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Summer Reading List

Personal Development

Summer! The one word that every Vancouverite perks up to every time they hear the word mentioned.  With exams just around the corner and the semester ending, everyone is surely looking forward to the end of the month so that they can start their summer plans. However, don’t let your brain rot away by not reading.

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Tips to Answer those Tough Interview Questions

interview questions

As we’re coming up to the end of the semester, most of us are thinking of looking for opportunities to work over the summer. As such, most of you are putting together your cover letter and resume, and maybe even your portfolio. Besides the research about the company, how do you prepare for those tough interview questions?

By: Mike Wong 8551 reads | 0 comments
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Careers of Today That Didn't Exist Yesterday

Career Exploration

It is interesting how quickly the world changes, especially when it comes down career options.  As you know, the labour market is definitely different today than it was ten years ago. Some careers have disappeared while others have surfaced. You have probably come across a new job title and wondered to yourself: “What on earth is that?” and “How do I get that job?” 

By: Mike Wong 5864 reads | 0 comments
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Cover Letters: Secrets to Capturing Your Employer’s Attention

Cover Letters

Cover letters. The bane of everyone’s work search. A great cover letter doesn’t just happen by itself; rather, it is the result of you taking the time to do your research, and writing effective and meaningful information in a few well-worded sentences.

By: Mike Wong 25701 reads | 0 comments
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Your Unpredictable Future: Where is Your Career Heading?

Career Exploration

When it comes to your career, predicting, planning or trying to figure out what you’ll be doing in the future is well…almost impossible. Did you know that 70% of post-secondary students revealed their career choices were significantly influenced by an unplanned event (Krumboltz and Levin, 2004)?

By: Mike Wong 3844 reads | 0 comments
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Backpack to Briefcase Recap: How to Leverage Your Online Presence to Land a Job

Work Search

When it comes looking for work today, the rules of engagement in this modern job-finding battle have changed. Gone are the days of simply dropping off your resume at the organizations you want to work for. Employers now have the power and omnipotent ability to shortlist applicants simply by searching for your name online.

By: Mike Wong 3687 reads | 0 comments
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Canada Summer Work Programs

Work Search

What are your plans for the summer SFU? Taking summer school or flying home for the summer?  You’re doing neither? Well, why not apply for a summer work program, offered by the Federal Government of Canada. The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP), provides full-time students with valuable work experience related to their field of study. If you have always wanted to gain relevant work experience that can be transferrable to future jobs, this is the place to start. 

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Looking for a Future Career? Come to the miniBIG Fair!

Volunteering

As the spring semester is coming to an end, it’s time to start planning your summer. Are you wondering what to do?  Do you wanting to do something different this summer?  Don't know where to start?  Career Services’s miniBIGFair – March 7 -- may be might be a good place to begin.

By: Mike Wong 4502 reads | 0 comments
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Use Social Media to find a Job: Attend our Backpack to Briefcase Conference

CSI Blog

Ever wondered what to do after graduation? How can you prepare yourself now for the “unknown” after you walk that stage? Don’t worry, these are questions that are asked by everyone during their university journey.

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The Indigenous Job Market

Indigenous Career

Did you know that persons of aboriginal descent represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population and they are currently underused in BC’s labour market? According to WorkBC, the aboriginal working-age population is expected to grow by more than 40 per cent by 2017.

By: Mike Wong 6548 reads | 0 comments
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Positive Work/Life Balance: Living Well to Learn Well

Life Balance

You may be feeling overworked and it may seem that you just don’t have enough time in your life to do anything, but rest assured, you are not alone. The whole work/life balance is a perception and opinion of one’s own priorities and values. People feel stressed because they find that they do not have time or missed out on a chance to do certain activities.

By: Mike Wong 3882 reads | 0 comments
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Work Smarter, Not Harder – Manage Your Time Effectively

CSI Blog

By managing your time effectively, you will be able to feel like you are on top of things, and be more productive, which will result in job satisfaction and most of all…more time to enjoy life!

By: Mike Wong 4813 reads | 0 comments
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Finding a Sustainable, Green, Career

Professional Development

Going green is a relatively new practice, and many employers are now interested in ensuring that they are doing everything that they can to be sustainable. So what does this mean to you, the student or new graduate? If you would like to look for new and emerging career possibilities in sustainability or the environment, a green career may be for you. So what exactly is a green career? According to ECO Canada (eco.ca), a green job, or career, is employment that contributes to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment.

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Get Involved: Engage Your Faculty!

Professional Associations and Clubs

We hope that you have settled into the groove of the new semester, having survived the chaotic first week of locating where your lecture is, and who the smartest-looking kid in your class is. While academics are of priority, you may want to consider how you might get involved with your faculty. Here’s an opportunity for you to expand your passion for what you are studying, be represented in your academic experience, and perhaps get some clarity about your career options and opportunities.

By: Mike Wong 4317 reads | 0 comments
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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

Personal Development

Many of you have made New Years’ resolutions, to either get in shape or study better for the Spring 2013 semester. However, we all know that it is easier said than done. Setting goals are easy, but accomplishing them is harder. So, to help, we will introduce (or re-acquaint) you with setting SMART goals. What is a SMART goal?

By: Mike Wong 5629 reads | 0 comments
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Join a Campus Club. You Will Become Awesome!

Life Balance

The start of the New Year usually means turning over a new leaf, and a fresh beginning to conquer whatever goal it is you wish to accomplish. While your mind is fresh from relaxing over the cheery winter holidays, you might think about what you would like to get involved in during the spring semester. There are many ways to help achieve your aspirations, and one of these methods is to help improve yourself…by joining a campus club!

By: Mike Wong 4752 reads | 0 comments
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Go International: Why you should travel, study, and work abroad!

CSI Blog

Have you ever considered travelling outside of Canada to work or study? Did you know that as an SFU student you have many opportunities to travel, and get credit for it? SFU International has an excellent exchange program in which you can work or study abroad!

By: Mike Wong 5635 reads | 0 comments
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The End of the Semester, the End of the Year: Time to Reflect

Life Experience

The end of the Fall semester, and 2012, is coming to a close. Some people believe in making new years’ resolutions with goals of bettering themselves, while some people are content with just letting the new year roll in. Instead of focusing on making future goals, why not reflect on everything that you have done this year?

By: Mike Wong 3960 reads | 0 comments
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Oh the Holidays: The Time to Keep Working…Socially.

Networking

Time flies and before you know it, you’ll be attending a lot of holiday parties, activities and social functions. Surprisingly however, these holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to be networking, building relationships, learning about diverse jobs, and starting career conversations that could assist you on getting a head start on your future career exploration and work search.

By: Mike Wong 3824 reads | 0 comments
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Interested in Teaching? Here are some potential work environments!

Professional Development

When most of us think of the profession “Teacher”, he automatically thinks of an elementary or high school teacher. Yet, there are many fields out there that require teachers or instructors to help teach and distribute knowledge.

By: Mike Wong 3723 reads | 0 comments
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Final Exams: Learning Through Teaching

Personal Development

Final exams are coming up, and many students are starting to hole up in the library. Most are familiar with studying for exams, by reading textbooks, listening to lectures, or participating in study sessions. Yet, there is another way to learn a subject, and that is to teach it. As they say, you do not know any subject well unless you are able to teach it to someone else!

By: Mike Wong 3693 reads | 0 comments
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Networking 101: Building Relationships and Selling Yourself!

Networking

The main benefit of networking, allows you to find jobs, meet new people, and build long lasting relationships for mutual benefit. Knowing the right people allows you to get to places that you might not be able to reach otherwise.

By: Mike Wong 4328 reads | 0 comments
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Personal Branding: You’re a Marketable Brand!

Personal Development

With the rise social media, personal branding is a hot topic that is discussed constantly. Your personal brand is basically how people perceive you, and how you market yourself to others. Many students may not be aware of the fact that they need to conduct themselves professionally online because their future employers are now looking at their online presence.

By: Mike Wong 3889 reads | 0 comments
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Are you an entrepreneur? Take a self-assessment test!

Career Exploration

People say that entrepreneurs are born while others say entrepreneurship can be taught. Whichever the case, being an entrepreneur does take passion, commitment and a strong work ethic. The ability to take risks, take leadership, and/or the ability to quickly adapt to changing scenarios are a few of skills needed to be an entrepreneur.

By: Mike Wong 4580 reads | 0 comments
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So you have a creative idea and want to start your business...here's some help!

Career Exploration

Who says that you have to have graduated university before you start your own business? In fact, you do not even have to be a business student to be an entrepreneur!

By: Mike Wong 3434 reads | 0 comments
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Job Search Strategies

Professional Development

Job searching. A big groan to be had by everyone, as searching for a job or career can be very daunting. However, the whole process gets easier the better you’re prepared.  The bottom line…. it is an ongoing process, but the more that you do it, the more natural and comfortable it will be for you. So, without further ado, here are some practical strategies to help you with your job search process.

By: Mike Wong 5483 reads | 0 comments
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Acing the Job Interview

CSI Blog

You submitted a stellar resume and landed an interview. Great! Now you have to ace the interview. At the interview, you will want to make a good impression, so make it count!  Here are some tips to give yourself an edge!

By: Mike Wong 4737 reads | 0 comments
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What does the future hold?

CSI Blog

You cannot predict jobs of the future. There are simply too many different factors at play to be able to know what work will look like down the road.

By: Mike Wong 3961 reads | 0 comments
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Finding Your Passion: Doing What You Love

Career Exploration

70,000 hours. To do what? Well, according to Gillian Watters, director of programs at KEYS Job Centre in Kingston, Ontario, 70,000 hours is the amount of time you will spend at your job over the course of a lifetime.  Read on to find out how you can spend 70,000 hours doing what you love.

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Want to Work for the Non-Profit Sector? 4 Reasons Why You should!

Work Search

People often overlook the non-profit sector, as an option to carve out a career, yet the sector can offer a lot of rewarding opportunities that may not be available in the public or private sector.

By: Mike Wong 3466 reads | 0 comments
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Convocation! 3 Things to Think About When Graduating

Career Services

The world is your oyster. How many times have you heard that already? In two days, you will have walked across that stage with your parchment in hand: a result of your four to five (or more) years of hard work. While we will leave all the emotional, heartfelt speeches to the esteemed speakers on stage, we decided to write a congratulatory and advice piece for those that will be receiving their diverse degrees, as well for students who will be graduating in the near future.

By: Mike Wong 10440 reads | 2 comments
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So you want to go to graduate school?

CSI Blog

Grad school...hmm? Should you go to graduate school right away, or is waiting and going travelling or to work right for you? You want to make sure you make the best decision for yourself. There are many factors that go into your decision, both personal and external ones, such as what your research interests are, if you want to stay close to home or move away, as well as your experience and most of all, your GPA. You face pressure from parents, and most of all, yourself.

By: Mike Wong 3990 reads | 0 comments
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Choosing Your Major? Unsure of your options?

Academic Success

For many students, picking a major and/or minor can be a very intimidating and daunting task. Should you major in Chemistry or go for a major in Communication with a concentration of Political Economy and Policy, or do a double minor in Linguistics and French?

By: Mike Wong 4359 reads | 0 comments
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4 days, 2 campuses, and one BIG FAIR!

Professional Development

On September, 17-20, SFU has seen one of its most successful career, graduate, and volunteer fairs to date! It facilitated lots of engagement and interaction between 3000+ students and the over 120 organizations who participated! For those that missed out, here is a recap of the event:

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Jobs on Campus!

CSI Blog

A lot of students do not realize that there are numerous opportunities to work at, or for SFU. Many of these student-oriented positions are geared towards the personal and professional development of the student, as well as to get a particular job done! Read on more to find out which organizations routinely hire:

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Recruitment Season! What's Happening On and Off Campus!

Career Exploration

So you have your awesome resume, excellent 30-second elevator pitch, and a ton of research on your favourite employers, the question is: Where can I go to meet/apply to these awesome employers? Well, here are a few things that are happening on, around, and off campus! A couple of tips for success: Do your research, ask questions, and keep your eyes and ears open, as there are tons of opportunities occurring everyday.

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Oh, September: The Time for On Campus Recruitment!

Professional Development

If you thought you are just getting the hang of the start of the semester, here is another fall semester tradition you may want to particpate in: recruitment season!

So, what is recruitment season all about? Here is our take on "On Campus Recruitment (OCR)".

By: Mike Wong 4962 reads | 0 comments
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Back to School! 5 tips on how to survive and prepare for the new semester!

Back to School

September is here, and as you are busy checking where your classes are and how much coffee you are going to buy for the next four months, it can be difficult to get back into the school routine. This is where we come in, so here is a list of useful tips and tricks to help start the year off right!

By: Mike Wong 7759 reads | 0 comments
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Welcome back to the new school year!

Professional Development

With a new semester means that you can turn over a fresh leaf, start new, as it is essentially a fresh start to the academic mindset. Forget whatever happened in the previous semesters; it is now time to think about the future and how to make the best of the new year, so here are some tips to get motivated and engaged!

By: Mike Wong 4627 reads | 0 comments