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Back to School 101: 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Consent

SVSPO

For some students, this is your first year at SFU and you’re probably excited (and nervous!) about what the first year will hold. I remember feeling the same way, wondering where my classes would be, what the people who lived in my residence would be like, whether or not I’d be invited to the good parties…normal first year questions! One thing I never thought I would have questions about was consent. 

By: Caitlin Doherty 103 reads | 0 comments
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Accounting

Accounting

"I knew very little about accounting and definitely had no passion for it" - read on to find out how Leana overcame her aversion towards accounting.

By: Leana Li 94 reads | 0 comments
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Tips on Coping with a Challenging Co-op Term

French

"Working in different settings and with various personality types allows you to take in the best and the worst of the workplace" - Diana gives practical tips on coping with workplace challenges.

By: Diana Kabantsov 166 reads | 0 comments
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From School to Designing for The City of Surrey

OLC Blog

"I am working on creating a single solution for citizens to request information held by the City that will meet the needs of multiple business lines" - read more about Allison's experience working with the City of Surrey.

By: Allison Chen 885 reads | 0 comments
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Creating Value: The Adventures of an IT Co-op Student

SFU IT Project Management

"Now working in the technology field, it is not what I had imagined initially" - Gabriel talks about his co-op with SFU's IT Project Management Office.

By: Gabriel Lim 78 reads | 0 comments
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Succeeding in a Start-up 101

Marketing

"This being my first co-op term, I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t know what to wear, how welcoming my co-workers would be or what exact tasks I would be assigned" - Joshua talks about his co-op experience.

By: Joshua Juni 255 reads | 0 comments
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6 Interview Tips from the Other Side of the Table: an Interviewer’s Perspective

ENGAGE

Ever wonder how interviewers feel on the other side of the table? SFU Career & Volunteer Services’ very own superstar Career Peer, Scarlett Wu, shares her perspective on interviews and offers ideas on how to ace your own.

By: Scarlett Wu 3017 reads | 0 comments
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Getting Started in a Startup: My Co-op at Coral Health

Coral Health

‘How do I market something that I don’t fully understand?’ - Claire Patterson talks about her marketing co-op experience at Coral Health.

By: Claire Patterson 860 reads | 0 comments
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How I Became a Manager at Nineteen

Business

Read on to find about how Crystal became a manager at just nineteen! 

By: Crystal Fung 81 reads | 0 comments
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The Pre-Interview Pep-Talk You Never Knew You Needed

Co-op

Ivy Choi gives some insightful and practical tips on dealing with those nasty pre-interview jitters.

By: Ivy Choi 218 reads | 0 comments
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Exchange Experience: Discovering Myself Through Travelling

exchange

What does it mean to be alone but not lonely? Grace Chang talks about self-discovery, studying abroad and her adventures in Australia.

By: Grace Chang 323 reads | 0 comments
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Organize Yourself: Tips on Managing Your Work

Sharon gives useful and practical tips on how to manage your time and work!

By: Sharon Chen 423 reads | 0 comments
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How I Faced and Overcame My Fears

counseling

Relax! Yes, you may have made a mistake, but it is how you handle the consequences that count. Carina talks about how she made mistakes, faced her fears and learned from them.

By: Carina Yuen 231 reads | 0 comments
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A Penny in a Sea of Sheldons: My Co-op at TRIUMF

TRIUMF

You see a job posting, you read the description, you become interested. You apply for the job, you get interviewed, then you get hired. Now what? Anh Vu, shares how she learned the ropes at TRIUMF. 

By: Thuy Anh (Anne) Vu 1223 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing a Start-Up Over a Large Corporation

Marketing

Are you uncertain whether to pursue a co-op at a large corporation or a small company? Sharon Huang shares why she chose to launch her career at a start-up. 

By: Sharon Huang 364 reads | 0 comments
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How I Discovered a New Career Path at TELUS

Telus

Teodora Mircea's co-op experience offered much more than just work experience. Her co-op with Telus allowed her to create a new career path and learn that there's more to being a Business Analyst  than analyzing data and creating spreadsheets.

By: Teodora Mircea 1065 reads | 0 comments
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A Co-op Story

Co-operative Education

The future can seem pretty uncertain when you are an undergraduate. How do you make the leap from university student to employed professional?  Read how co-op allowed four students to create some big things while gaining real-world experience and having a bit of fun along the way. 

By: Jennifer Wibisono 1204 reads | 0 comments
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Adams Insurance Group: What it Means to Become an Autoplan Agent

Arts and Social Sciences

Working as an autoplan agent involves excellent administrative and interpersonal skills to ensure the best possible coverage for clients. In this article, Amy Deng describes her co-op experience as an autoplan agent with Adams Insurance Group. 

By: Amy Deng 839 reads | 0 comments
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Loving the Non-Profit Life

Co-op

Working at non-profit organizations may have a less-than-desirable reputation among students, especially regarding pay and prestige; and while it may not look as glamorous as working in a big corporate firm, it has a few unique perks to help you gain valuable experience. 

By: Mikaela Nuval 419 reads | 0 comments
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Growing Your Skills by the Hour: Working in a Fast-paced Start-up

Science

"As I am writing this, I am only halfway through my eight-month software development co-op at Clio, but I already can confidently say that these four months might be the most valuable part of my time at SFU so far."

By: Matvei Rudenko 428 reads | 0 comments
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Five Easy Hacks to Excel at your Co-op!

Business

When it comes to an experience of a lifetime like an internship, the one question we ask ourselves over and over again is “how do I make the most out of this experience?” In this blog, I would like to share with you five game-changing strategies that you can start implementing at work!

By: Pat Chaisang 551 reads | 0 comments
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The Adventures of a Rookie Accountant

Career Exploration

Scroll down to read about my co-op experience at an accounting firm.

By: Enoch Cheung 219 reads | 0 comments
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Enabling Data-Driven Decisions in a Big Data World: My Co-op at Activision (Demonware)

Software Systems

Scroll on to read about my co-op experience with the Data Services team at Activision

By: David Quong 277 reads | 0 comments
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Empowerment through Volunteering: An Interview with Eva Ang

Communication, Art and Technology

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to do it all? In this interview, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology student, Eva Ang, offers tips on juggling work, school, volunteering and life.

By: Queenie Lei 971 reads | 0 comments
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Is Grad School the Right Next-Step?

If you are about to finish your undergraduate degree, you might be wondering if you should go to grad school. But how do you know if grad school is right for you? Srijani Datta,  breaks it down. 

By: Srijani Datta 267 reads | 0 comments
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The Job Hunt: Survival Skills

Arts and Social Sciences

While the decision to look for a job might come easily, getting a job that you really want might not. Looking for that perfect job can often be an arduous and protracted process. Learn how to financially survive  those long weeks or months with these tips. 

By: Srijani Datta 688 reads | 0 comments
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Four Years of University: Quantity of Time vs. Quality of Experience

Arts and Social Sciences

There are lots of reasons that can scare you away from taking more than four years to finish university. What if your friends finish early? What about the cost? While these are valid concerns, remember that university is a chance to gain experience. 

By: Srijani Datta 228 reads | 0 comments
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The Job Hunt: Self-Care

Arts and Social Sciences

Looking for a great job can be taxing on your mind and body. Srijani Datta, shares tips on how to keep it together during a long and difficult job hunt.

                   

By: Srijani Datta 243 reads | 0 comments
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Living in Vancouver on a Student Budget

Life Balance

Living on a student budget can be a struggle but coupled with exorbitantly high rent and living costs, it becomes all the more challenging. Sugandha Agarwal shares some tips on how to navigate the city without putting a hole through your wallet:

By: Sugandha Agarwal 252 reads | 0 comments
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Surviving Grad School 101

Communication, Art and Technology

After four gruelling years of attending lectures, turning in assignments and writing endless exams, grad school may seem far removed from most post-convocation plans. For those that are considering, Sugandha Agarwal, has 5 tips to help you get through. 

By: Sugandha Agarwal 248 reads | 0 comments
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Artificial Intelligence: A Threat to Humans?

artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is on the minds of many. With advancements in machine learning it seems that the future of intelligence on earth could look vastly different in the coming decades. So, what does that mean for us? Navya Malik, explores the risks and rewards in the age of A.I. 

By: Navya Malik 243 reads | 0 comments
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Community Cooking Workshops: Why We Love Them So Much

Health Peers

As a student, food is literally my life. I wish I was joking but food is how I bond with friends, how I cope with exams and what I use to wake myself up in the morning. 

By: Javairia Raza 1332 reads | 0 comments
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'Til We Meet Again

Convocation Reflections

Recently graduated, Jien Hilario reflects back on university, career choices, convocation and her blog series I Am Able. 

By: Jien Hilario 2534 reads | 0 comments
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5 Practical Study Tips for Learning Efficiently

Studying does not have to be painful nor require enormous amounts of time and effort. Discover how to become a more efficient learner with these five unconventional study tips. 

By: Vivyn Zhou 655 reads | 0 comments
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Indigenous Student Cultural House

Indigenous SFU Community Stories

The Indigenous Student Centre has collaborated with Residence and Housing to pilot the Indigenous Student Cultural House (ISCH), a new living and learning community available SFU Residence (Burnaby Campus).

By: Indigenous Student Centre 5107 reads | 0 comments
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4 Steps to Prepare for Graduating University

Career

If you’re steps away from graduating, read on to see how I prepared to make the post-graduation world less intimidating.

By: Aurora Chiu 791 reads | 0 comments
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#Goals: Lessons from Bo Sanchez

ENGAGE

Having a goal allows us to take aim and move forward. Jien, shares lessons in goal-setting from Bo Sanchez's How to Conquer your Goliaths. 

By: Jien Hilario 546 reads | 0 comments
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Dr. Stresslove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My English Degree

Academic Success

I was almost finished the semester, and I realized one tiny detail: I hated all my classes. This is the tale of how I followed my heart into an English degree, a network of professional contacts, and endless career possibilities. 

By: Elmira Bahrami Majd 580 reads | 0 comments
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Learning by Doing: How Co-op puts Theory into Practice

Co-op Reflections

Puneet Sran shares her experience from her most recent co-op with Verathon: "As someone who never imagined being an engineer, I have been extremely fortunate to work in such a technical field, among highly intelligent individuals". 

By: Puneet Sran 1137 reads | 0 comments
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The Right Versus the Wrong: Career Lessons from Johnny Bunko

I am Able

Success does not follow a linear path and neither will your career. Jien, shares some fundamental lessons from "the last career guide you'll ever need."

By: Jien Hilario 481 reads | 0 comments
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New Opportunities in a Changing Canada

Co-op

A co-op semester at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) allowed International Studies student, William Reid, to learn more about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people. Read more, here. 

By: William Reid 512 reads | 0 comments
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Depression in Universities Part I: What Every Student Needs to Know About Having Depression

Stigma

Mental illness can affect anyone. If our society is to help end the stigma, the first step is to gain knowledge on the subject. This blog post connects readers with what it is like to have depression. 

By: Sarah Saghah 825 reads | 0 comments
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Depression in Universities Part II: How You and Your University Can Help

Mental Health

Part two of our “Depression in Universities” series brings us to how you and your university can support those who are working to overcome mental illness. Keep on reading to learn how you can help end the stigma with depression. 

By: Sarah Saghah 752 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Your Calling: With Anisa Mottahed

Vocational Rehabilitation

When searching for your path, sometimes the best tool to help you find your way is to listen to other's stories. Jien, sits down with Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor Anisa Mottahed to learn how she found her calling. 

By: Jien Hilario 639 reads | 0 comments
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Working in an English-Speaking Environment

Environment

In today's global labour market, the ability to converse in a second language is an increasingly useful skill. Here, Jessica Tse shares some tips she learned as an international student from Hong Kong working in an English speaking environment. 

By: Jessica Tse 692 reads | 0 comments
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Too Legit To Quit (Your Job, That Is)

Work Search

How do you know if a job posting is legit? After applying to over 100 jobs, Jien has a few tips to help you decode that job posting. 

By: Jien Hilario 674 reads | 0 comments
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Working for Purpose, Not for Profit

Community Engagement

Applying for his first co-op placement, Business student, Jeffery Choi wanted a job that would be exciting and challenging, but more than anything, fulfilling. Looking for work with purpose, Jeff spent his first co-op as a Campaign Associate for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.  

By: Jeffery Choi 595 reads | 0 comments
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Thinking Outside the Box: How Volunteering Translates to Work Skills

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Criminology student, Rachel Tong shares how her volunteer experience helped her develop the marketing and community engagement skills neccesary for a co-op position with Parent Support Services of BC

By: Rachel Tong 772 reads | 0 comments
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Let’s Come Together Right Now

Culture

Every culture has a custom or tradition that unites people. Knowing this, international student, Dasha Mezenina set out to interview SFU students from around the world to find out: what tradition unites your nation? 

By: Dasha Mezenina 1148 reads | 0 comments
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Understanding Each Other is the Fundamental Approach to Making Friends

differences

SFU is a multicultural university, and there are a lot of students here with a variety of cultural backgrounds. Learning something new from others can help us get to know the world, broaden our horizons, and breakdown damaging stereotypes.

By: Mengxi (Catherine) Chen 1071 reads | 0 comments
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The Key to Building Resilience: Having Courage in Taking Action for Yourself

ENGAGE

As students, trying to balance our sanity while passing our courses, how can we adapt to this fast changing world? Belle shares her thoughts on ideas presented at Building Your Resilience, part of the SFU Public Square 2018 Community Summit - Brave New Work.

By: Belle Villar 805 reads | 0 comments
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Defeating Stress by Building Resilience

school

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 895 reads | 0 comments
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A Short Guide to Finding your Passion

Biomedical Research Lab

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 934 reads | 0 comments
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Five Things the Average Science Co-op Applicant Doesn’t Know

Co-op

"It’s normal to not hear back from interviewers." Wait, what?! Science student, Richard Hsia has some sage advice to ease your mind and sharpen your competitive edge in your co-op job search. 

By: Richard Hsia 546 reads | 0 comments
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Making Healthcare Accessible at Porton Health

Career Exploration

Working for a start-up provides opportunities to grow as a professional in an innovative environment. Here, Anosha Ashfaq shares how a co-op with Porton Health allowed her to flex her digital marketing skills in an environment where every day counts. 

By: Anosha Ashfaq 577 reads | 0 comments
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A Summer with Parks Canada

Co-operative Education

To be a member of Parks Canada's Toronto Urban Outreach you must first become an expert in the regions incredible national heritage sites. Environmental Science student, Francesca Marquez shares how exploring Canada's heritage sites prepared her to share her knowledge with the public during Canada's 150th anniversary. 

By: Francesca Marquez 305 reads | 0 comments
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Dress to Impress: Tips for Creating a Budget Friendly Workplace Wardrobe

Career Exploration

The transition from student to working professional isn’t so easy. While this new chapter in your life can be overwhelming, having an impressive wardrobe can do wonders for your confidence and sense of professionalism. 

By: Phoebe Baker 767 reads | 0 comments
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Saving the Environment - One Co-op at a Time!

Applied Sciences

Soroush Jafaryvahed set out to learn something new every day on his co-op with Ballard Power. The experience taught him that just because you are only with a company a short time, as as student, doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lasting impact. 

 

By: Soroush M. Jafaryvahed 246 reads | 0 comments
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Insights Into Working with a Global Tech Firm

Management Information Systems (MIS)

The tech sector is one of the world's fastest growing industries, making it the perfect place to launch a career. But where does that leave students with non-technical backgrounds? Following a coveted internship with SAP, Beedie student, Kevin Ng, shares his experience of working with a global tech firm. 

By: Kevin Ng 449 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 772 reads | 0 comments