WORKPLACE SUCCESS

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Starting Your First Co-op at a Start-up Company

Communique

Being part of a start-up company can be scary enough, but doing it as a Co-op student who is brand new to the industry can be absolutely terrifying. This is what I learned about working for a start-up over the last 10 months as a Communication & Multimedia Associate!

By: Vanessa Clarke 365 reads | 0 comments
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How my Co-op Job Stopped me from Apologizing (Especially When I Really Don’t Need to)

Communication

See how co-op student Marielle Juan learned how to break the cycle of over-apologizing from her first Co-op job experience. 

By: Marielle Juan 574 reads | 0 comments
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Megan Holmes: SFU Surrey Co-op Student Profile

Workplace Success

This week’s SFU Surrey Co-op featured student is Megan Holmes, an MSE student who has been doing some excellent work at one of her dream companies, MDA, a Canadian aerospace company. One of the exciting projects she is working on is upgrading the Canadian CP-140 Aurora aircraft’s radar surveillance system. Read on to learn more about Megan’s experience!

By: Sarah Elawa 484 reads | 0 comments
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How to Ask for More Out of Your Position

OLC Blog

Deriving inspriation from her first post, "4 Reasons You Won't Regret Working in Customer Service", Sydney is back and ready to share more knowledge with you from her time in retail. In this article, you'll find Sydney's strategy for negotiating wage raises, work-term extensions and permanent positions. 

By: Sydney Dahl 273 reads | 0 comments
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4 Tips for Making the Most of a Slow Day at Work

Mechatronic Systems Engineering [SRY]

Every job has its slow days every once in a while. Sometimes, all that free time can make you feel bored and unproductive. Ray shares 4 things he's done in the past during his Co-op work term to most of a slow day at work.

By: Ray Le 437 reads | 0 comments
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Landing an Interview with Health Canada within 24 Hours

Interviews

Are you currently in the process of securing a job interview? Melanie will take you on her journey and the series of events she took to not only reach out to her hiring manager, but also land an interview within the span of 24 hours. 

By: Melanie Yien 497 reads | 0 comments
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How to Kick the Procrastination Monkey and Take the Wheel

Co-op Reflections

Staying focused and getting things done can be something we all struggle with, especially when both work and play are online. What, then, is the "procrastination monkey", and how can you overcome the distraction it brings? Clarissa explains how to kick the monkey to the curb, and take control of your time and work. 

By: Clarissa Yap 572 reads | 0 comments
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Having the Best Co-op Work Experiences Even During Uncertain Times

Working Remotely

When the COVID-19 hit, Kevin had to transition from working in person to working from home. Read on to find out what this experience was like and how Kevin was able to readjust to new working conditions. 

By: Kevin Kunimoto 357 reads | 0 comments
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A New Experience as a Co-op Student in Alberta

Business

After a tiring semester of remote learning, Lillian decided to trade classes for work experience and adventure - in Alberta as a door-to-door salesperson.

By: Lillian Chen 324 reads | 0 comments
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How to Succeed at a Small CPA Firm

Co-op

If you’re thinking about running your own CPA firm, then working at Thomas Chimick Ltd. is the perfect job for you. You get hands on experience by working directly with clients and helping them with their needs. It teaches you the basic skills that every accountant should have, such as, time management, attention to detail, and being able to take quality notes.

By: Simran Jassal 285 reads | 0 comments
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You Design, They Hold Stakes, We Make Cool Things: Becoming a Great Designer Is Simple, Right?

Professional Development

As Karen points out, students of the Interactive Arts and Technology program have been through years of design school! Designers know how to use Adobe Suite like a pro, and know to bring their A-game to the table every day, proposing fascinating new directions and brand-new visionary ideas. While designers are hired to learn and bring some ‘fresh perspectives’ to their co-op workplace, read on to learn how they can overlook some key parts of the everyday designer.

By: Karen Lim 851 reads | 0 comments
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Building a Community Online: My Experience with FASS

Co-op Reflections

Shahvir Sarkary is a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Co-op Student who had the opportunity to work as an Events Assistant for FASS, the largest faculty on campus. Shahvir recruited & managed over 48 students for a mentorship role that supported and helped the transition of new incoming students in Fall 2020 term.

By: Shahvir Sarkary 555 reads | 0 comments
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BAKHTIAR’S DECLASSIFIED CO-OP SURVIVAL GUIDE

Communique

I, Bakhtiar Yaqub, have decided to formally appoint myself as the designated Ned Bigby of Simon Fraser University. Read for tips on surviving your work term from my Declassified Co-op Survival Guide

By: Bakhtiar Yaqub 1357 reads | 0 comments
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(Baby) Stepping Into the Real World: How to Implement Overused Clichés into Your Plan to Kill it on a Work Term

Co-operative Education

"Okay, so you land a Co-op position after sending out what feels like millions of resumes and sweating through multiple carefully curated interview outfits. The hard part is over! Or is it?" Read Emily's piece on how accurate clichés can be, and how to use them to your advantage when entering the workforce.

By: Emily Prosperi-Porta 1363 reads | 0 comments
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Experiencing SFU Beyond the Classroom

Co-operative Education

Classes only make up half of the university experience; the rest is what you make of it.” Join Emily as she depicts her experience outside of the classroom with co-op, study abroad, and semester in dialogue.

By: Emily Sweeney 2411 reads | 0 comments
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Getting out of the Dumps and Back on the Hunt in a COVID Job Market

Communication, Art and Technology

Getting a job at a grocery store was definitely not what I was expecting to do with my last summer before graduation. I had big plans to apply to marketing and communications student positions and to make the most out of my education and off-time to get relevant experience, but when COVID-19 hit, I knew I just needed a job in general.

By: Keely Rammage-Scott 1607 reads | 0 comments
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Roots and Wings: How Soft Skills Keep you Relevant Throughout your Career

Career Services

Senior Career Peer Michael Ford writes about the importance of indispensable and eternal human skills for a career that thrives in times of crisis or calm.

By: Michael Ford 7629 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 1835 reads | 0 comments
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6 Ways to Improve Communication When Working Remotely

Communication

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 1256 reads | 0 comments
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Surviving the Shift to Remote Work

COVID-19

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 3129 reads | 0 comments