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Wrapping Up 2020: Our Top 12 Inspirational Blog Articles

Workplace Transition

2020 has been an unprecedented and extraordinary year. What we at the OLC have been pleasantly surprised by is how inspiring our contributing authors have been. Many of our posts touched on the reality of the pandemic, but they were written from a place of positivity and resilience. To wrap up 2020 at the SFU OLC, we've curated our top 12 inspiring posts and summarized how they can continue to inspire you in the New Year.

By: Seerit Hara 287 reads | 0 comments
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How I Brought My Office to My Home

Pandemic

It was confusing figuring out how to work from home on a short notice back in March 2020. Since then, Terry has been learning and reflecting on what really makes a home office productive and what is needed to keep it a friendly and productive enviornment. Read on to learn more about his insights.

By: Terry Zhu 546 reads | 0 comments
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Summer Volunteer Opportunities for SFU Students During COVID

Community Engagement

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 5293 reads | 0 comments
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Looking for Summer Work During COVID? Here’s Where to Find Jobs

Professional Development

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 6887 reads | 0 comments
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Disconnected: Working Remotely from Vietnam

Communication

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 1131 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Back on Your Feet When You Lose Your Job During A Pandemic?

Professional Development

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 2778 reads | 0 comments
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How the Pandemic Turned my Life Upside Down: One Co-op Student’s Story

Co-op Reflections

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 1681 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

COVID-19

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 1334 reads | 0 comments
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My Co-op Experience During an Ongoing Pandemic

Co-op

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 1306 reads | 0 comments
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Changing Seasons

Workplace Transition

"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 494 reads | 0 comments
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4 Steps to Prepare for Graduating University

Work Search

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 4023 reads | 0 comments
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Dress to Impress: Tips for Creating a Budget Friendly Workplace Wardrobe

office attire

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 4594 reads | 0 comments
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The Possible Benefits of Forgetting Your Co-Worker's Name

coworker

Forgetting a new co-worker's name is a common problem, but admitting it openly is a surprisingly welcomed solution, and it can open the door to positive rapport. Eric Cai writes more from his experience.

By: Eric Cai 4069 reads | 0 comments
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Feel Like You’re Not Good Enough for Your New Job?

good enough

Starting a new job is stressful, and it can be even harder if you feel like you aren’t good enough at your position. Here are some ways Haley learned to overcome feelings of inadequacy in the workplace.

By: Haley Pihowich 8637 reads | 0 comments
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It’s Okay to Say “No”

Workplace Transition

Frankly, I am terrible at saying “no.” Maybe it’s a strong work ethic that has been etched into my existence since I was a child. Maybe it’s not wanting to appear incompetent to the people who could potentially hire me back into a full-time role. Whatever it was, it seemed like my plate was packed to the brim. 

By: Ryan Lee 3959 reads | 0 comments
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How to Deal with Being the Smartest One in the Office

Professional Development

“What?!” you must be thinking, “who the heck does she think she is?” Don’t worry – I don’t actually believe I’m the smartest one in my office; far from it in fact. But, it was an inside joke during my time working in SFU’s Career and Volunteer Services that lead me to understand the type of workplace culture that suited me best.

By: Taylor Wagner 4790 reads | 0 comments
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How to Get Organized With Bullet Journaling

Personal Development

Many of us like nice stationary because they give us a sense of productivity. This was true for Melissa as she went into her co-op work term. However, she soon experienced firsthand that the illusion of productivity and actual productivity are, unfortunately, two very different things. 

By: Melissa Nelson 4012 reads | 0 comments
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Employers are Out There, and They are Looking for YOU

Co-operative Education

We are all used to hearing of the impossibility of finding a career after university, and that our degree alone is not a golden ticket to landing that dream job after graduation. In order to obtain our dream jobs, we need to suppliment our education with work experience. While it can seem like a daunting task to find work experience, it may be easier than you think. Jessica shares her story of how she came to realize the amazing career opprotunities around her. It is just about knowing where to look for them!

By: Jessica Wall 4764 reads | 0 comments
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From Classroom to Office: 3 ways to ease the transition from student to staff at SFU

First Weeks on the Job

So you’ve just landed your Co-op position at SFU. You’re excited, and eager to get going – but somewhere along the way, you might notice that working at your home school and studying there can be an entirely different experience. Sally Arang shares her tips on how to make the transition from a student to an employee of SFU as seamlessly as possible. 

By: Sally Arang 4743 reads | 0 comments
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5 Important Lessons I Learned From My First Co-op

healthcare

Nervous about your first co-op job? Don’t be! These five tips will help prepare you for success and boost your confidence levels in no time. Keep calm & read on!

By: Ellen Lu 10817 reads | 0 comments