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NEW VIDEO SERIES

Job Search in a Pandemic

New episodes of Career Conversations from SFU Career and Volunteer Services are released every Tuesday on the OLC. Tune in see your most burning questions about the world of work, volunteering, and career exploration answered by guests from diverse professional backgrounds and organizations across Canada.

Episode 3 features Kristina Lee, Director of the IT Division at Impact Recruitment. You don't want to miss her expert tips for job searching during the pandemic and how you can best show off your soft skills to employers.

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WELCOME BACK TO CAMPUS!

Let Us Help You Rebuild Your Social Life

Emily Feng, a Career Peer from SFU Career and Volunteer Services shares tips for a successful return to campus:

Now that SFU is reopening, many of you may be excited to kickstart your social life again! We want you to feel confident about how to get involved, make friends and feel fulfilled - in clubs, peer leadership, volunteer, jobs or work.

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Recognizing that our SFU community members are versatile storytellers, the new OLC has expanded how you can tell your story. Come take a look by exploring into this brand new range of content curated by our editors; this includes Blogs, SFU Stories, Videos, and Podcasts. And remember, no matter where you are in your learning journey at SFU, we want to hear your story! Learn more on how you can contribute to the OLC.

 

 

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Get Your Side Hustle On: A Student's Guide to Part-Time Work

As she puts it, grad student Srijani Datta has been a student for most of her life. To support her love of academia she has worked as a reporter, tutor, translator, transcriber, and content writer. Develop your own side-hustle with her tips. 

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Four Mistakes You Are Likely to Make During Your First Co-op Work Term – And It’s Okay!

Mistakes happen, but do you learn to them?  Linda identifies some common mistakes made by Co-op students on their first work term.

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Striving Towards My Goals While Struggling With Perfectionism and Burnout

You may be trying to balance your academic life with your hobbies and work. Feeling burned out is normal when trying to balance your life but you might not want to stop working hard because you built up momentum and still want to reach your goals. Christy knows first-hand how hard this can be. Find out how Christy worked through those struggles and prioritized her well-being while pursuing her dreams.

THE LATEST

Catch up on the latest and freshest content from the SFU OLC. You're bound to find a fresh new perspective, the most current advice, and recently published stories that are sure to inspire you.

 

 

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Does "Not In Demand" = Immoral?

I recently came across an interesting argument. It went something like this: It's immoral to study something that is not in demand according to labour market needs and projections. Here's why I don't think that's true.

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Cody Caruso First Nations Health Authority

Have you considered a career in Health Sciences? Here is some advice from recent graduate Cody Caruso on his journey to employment in the First Nations Health Authority. 

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Cody Caruso First Nations Health Authority

Have you considered a career in Health Sciences? Here is some advice from recent graduate Cody Caruso on his journey to employment in the First Nations Health Authority. 

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How Co-op Adds Value to Any Degree

Read about how Parminder fulfils his passions for computing science as he travels from Punjab to Vancouver and attends SFU as an international student. In this blog, he shares with us his experience as co-op student and how that has helped him achieve his career goals!

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Taste of BlackBerry Fruitful for Co-op Students

Read about how SFU students who took part in Co-op work terms at BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) – one of the SFU program’s biggest employers – are getting more than a hands-on experience. Many are landing plum positions.

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Reflecting on a Co-op Journey with Ji Hoon Choi

After completing five co-op semesters, Ji Hoon Choi looks back at the choices that led him to where he is today: working, studying, and traveling all at once.

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Mike's Integrated Circuit Development with Broadcom
Michael Leung shares his experience of spending eight months as a co-op student for Broadcom Corporation.
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Informational Interviews

Co-op coordinator, Caroline Wakelin explains the concept of the 20-minute job search. In part three she explains what an information interview is, and how to prepare for one.

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How Volunteering Can Help Your Professional Development

In return for a very minimal time commitment, getting involved with volunteer organizations, like the YWCA, can allow you to grow new and marketable skills.

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A Tribe Called Red

The group, A Tribe Called Red combines traditional powwow music and electronica, to create a unique sound made of both, the spiritual element of drum and voice, as well as the more culturally mainstream sound of electronica.

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The Art of Saying THANK YOU

Saying thank you is simply the manifestation of showing your appreciation, politeness and your overall good manners. Were you aware that it’s strongly recommended to write thank you notes after interviews?

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Aboriginal Appropriation

In present day Western civilization, simply taking a walk down a busy street and paying attention is enough to grasp the magnitude of the promotional society in which we live.

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Intentionality: It's Not A Secret

What do we mean by the word "intentionality"? David examines some helpful - and unhelpful - ways the word has become popular, and how the right intentions can be useful in your career and life.

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Career Exploration

In the final entry of her Easter Seals Camp series, Rachael reflects on her summer spent in Squamish, sharing what she learned about herself, and her career path.

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The Campers Arrive

In the second of a three-part series, Rachael welcomes Easter Seals campers to Squamish, and offers advice to anyone thinking of spending the summer at camp.

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Orientation and Training

In the first of a three-part series, Rachael begins her summer Co-op at a BC Easter Seals camp. Follow along as she goes through training and orientation, explaining the most strenuous, emotional and inspiring parts of her journey. 

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But For the Grace of God, Go I

A response to a column featured on page A6 of the Province newspaper on July 31st, entitled First Nations need to quit blaming the past, written by Naomi Lakritz.

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Can Pinterest Boost Your Career?

Curious about how Pinterest could be useful for your professional development? Check out this blog on how Pinterest can take your career to another level!

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Short Term vs. Long Term Volunteering

Learn the benefits of short term and long term volunteering! Kelly explains how either of these types of experience can become the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

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Work, Life, Balance: Juggling It All!

Have you ever sat and thought about what elements in your life can maintain your sense of sanity or better yet, serenity? Tina provides three tips to help you maintain balance when things get hectic!

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The Triumphant Transition: Tips for the Exciting First Week

The first week is often the most stressful for students on their first, second or even sixth work term. Coming from a successful transition into the workplace on his first co-op work term at BCNET, Samuel shares some of his top tips for the first week.

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Behind the Lens at Johnson & Johnson | Part Two

Naina had the opportunity to put her passion to work at her dream company for her 8-month co-op work term. In the final installment of a two-part series, Naina takes on new responsibilities and opportunities to grow as a marketer.

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Behind the Lens at Johnson & Johnson | Part One

Naina had the opportunity to put her passion to work at her dream company for her 8-month co-op work term. In the first part of a two-part series, Naina shares the learning experiences from her first four months at one of the largest healthcare companies in the world.

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Unpaid Internships: Drawing A Moral Line

David follows up on his earlier post on unpaid internships, and asks: How do we determine whether an unpaid internship is moral?

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Blog
How to Contact your Employers

Co-op coordinator, Caroline Wakelin explains the concept of the 20-minute job search. In part two she takes you through turning your list of potential contacts into actual contacts, and how to score an informational interview.

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From Plan To Planning: My Career Shift

My plan was all set, my classes were all chosen and off I went to continue with my education. I didn't talk to anyone working in the field and I didn't know what I might be in for. Big mistake.

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The Work Study Program

Are you a student with financial need looking for the opportunity to participate in research-based projects on campus?  If so, we encourage you to consider SFU’s Work-Study Program. 

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Interview Tips: Embassy of Canada

SFU Beedie Business student Angie Yu is relocating to China this summer for an International Co-op position with the Embassy of Canada. She recently spoke with International Co-op Communications Assistant, Kiran Dhanoa and shared details about her interview and offered tips for others wishing to find work at an embassy or consulate.

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Aboriginal People with Degrees in Education

Education is the top field of study amongst First Nation people. Provided are resources for those pursuing a degree in education.

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The Indigenous Student Ambassador Program

FNSA Board member, Angela Semple has lead the implementation of the Indigenous Student Ambassador program, helping to highlight important Indigenous resources to potential SFU students and part of the Indigenous Recruitment Team.

 

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Randy Jack

Randy Jack is from the Cheslatta Carrier Nation. He is now an outreach worker with the Vancouver Recovery Club.Here is a series of question and answers to learn more about his education and career experiences.

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Employment Scams 101

Employment scams are becoming more and more common, and scammers are continually coming up with new strategies to efficiently separate innocent and often desperate job seekers from their money. So what can you do to prevent/report being scammed?

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Travel Your Career

Who doesn’t love travelling? Summer is just around the corner and with that comes the time to make our travel plans a reality. Have you ever thought about travelling as a way to boost your career?

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Honouring Feast at SFU

This year’s First Nations, Inuit, Metis Graduate Honouring Feast, that took place at the Diamond Alumni Centre on June 12, 2013 was a beautiful gathering that was quite impactful for me.

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Step One: Making Lists

Co-op coordinator, Caroline Wakelin explains the concept of the 20-minute job search. In part one she takes you through the process of listing potential employers, and ranking them by contacts, desirability and available openings.

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Make a List of Dream Employers

Co-op coordinator, Caroline Wakelin explains the concept of the 20-minute job search. In part one she takes you through the process of listing potential employers, and ranking them by contacts, desirability and available openings.

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7 Reasons Why You Should to Talk to Your Professors and TAs

SFU academic advisors share seven reasons why they recommend all their students talk to their professors and teaching assistants - outside of lecture halls and tutorial rooms.

Have questions? Ask an academic advisor
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What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advisors assist you in formulating a successful academic program that helps you translate your goals, interests, and life plans into an effective educational and SFU experience. Academic Advisors also help you understand and navigate academic program/course requirements, polices, and procedures and refer you to resources/services on campus.

 

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7 Reasons Why You Should to Talk to Your Professors and TAs

SFU academic advisors share seven reasons why they recommend all their students talk to their professors and teaching assistants - outside of lecture halls and tutorial rooms.

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9 Keys to Success After Graduation

With all the hard work and perseverance over four years (or more), graduation is a joyful and special time full of recognition and anticipations. In other words, you have to get ready to the competitive world and say goodbye to your comfort zone. 

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What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advisors assist you in formulating a successful academic program that helps you translate your goals, interests, and life plans into an effective educational and SFU experience. Academic Advisors also help you understand and navigate academic program/course requirements, polices, and procedures and refer you to resources/services on campus.

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Blog
Is a Creative Resume Right For You?

Super creative and highly designed resumes seem to be everywhere lately, but do you need one? Depending on your career aspirations, they made do more harm than good, and make it harder for employers to see your full skill set. Read more to decide if they're right for you.