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How COVID Kickstarted My Career

Last summer, my sister and I were excited to travel to Europe. As you can probably guess, that did not happen. But from the gloom of cancelling our dream trip, something positive emerged - an important conversation and a new direction that kickstarted my career.

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15 Amazing Perks of Being an SFU Student

Not many people know about all the perks of being an SFU student, such as huge discounts, free access to normally paid services, and cheaper subscriptions to popular products. Here is a list of everything you can take advantage of as an SFU student!

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Highlights from the “Preparing for a Government of Canada Interview” Webinar

How do you prepare for an interview at the Government of Canada? Haebin summarizes for you the key points from a webinar hosted by Angela Foraaunet, a Human Resources Advisor in the Public Service Commission of Canada. Read on to learn more about Ms. Forraunet’s golden advice on acing the interviews and aiming for success.

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Career Peer Experiences During COVID-19: A Wonderful Opportunity

Who are SFU’s Career Peers? What was it like to be onboarded and trained remotely? What are they up to on the (virtual) campus this semester? Sharon Gill, a Career Peer at Career & Volunteer Services at SFU, tells us all.

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The Coffee Interview

A coffee interview might seem like the most informal type of interview out there, but don't get too laid back yet. Check out this edition of the Interview Series to learn more about how you should handle preparing and carrying out a coffee interview masterfully.

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Getting Out of the Dumps and Back on the Hunt in a COVID Job Market

Like most soon-to-be graduates, Keeley was looking forward kick-start her career. And what better way to do it than to start looking for industry-applicable experience? But when COVID-19 hit, plans had to change. Read on to find out how Keeley overcame a saturated job market in the middle of a pandemic. 

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Roots and Wings: How Soft Skills Keep you Relevant Throughout your Career

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.

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10 Tips for Essential Work Search

You deserve to have a successful work search. With these tips, it won’t take long for an employer to notice your amazing efforts. Read on to feel prepared!

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10 Tips for Essential Work Search

You deserve to have a successful work search. With these tips, it won’t take long for an employer to notice your amazing efforts. Read on to feel prepared!

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An Insider's Guide to Successful Work Search

SFU's Career Specialist Deanne Esdale, with Francis Mercurio, Career Peer, show you how to set up for a successful search by getting strategic and supported. You deserve to get noticed! Check out their nuggets of advice on how to seek jobs effectively.

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An Insider's Guide to Successful Work Search

SFU's Career Specialist Deanne Esdale, with Francis Mercurio, Career Peer, show you how to set up for a successful search by getting strategic and supported. You deserve to get noticed! Check out their nuggets of advice on how to seek jobs effectively.

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities for SFU Students During COVID

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.

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Looking for Summer Work During COVID? Here’s Where to Find Jobs

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. 

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How My Student Club Involvement Scored Me My First Co-op- Recruiter Perspective

Joining a student club is an excellent way to develop transferable skills! Olivia shares how her campus involvement not only helped with skill development and securing a co-op position, it eased the transition and helped differentiate Olivia from her peers. In her own words: "If you want to be one step closer to finding your dream co-op, I suggest starting with community involvement!"

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Dear Younger Self: Never Give Away Your Power.

Taking steps to prioritize your financial wellness can set you up for better overall wellness.

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Adventurous Vibes: Your Guide To An Incredible Study Experience in Canada

Are you thinking of studying in Canada? Are you about to arrive or have recently landed? Make the most of your experience with these tips for studying abroad.

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Tips for Attending a Conference

Attending a Conference can be a remarkable experience- that is if you plan to make it that way.  Ali shares six tips to prepare for a conference so you can make sure it’s worth your while.

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Tips for Volunteering in Health Care

Are you interested in pursuing a career in health care? Kelly looks into how volunteering can help get you there!

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The End of the Semester, the End of the Year: Time to Reflect

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?

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Your Involvement Matters

Many students are involved “behind the counter” at Health & Counselling, whether working as co-op students or leading student groups and initiatives. This is who - and HOW - you can get involved with Health & Counselling as a student.

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6 Interview Tips from the Other Side of the Table: an Interviewer’s Perspective

Ever wonder how interviewers feel on the other side of the table? SFU Career & Volunteer Services’ very own superstar Career Peer, Scarlett Wu, shares her perspective on interviews and offers ideas on how to ace your own.

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Empowerment through Volunteering: An Interview with Eva Ang

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to do it all? In this interview, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology student, Eva Ang, offers tips on juggling work, school, volunteering and life.

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Community Cooking Workshops: Why We Love Them So Much

As a student, food is literally my life. I wish I was joking but food is how I bond with friends, how I cope with exams and what I use to wake myself up in the morning. 

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'Til We Meet Again

Recently graduated, Jien Hilario reflects back on university, career choices, convocation and her blog series I Am Able. 

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4 Steps to Prepare for Graduating University

If you’re steps away from graduating, read on to see how I prepared to make the post-graduation world less intimidating.

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#Goals: Lessons from Bo Sanchez

Having a goal allows us to take aim and move forward. Jien, shares lessons in goal-setting from Bo Sanchez's How to Conquer your Goliaths, and offers her own personal experiences of goal-setting and achieving. 

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Right Versus Wrong: Career Lessons from Johnny Bunko

Success does not follow a linear path and neither will your career. Jien shares some fundamental lessons from "The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need.", while also reflecting on her own personal experiences learning these lessons. 

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Depression in Universities | Part One | What Every Student Needs to Know About Having Depression

Mental illness can affect anyone. If our society is to help end the stigma, the first step is to gain knowledge on the subject. This blog post connects readers with what it is like to have depression.