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Exiting my Comfort Zone While Entering a Global Business Team

Co-operative Education

Creating a comfort zone is a healthy adaptation for much of our lives. But so is stepping out of our comfort zone when it's time to transition, grow, and transform. Anna shares her story and reassures that despite the process being difficult at the beginning, it's worthy of gained skills and self-confidence.

By: Anna Khomich 103 reads | 0 comments
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No More Counting Sheep

Top Tip Lists

Many people struggle to fall asleep. Oftentimes, most of us find ourselves lying in bed, unable to sleep because of thoughts racing through our heads. In this article Elvina shares five ways she clears her mind to ensure that she is going to bed feeling calm.

By: Elvina Prasad 244 reads | 0 comments
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Reflecting on a New Kind of Uncertainty: a Note of Encouragement to Fellow Co-op Students

Co-op

"Losing your job in a pandemic is of no individual fault. COVID-19 has been one heck of a less-than-gentle reminder that each and every one of us has a stake in what sort of collective future it is that we shape through and after this difficult time. And that, is hopeful." - Read Sicellia’s reflection on the situation with our future and the future of a job market affected by the pandemic.

By: Sicellia Tsui 457 reads | 0 comments
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Working for an Essential Service During a Global Pandemic

OLC Blog
"When you work at a non-profit, you will notice one extraordinary and unanimous thing; everyone’s heart is in their work. And during a pandemic, when so many of those we serve are in desperate need, this dedication is clearer than ever." -- Communication Co-op student, Juliette Halliday, highlights working for a non-profit organization as it responds in the face of a pandemic. 
By: Juliette Halliday 849 reads | 0 comments
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How to Keep Yourself Busy, but Not Too Busy

Life Balance

Everyday, you’re bombarded with content from others on social media on ways to be productive during quarantine. The reality is that you don’t have to make the most of a pandemic. Alan provides helpful tips on keeping yourself busy, but not too busy.

By: Alan Bradaric 194 reads | 0 comments
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Leave Work Where It Belongs

Pandemic

It's hard finding a balance between work and life in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Like many others, Eleanor experienced a shift in her routine, from maintaining a work life balance to that of an unstructured mess.  However, she also knows it's important to take care of your mental health, especially during this time. Read more to find out some tips Eleanor have been using to ensure her professional and personal life stays distinguished.  

By: Eleanor Wong 197 reads | 0 comments
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Summer Volunteer Opportunities for SFU Students During COVID

Communication

COVID has made it tougher to find jobs this summer, but there are still some good opportunities to expand your skillset through volunteering – even if you are stuck at home. Whether you are looking for remote opportunities or want to support front line workers, here are some ideas to navigate your search.

By: Sara Rahnama 1175 reads | 0 comments
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Disconnected: Working Remotely from Vietnam

Communication, Art and Technology

Due to the unprecedented situation surrounding COVID-19, many students are struggling to adapt to their new work environment. Thuy An continues her story of how COVID-19 has impacted her life, and how she adapted to working remotely in another country. Read on to find out more about Thuy An’s remote work journey.  

By: Thuy An Lam 289 reads | 0 comments
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How the Pandemic Turned my Life Upside Down: One Co-op Student’s Story

Communication

The impact of the coronavirus has been felt by everyone across the country but how has the experience been for coop students? Thuy An shares her story on how through proactive thinking from loved ones and support from co-op coordinators and supervisors, she was able to book a flight home to join her family while making the necessary arrangement to work remotely.

By: Thuy An Lam 775 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Summer Work During COVID? Here’s Where to Find Jobs

Summer Jobs

If your summer job was cancelled, you’re not alone. Students are facing tough summer job prospects due to COVID, but there are opportunities out there. Here are the industries and companies hiring. 

By: Jill Eddy 3962 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Back on Your Feet When You Lose Your Job During A Pandemic?

Career Exploration

Did you happen to lose your job due to COVID-19? Well, you’re not alone. Here are some tips and resources to help you get back on your feet in no time!

By: Joane Thompson 536 reads | 0 comments
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6 Ways to Improve Communication When Working Remotely

Pandemic

Within days, our team of 12 dwindled down as students ended their terms, returned home, and our remaining team switched to working remotely. Although our team specializes in online work, communications is still one of our biggest challenges. Based on the past month of my remote working experience, I am going to share some tips on how to improve communication in teams.

By: Joane Thompson 247 reads | 0 comments
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4 Things I Learned Working Remotely During a Pandemic

Empathy in the Workplace

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. With this news came many unprecedented changes to people’s lives, including their jobs. I worked remotely during this time, and I learned, unlearned, and affirmed some things about working during a crisis.

By: Janani Ravikularam 442 reads | 0 comments
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Surviving the Shift to Remote Work

Pandemic

Have you stopped commuting to work? No more walks to your favourite local coffee shop? Stuck at home working on your tiny laptop? Maria and her team are figuring out new ways for effective communication your teammates while staying sane. She realized that she's not the only student struggling while undergoing the shift. To learn more about the resources that helped Maria turned her hectic reality a bit more manageable and enjoyable, read on.

By: Maria Tarasyuk 1072 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience During an Ongoing Pandemic

Health Sciences

This was my second co-op semester and it started off similar to my first, but little did I know that this work term would be completely different. Having already had experience in an office environment, things went smoothly as I picked up my work tasks in stride. The first couple of months on the job flew by compared to what was to come. 

By: Ethan Malcom 431 reads | 0 comments
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Working Remotely in a New Job in a New City During COVID-19

School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT)

Two short months into April's co-op position in Toronto, the pandemic hit. Would she choose to make the same decision of moving out of town for her co-op term given a second chance? Read more to find how she transitioned to remote working, and what lessons she gained through her experience working from home, away from home. 

By: April Zhang 302 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Co-op

communication

Thinking about doing a co-op term but not sure how to have a successful experience? Starting a co-op term for the first time can be daunting. Here are a few tips to make the best out of your co-op opportunity. 

By: Cooper White 148 reads | 0 comments
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Staying Connected in an Isolated World

Health & Counselling Services

One would think self-isolation was an introvert’s dream; however, it has only emphasized the need for social connection in a time where it's crucial to be practicing physical distancing and self-isolating. Read Elvina’s top five ways to stay connected with others. 

By: Elvina Prasad 1189 reads | 0 comments
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Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine

Health Sciences

After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all.  I can not control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this...

By: Eileen Feliciano 99839 reads | 0 comments
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Go Fund Your Graduate Degree – A Guide to Five Academic Sources of Funding

Opportunities

The prospect of pursuing a graduate degree can be hampered by the inability to fund such studies. Srijani discusses five strategies that can help you pay for a graduate degree without breaking into your bank account!

By: Srijani Datta 173 reads | 0 comments
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Zzz’s Get Degrees

SFU Health & Counselling

When we think of health, nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being come to mind. Sleep, on the other hand, is often neglected, resulting in serious repercussions on health and academics. To combat this, check out these tips on how to optimize your shut eye.

By: Eleanor Wong 411 reads | 0 comments
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Your Health Matters In The Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health is integral to your growth in the workplace; which Elvina expands upon in her unique and enlightening experience as a Marketing & Outreach Assistant with SFU Health & Counselling Service. Read on to find out how it is important to look after your well-being while being motivated and productive in your workplace.

By: Elvina Prasad 524 reads | 0 comments
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Career Guidance For Rookies: A Q & A with a Coop Student

Business

How would you explain co-op to high school students or how would you explain your journey to discover your career path? While a co-op student, Julie was asked to participate as a panelist for high school students visiting Teck Resource Limited.  She shares her experience as a panelist and co-op advocate in this Q & A summary. 

By: Julie Nguyen 273 reads | 0 comments
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Imposter Syndrome and the Benefits of a 16-month Internship at IBM

SIAT Co-op

"So how do you overcome that voice inside your head, telling you that you’re not good enough and that it’s only a matter of time before someone finds out you’re a fake?". Read Josh's story to learn how he overcame the imposter syndrome during his internship as a designer for IBM. 

By: Joshua Fan 221 reads | 0 comments
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Take Initiative & Leave Your Mark: Insight Into Working In A Multidisciplinary Medical Clinic.

Co-op Reflections

Make an impact by breaking ground with new ideas and spearheading new proposals. Taking Initiative can have a long-lasting impact on one’s career. Read about how I jumped out of my comfort zone and directed the start of the Active Rehabilitation program in a multidisciplinary medical clinic.

By: Daniel Salazar Giraldo 464 reads | 0 comments
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How to “Buckle up your Elbows” and Thrive at your Co-op: Tips from an Israeli in her First Co-op

Co-op

"There's a phrase in Israel, "buckle up your elbows" which means that it's time to hustle. This is exactly what brought me to the place where I'm writing to you right now." -- read Kim's story and learn how you can achieve anything with enough courage and motivation.

By: Kim Bassan 853 reads | 0 comments
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A Step in the Right Direction – How I Thrived in a Data-driven Marketing Culture

Marketing [SRY]

"I walked in excited (and of course, nervous) for the first day of my co-op term at Allocadia. Fast forward to eight months later, I can say, with every inch of confidence in my body, that I have never felt more accomplished, more confident, and more resourceful". Read Sharan's story to see how he developed his career in a data-driven marketing industry. 

By: Sharan Janjikhel 329 reads | 0 comments
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Think You Know Where You Want To Work? Think Again.

Co-operative Education

Convinced that you need to work at a large company for the ultimate experience?  Think again! Darren emphasizes why choosing a small or  mid-sized firm will add more variety and substance to your co-op experience.

By: Darren Sin 172 reads | 0 comments
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To Graduate or Not to Graduate?

Co-op

What happens when you are six courses away from graduation but unsure of what to do after? Aleisha reflects on her rationale for extending her degree to do some soul searching and professional development before embarking on her next big adventure, post grad life.

By: Aleisha Fernandes 290 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Tech-E Program – Refayet Siam’s Most Gratifying Experience

Interview

The Tech-E program is a unique program at SFU where students conceive their own solution driven product with the guidance of industry experts. Strategy Lead of Novion, President of the Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student Society, and the Co-President of Technovus, Refayet Siam, shares his experience and thoughts on the Tech-E program through a Q&A! 

By: Brindan Ramalingam 176 reads | 0 comments
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How To Work With Developers (For Designers)

Zeplin

Worried about succeeding in the workplace as a designer and developer? Especially an intense and speedy one? Read on to discover Macguire tips has picked up while working at Visier, an analytics platform.  

By: Macguire Rintoul 207 reads | 0 comments
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How to Manage Multiple Projects During Your Co-op

Co-op

While many skills transfer from the academic to the work world, last-minute submissions and all-nighters simply won’t cut it at top-notch companies. Marina condenses all her experience in her co-op assignments with some valuable tips on efficient project management.

By: Marina Dratwa 194 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Seasons

Co-operative Education

"In the workplace, change is often chosen for us." Read on as Jessica shows how a change in workplace personnel can have a big effect on you personally as well as professionally.

 

By: Jessica Dickson 132 reads | 0 comments
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What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

Edenspiekermann

Earning a co-op internship, especially internationally, can be tough but once you earn the opportunity it can be a wonderful learning experience. Nikita was accepted for a UX design internship in Amsterdam and faced some unforeseeable challenges. Read on to find out some of the key lessons that Nikita took away from her experience.

By: Nikita Tauro 280 reads | 0 comments
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My Long Journey Through Computing Science

opportunity

Paul takes us on his journey as a Software Systems student and how a field trip helped to inspire him to greater heights eventually, helping him to land his dream job. His journey highlights the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity given to us as students.

By: Paul Madeya 233 reads | 0 comments
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Do, Learn, and Grow: Valuable Lessons from Company Values

Working Students

"Learn. As students, we hear this word a lot in school, but what does that really mean in the working environment?"-Read on as Travia delves into her personal experience of growth in the workplace.

By: Travia Mok 245 reads | 0 comments
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How My Student Club Involvements Scored Me My First Co-op - Recruiter Perspective

Business

Joining a student club is an excellent way to develop transferrable skills! Olivia shares how her campus involvement not only helped with skill development and securing a co-op position, it eased the transition and helped differentiate Olivia from her peers. In her own words: "If you want to be one step closer to finding your dream co-op, I suggest starting with community involvement!"

By: Olivia Chan 338 reads | 0 comments
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Cultural Competence and Working Abroad

Communication Across Culture

Have you landed an International Co-op work-term and begun preparing for your semester abroad? Surely, you have done your research and are aware of the cultural differences and nuances between where you are going, and your home country? If you haven’t, have no fear! This article is meant to help you understand the basic tips and tricks to adjust to the cultural differences in your new workplace, making your transition much easier.

By: Gursahib Gill 148 reads | 0 comments
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International Co-op: Is Not-For-Profit The Right Fit For You?

OLC Blog

Are you looking for an International Co-op with a not-for-profit organization? Are you torn between finding a job you like and something that pays well? Are you wondering whether you will be able to gain valuable skills and knowledge from working for a not-for-profit? Continue reading this article for more information about how to look for International co-op opportunities with not-for-profits, funding scares, and takeaways.

By: Gursahib Gill 167 reads | 0 comments
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Table for One Please!: Solo Travelling Abroad

self directed co-op

Have you ever considered travelling alone? Does it make your nervous? Well, you are not alone. There are many benefits to travelling alone and what better way to experience another country and culture than through a short-term International Co-op term? Read on to learn some tips & tricks when travelling alone.

By: Gursahib Gill 159 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse Into The Privy Council Office – Part 1 of 2

Government of Canada

In this first part of the series, Troy Liu sits down with the senior policy asdivsor at the Privy Council Office (PCO) to gain insight on the challenges of the role. Read on to see what adivce the senior policy advisor gives on professional development, and work-life balance.

By: Troy Liu 147 reads | 0 comments
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A Glimpse into the Privy Council Office – Part 2 of 2

Co-op

In part two of this series, Troy Liu gets the chance to attend a meet and greet with the Clerk of the Privy Council and the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Read on to learn what the Clerk had to say on the importance of prioritizing, good judgement, stiving for excellence, and professionallism. 

By: Troy Liu 117 reads | 0 comments
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Real Talk: Is An International Co-op Worth It?

International Co-op

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

By: Gursahib Gill 188 reads | 0 comments
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Take a Chance: The Co-op Edition

Career Exploration

In my first semester, I had no idea what type of co-op position I was looking for. This was somewhat stressful, but what helped was keeping an open mind to a range of positions, and taking a chance!

By: Alexander Kler 351 reads | 0 comments
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Finance Co-op – Tips for Succeeding in the Workplace

Business Analyst

Working in a professional finance position can be challenging as it involves precise budgeting and planning, dealing with multiple projects simultaneously, and making big decisions. Read to learn Ricky's top tips on how to overcome such obstacles and succeed in the workplace. 

By: Ricky Ly 237 reads | 0 comments
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My Journey to Understanding the Importance of Intercultural Communication

Culture Clashing

"I realized that as time went on, I was having difficulties connecting and adapting to this new culture I believe this sprouted from the strong language barrier and my inability to communicate with most of my co-workers". Read Aileen's story about how she overcame culture clashing and engage in intercultural communication. 

By: Aileen Saadatmand 229 reads | 0 comments
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The Importance Of Coffee Breaks: Friends, Coffee, Fun. All While Working In An Enterprise.

SkyTrain

Coffee breaks provide an opportunity to take your eye away from the screen, gather your thoughts, and the chance to network with colleagues. For a project to be successful, it is vital to be able to work well with others while managing your own work load. Terry explains how coffee breaks can help you build relationships and bonds with colleagues!

By: Terry Zhu 196 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Helped Me Engage With the Community

GSC

Looking to succeed in Co-op while making the most of your experience? Natalia shares the best lessons she has gained her during co-op experience, and explains how to stay on top of your tasks while still enjoying the experience and having fun!

By: Natalia Vinueza Vanegas 188 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash

Co-operative Education

 "It's two hours past lunchtime, and you're starting to feel it - you slowly start to doze off."  read 5 tips from Bessie that will help you to avoid the mid-day crush.

By: Bessie Wong 1349 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Over Imposter Syndrome at Your Co-op

Event Summaries

"A lot of students going through their co-op terms have the same fear – as a student, how should one cope transitioning into an office environment with smart and experienced professionals? The simple answer to this issue is to be confident!" 

By: Daniel Cossio 304 reads | 0 comments
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Why Work At a Start-Up? My Co-op Term at Tradable Bits

Co-op

After doing her co-op for a start-up, Margaret Leong shares 6 reasons why you should do it too! Read the article and find out why working at a start-up can be so rewarding. 

By: Margaret Leong 307 reads | 0 comments
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My Experience as a Co-op at Simba Technologies, Division of Magnitude Software

Computing Science

Ever wondered how academic work and practical application can overlap? Ivan reflects on his co-op experience on how the work environment provided him with an opportunity to sharpen his technical expertise and social skills. His experience captures how a co-op term can be helpful in shaping one’s future career.

By: Ivan Hoo 255 reads | 0 comments
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Taking The Next ‘Big’ Step: Working at The Canada Revenue Agency

Government of Canada

Considering whether you want to work at a small company or a large organization? Try out both! Enjoying the support and intimate company culture while working at a small company, I was worried about my work going unnoticed and a lack of communication at a large organization. Find out how wrong I was!

By: Matthew Lee 324 reads | 0 comments
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SFU’s Health and Counselling Services: More Than Just Your Average School Clinic

Co-op Reflections

SFU's Health and Counselling Services are offering incredible services and events to help students deal with the stress and anxiety that school life brings. So why aren't more students taking advantage of these services? Mutinta, who worked with HCS, brings awareness to many of the awesome resources HCS provides.

By: Mutinta Bbela 362 reads | 0 comments
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Top 5 Things I Learned Working With The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP

The transition from a normal part-time job to a full-time, career-defining position is not always easy. Read on to find out how Hayley faces her challenges as well as providing 5 valuable strategies to make the most of your co-op experience.

By: Hayley Patrus 345 reads | 0 comments
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Is Co-op Worth It?

Communique

To do or not to do? In this article, Thuy An talks about the pros of the co-op program and how it can benefit your future career. 

By: Thuy An Lam 779 reads | 0 comments
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So, You Got a Big Girl Job — How to Navigate the World of Adults

Communique

If you think you can't fit in this intimidating world of adults, Lauren will help you with her awesome tips!

By: Lauren Borean 957 reads | 0 comments
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Gzowski 2019: Intership with CBC

Co-operative Education

"I cried the day I heard that I had won the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski Internship" Sonya shares her story on how she ended up being an intern at CBC Radio and why it's so important to not give up on your dreams. 

By: Sonya Hartwig 1212 reads | 0 comments
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Social Media 101: 4 Tips to Ace Social Media Management for an Institution out of Your Expertise

Co-op Reflections

Curious how to run social media for a company out of your expertise? Take a look at Cristyn's article, where she reveals the best approaches to social media management and get ready to work in the field!

By: Cristyn Fung 994 reads | 0 comments
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3 Myths About Working in the Technology Industry Out of Town

Co-op

Working in a technological industry as a non-tech student is much more exciting as you might have thought of it. Hilda shares her experience and debunks three myths about this niche.

By: Hilda Martin Kasyanju 1192 reads | 0 comments