments