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Eat Well to Excel

Diet

We all have busy schedules and finding the “time” to eat well can be part of the challenge. I often hear, “But I don’t have time” or “If I have a chance I will try to grab something.” Despite a busy lifestyle, eating well will help you maintain your energy and your brain power so you can succeed.

By: Rosie Dhaliwal 27813 reads | 0 comments
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The Key to a Great Cover Letter: Deconstructing the Job Description

cover letter

Feeling nervous or unqualified as you apply for a job? Struggling to set yourself apart? Learn how to deconstruct the job description so that you can feel comfortable marketing yourself in your cover letter!

By: coopcom 52735 reads | 0 comments
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Resume Tips from the BC Public Service

Cover Letters

Getting your foot in the door with an organization isn’t always easy, but there is help. If you’re looking for a position with the BC Public Service, they’ve offered up some resume tips to help hopefuls get to the next stage of selection.

By: coopcom 34772 reads | 0 comments
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Nailing Interviews Part 2: In the Interview

Career Services

We last left off during the pre-departure training for the grand mission known to everyone as an interview. Catch up with the trainees as they go into their next campaign - the actual interview.

By: Kelsey Newsham 18845 reads | 0 comments
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Tips for Co-op Lightning Round Success

Co-operative Education

While it is a stressful time in the semester with exams and final projects upcoming, it doesn’t need to be for Co-op students. A large number of students are placed during Lightning Round and it’s a great time to find out about positions you may not have previously considered.

By: coopcom 10030 reads | 0 comments
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Marcia Tells it Like it Is: Cover Letter Info You Oughta Know

Cover Letters

She's told you again and again, and now she isn't holding anything back! Communication Co-op Coordinator Marcia Shimizu gives the dirt on what not to do when writing a cover letter.

By: coopcom 36579 reads | 0 comments
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The Nuts and Bolts of International Co-op

International

This is a myth buster on some of student’s misconceptions about International Co-op. Test your own knowledge with a short true and false quiz and discover the truth about International Co-op!

By: SFU OLC Host 20095 reads | 0 comments
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Become "LinkedIn" To Online Networking

Internet

Social networking websites like Facebook are becoming an increasingly popular way to keep in touch with friends and family. But did you know that there is a social utility specifically designed to help you network with co-workers and other professionals in your industry?

By: coopcom 6250 reads | 0 comments
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Top 10 Reasons I Won't Hire You

Co-operative Education

Ever wished you could get into the mind of an employer to find out what not to do during an interview and what might cause your résumé and cover letter to be relegated to the “not worth considering” pile? Co-op employer Shona Taner lists her Top 10 tips on how to avoid that fate.

By: Shona Taner 31924 reads | 0 comments
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Practical Ways of Getting Fit

Stress

You're a full time student AND you're working or volunteering. As a result, you haven't been to the gym the past month and you've been eating fast food at least once a week. Does this sound a lot like you? If it does, we have some practical and easy tips for you on how you make time to keep in shape.

By: Kelvin Claveria 19235 reads | 0 comments
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Mix and Match your International Adventure!

Work Search

With a little creativity and some careful planning, you can stack and simultaneously complete your international activities to accomplish one long international adventure. For example, you can combine an international academic exchange with an international Co-op work term.

 
By: Courtney Novotny 15486 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Going Green: Employer Highlights: Vancity and BC Used Oil

Environment

During "SFU's Sustainability Week" the OLC features two outstanding 'green' companies. So what does this 'greening' look like in the workplace? Find out how workplace sustainable practices are changing the way Vancity and BC Used Oil do business.

By: Kelsey Newsham 6844 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Student Travel: Online Inspiration and Resources

International Co-op

The idea of  living and travelling abroad can seem daunting and out of reach at times,  especially for students already living on a budget in their home country. Luckily, there are an abundance of online resources  to help alleviate some of this stress, as well as provide inspiration and tips  for making the most of your time abroad.

By: Courtney Novotny 5502 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Make a Difference This Holiday Season

Volunteering

There is no better time to think about helping others than during the traditional season of giving. And because many charitable organizations kick into high gear during the holidays, there is no shortage of opportunities to contribute your time and talents. So why not try volunteering this holiday season?

By: coopcom 16294 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Tips for Writing Effective E-Mail

Workplace

For many of us, "business writing" now means e-mail. It's the medium we use most often to communicate ideas and information to colleagues, managers, clients and the world at large. And if we want the e-mail we send to help us meet our goals, we need to stop thinking of it as something we can just "dash off." Read more here.

By: Janis Fisher Chan & Natasha Terk 13574 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

My Summer In Whistler

Co-operative Education

For Laura Lush's fourth Co-op work-term she had the opportunity to work with Tamwood International College in beautiful Whistler, BC. Read about her experience here.

By: Laura Lush 13792 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Blogging: is it for you?

Blog


thumbnail picture With all the current technology, such as blogs, websites, emails and social networking software, staying in touch with friends and family has never been easier. How do you determine which technology is right for your needs? What is the difference between a blog and a website? Read on to find out more.

By: coopcom 20609 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Co-op Japan: 9-month Internship at NTT, Yokosuka, Japan

Work Integrated Learning

thumbnail pictureCo-op Japan: 9 months in Japan can seem like a long time away from the comforts of SFU. But as we all know, if you’re having fun, time flies. For Duncan Chan, all he saw was time fly as he experienced life in Japan like no other. He worked his Co-op work terms, developed friendships, and gained new skills he can utilize in the future – everything he did in Japan was that once in a lifetime opportunity and he took it until the very end.

By: coopcom 23792 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Facebook and Your Co-op Term

Social Networking

The cold, hard fact is that Facebook may be putting your job at risk, and not just because you’re writing on your friends’ Walls when you should be working. This said, co-op students: please take heed of the following guidelines and maintain your all-important professional poise.

By: Christy Kazulin 16992 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Jeannie Chan: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Quality Analyst

Meet Jeannie Chan, a Computing Science and Statistics student who convocated this June. Shes completed a total of five Co-op work terms, and has been able to develop an impressive set of skills, helping her to land a full-time job! Read on to learn all about her experiences.

By: Anu Chouhan 7026 reads | 0 comments
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Canadian Co-op Adventure

Canada



    Tired of the same ol Vancouver scene?  Want to travel, but think you cant because your student bank account is plummeting somewhere in the negatives?  If you said yes to both these questions, sounds like youre suffering from a classic case of travel bug blues.  But dont worry, theres a simple solution to your ailment.  Start searching for co-op jobs out of town!

By: coopcom 5279 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

A World Without Borders

Arts and Social Sciences

Meet some SFU students who are part of Engineers Without Borders, working to bring aid to African countries. Students from all faculties are encouraged to get involved.

By: coopcom 19501 reads | 0 comments
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Travel to India and Beyond: Working for Tata

International

Tata, one of India’s largest business conglomerates, is looking to Canada for international interns. Does an international internship with a company established with 98 operating companies in seven business sectors interest you? Read on to find out more about Tata.

By: coopcom 19686 reads | 0 comments
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Speed Networking: Not for the Soft-Spoken

LOT

Keep hearing that networking is the key to professional success, but unsure of how to go about doing it? The Vancouver Board of Trade's first ever Speed Networking event brought together students, mentors and representatives of the business community for 2 hours of intense contact building. Widely attended and well received, this event proved that networking can be an enjoyable affair. 

By: Adam Brayford 8906 reads | 0 comments
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Science and Environment Supervisor Recognition Award Winner: Dr. Paul Rennie!

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

As an outstanding leader, mentor and Co-op supervisor, Dr. Paul Rennie, Director of Research at the Prostate Centre at VGH, is the deserving recipient of the Science & Environment Co-op Supervisor Recognition Award.

By: coopcom 19404 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Understanding Balance

Student Development

When someone on campusasks you “how are you doing?” what do you usually say? More often than not it seems the answer is “busy” because, let’s face it, SFU students ARE busy.

By: Kelly White 19660 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Survival Guide 101: Keys to Office Survival

workplace health

Welcome to Office Life 101. A wealth of friendly advice for the first time or inexperienced co-op student, and some advice as to what is required of you to not only survive, but to flourish in an office environment.

By: Kamil Karamali 17299 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

"googlable+women"

Google

What brings together a ceiling-hung spaceship, a T-Rex skeleton and 200 women in Computing Science? Why, none other than the 2008 Google Workshop for Women Engineers. Read on to find out how three SFU representatives made their mark at the California-based Googleplex.

By: coopcom 6843 reads | 0 comments
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Opting for the Extracurricular: An Interview with PR Exec Stephanie Vicic

Professional Associations and Clubs


Trying to decide whether devoting your time to a club or professional association is right for you? Public Relations Executive, IABC member and former Communication Co-op student Stephanie Vicic gives insight into the value of pursuing the extracurricular. Read on!

By: coopcom 17956 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program: What You Need to Know

Citizenship

Attention to all international SFU students! Are you preparing to enter the Canadian workforce soon? If so, the transition has just been made easier for you, courtesy of the federal government.

By: coopcom 16569 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Josh Pablo, Results System Tester for VANOC

Co-op

Classroom, volunteer and Co-op experience led SFU Alumus Josh Pablo to an exciting and challenging position with VANOC, preparing for the 2010 Olympic Games. Read on for more about Josh’s road to 2010 and for more on volunteering for VANOC.

By: coopcom 18009 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Kaili Rand: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Athletics

Upon graduation in June 2008, Kaili Rand had achieved the highest cumulative GPA in her faculty, maintained a balance between her schoolwork and volunteering, and has been accepted into medical school. Did I also mention she’s a Co-op student?

By: coopcom 12783 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Volunteering For All the Right Reasons

Community Engagement

Volunteering overseas can be a great way to see the world and gain experience. But you should be conscious of the ethical implications of your international volunteer experience. Read more here.

By: coopcom 19740 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Starting a Career in Communications with IABC

Communications

Co-op student Arthur Yee explores his career path in Communications by getting involved in professional events presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

By: Arthur Yee 20324 reads | 0 comments
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How to: Apply to Co-op

OLC

You’ve heard about SFU’s Co-operative Education Program and you want to be a part of it, but aren’t sure how to get started? Not sure when to apply or where? Read on for more information and for our easy application guide.

By: coopcom 18521 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Voting: Child's Play?

Volunteering

As a democratic country, voting is our primary way as citizens to contribute to the way our country is run, and yet in the last election only 65% of Canadians turned out at the polls - part of a trend that has seen a steady decline over the last ten years. In the 18-24 demographic only 44% cast a vote! Is this a political stance against the choices available or do Canadians (especially young Canadians) just not care?

By: coopcom 12107 reads | 0 comments
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On Assignment in India

India

On a special assignment for the university, SFU Volunteer & Service Learning Coordinator Trina Isakson visited community leaders in and near Barhampur village, in Punjab province of India. Her mission: to establish an ongoing opportunity for SFU students to work and volunteer in the culturally vibrant region.

By: coopcom 11894 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

David Skerik: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

David Skerik's time as an undergraduate political science student could be described as the ultimate balancing act. The end result of achieving this balance was exceptional grades, a busy family life and valuable co-op work term experiences that allowed him to participate in important work for Canada's First Nations communities.

By: coopcom 18356 reads | 0 comments
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Suzanne Young: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Spain

For Suzanne Young, SFUs Co-op program was an immense part of her undergraduate experience. As a graduate in Linguistics and French, she reflects back on her experiences as a Co-op student.

By: coopcom 17874 reads | 0 comments
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Share Your Stories and Ideas with the Online Learning Community

Knowledge Sharing

Have you ever thought about writing for the OLC? Or maybe you have ideas for topics you're interested in reading about? Either way, we want to hear from you! Check out this article for helpful tips and guidelines for submitting your articles or ideas to the OLC.

By: coopcom 16135 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Alumni Success Story: Heather Mosher

Computing Science

SFU alumnus Heather Mosher is applying her SFU Mathematics degree to her career as a teacher.

By: coopcom 24817 reads | 0 comments
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High Demand for Math Undergraduates

Mathematics Department
It's time to re-evaluate what the traditional definition of a degree in mathematics means. With complementary studies in business, computing science and more, mathematics undergrads are in high demand as they bring a diverse set of skills to the workplace. What do employers love about students studying for a degree in math? Read on to find out more...
By: coopcom 18626 reads | 0 comments
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Thank You from the Online Learning Community

Volunteering

As we wrap up 2008, the OLC would like to extend a special thank you to everyone, and highlight some of our outstanding 2008 Community builders.

By: coopcom 21099 reads | 0 comments
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Reaching for Gold: Co-op leads Tina Morabi to career with VANOC

Co-op

It is a Co-op student's dream to land a job right after graduation
because of their work experience. Better yet, to land that job because
you worked for them as a Co-op student. That was the case for Tina
Morabi; her co-op job with VANOC landed her a full time position upon
graduation.

By: coopcom 17743 reads | 0 comments
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Life in Botswana: Jumping in with both feet

Co-operative Education

For four months Jessica Kehler traveled across the world to Botswana, working with Holy Cross Hospice, a non-profit organization that uses a holistic approach to treating terminal HIV/AIDS patients. Upon her return, the OLC sat down to learn about a country known for its diamond mining, tourism, and sadly, HIV/AIDS.

By: Jessica Kehler 5557 reads | 0 comments
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English Alumnus Finds Work in Social Development through SFU Co-op

Arts and Social Sciences
Nicole Skuce, Arts and Social Sciences Co-op alumnus, was able to use her networking skills to turn one of her Co-op work terms into a career. Read on to discover how she effectively used her time at SFU as a stepping stone to her current position.
By: coopcom 4855 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Work Term in Gaborone: Part 1 - Dumela (Hello) Botswana

My Co-op Work Term in Gaborone

Health Sciences Co-op student Kaleigh Banister is spending the spring semester in Gabarone on a Co-op work term with the Cancer Association of Botswana. In Part 1 of her series, Kaleigh arrives in Gabarone and begins to adjust to life in the slow lane.

By: Kaleigh Banister 5949 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Students Seeking Jobs Hopeful Despite the Economy

WIL

There is hope for students thinking about jobs and careers – pre and post graduation. Despite a wavering economy, employers are hiring – but with a twist.

By: coopcom 14998 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Communication: So You Love Advertising, But Don’t Know How to Get in the Door

Skill Building

With a love for marketing and advertising, Communication student Lilian Sue discovers how to break into the industry and finds great online resources to improve one's creativity skills during her search.

By: coopcom 13746 reads | 0 comments
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And the winners of the 2008 WIL Photo Contest are…

WIL

Winners from the 2008 WIL Photo Contest are announced!

By: coopcom 12604 reads | 0 comments
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Volunteer Profile: Emmanuel Krebs

Community Engagement

While many entered the WIL photo contest, only one emerged victorious in the category of Community Engagement. We chatted with Emmanuel Krebs about his photo “Recess”, taken while volunteering abroad in Rwanda.

By: coopcom 12154 reads | 0 comments
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Computing Science: Co-op Student Profile: Vanessa Wong

Applied Sciences

Learn about CS Co-op student Vanessa Wong’s exciting experiences at ArtStarts and IBM, her second and third Co-op work terms. Currently in her fourth year of studies, Vanessa is working towards completing a joint major in Computing Science and Business Administration.

By: coopcom 24418 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

The Way for SFU is a United Way

Volunteering

All of the hype about the United Way on campus these days is hard to miss. From the announcement board on the drive up the hill to the giant thermometer at the entrance to the ASB from B-lot, you would have to be living under a rock not to notice all of the commotion. But what is the United Way and what is the connection to SFU?

By: coopcom 18913 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Handshakes from Around the World

Professionalism

Imagine: Its the first meeting and your nerves are slowly creepy up inside you. You prepare your hand by wiping the small beads of sweat that have formed off onto your pants. Then, suddenly, just as you reach out, they...they...they bow? Not all cultures practice the same greeting, read on to discover different greetings from around the world.


By: coopcom 8565 reads | 0 comments
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It turns out, laughter really is the best medicine!

stress reduction

Have you ever heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine”? Turns out, it’s true! We all know that we generally feel, well, happy when we laugh, but the benefits go far deeper than the giggles and guffaws of laughter – read on to see how laughter affects both your physical and mental health, and can even affect your academic and career performance.

By: Michelle Burtnyk 13381 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Team Work Works: The Story behind the Photo

Volunteering

Karan Durairajan may be new to SFU, but that didn’t stop him from entering the 2008 WIL Photo Contest under the brand new entry category, Community Engagement. Read the story behind the photo.

By: coopcom 5020 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

International Studies: Experiences Abroad Set Students Apart

Interdisciplinary

International Studies (IS) is a fairly new faculty at SFU. How can students in IS market their unique perspectives and skill set to potential employers? Read on for advice from Jan Bérubé, Manager of Academic & Administrative Services for the School for International Studies, and for some upcoming events with international-focused employers.

By: coopcom 4757 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op Student Helps to Fight BC Wildfires

Media

Co-op student Isabelle Jacques is spending the summer working as a Fire Information Officer for the Provincial Wildfire Management Branch in Victoria. As a first point of contact for media inquiries, Isabelle has had a busy few days working to inform the public and her colleagues internally on the changing situation with the latest wildfires throughout the province.

By: coopcom 5067 reads | 0 comments
[FEATURE STORY]

Salary & Benefits: What you need to know

Work Search

Calling all job seekers. If salary and benefits are important to you, learn the art of negotiation while discovering what compensation packages include and what to ask when the time comes to negotiate for them.

By: coopcom 5362 reads | 0 comments
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Your Business Card: The Ultimate Networking Tool

Career Exploration

You have successfully defined yourself with a killer branding scheme for your personal marketing pieces, and even created a business card to complete the package. With the right situation and a little know how, your card has the potential to be the ultimate networking tool.

By: Sharon Roberts 8374 reads | 0 comments