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The experience you will acquire holds so much value. Not just because you get that work experience, but because you are able to learn so much more about yourself. Follow your own unique path to discovering what you want to do. You can do it!

If you haven’t yet, you can read about part 1 of my Co-op journey here! In short, while I felt like my first Co-op term didn’t completely confirm my career interests, I did learn a bigger lesson through the experience. Your path to discovering your career won’t look like someone else’s. While you might hear stories of people discovering their true passion during their first Co-op term, know that might not be what happens for you, and that does not mean you have failed!

Now, fast forward a bit to when I was seeking for my second Co-op. Although I knew what to expect this time around, there was still a feeling of uncertainty. The interview nerves and the questions about where I would end up for the next 4 or 8 months (or if I would even land a role for the upcoming term!) were daunting. Having completed one Co-op term, I had some idea as to what kind of role I would want to work in, but I still wasn’t completely sure. I had some experience, but was it enough? After sending in a couple of applications and completing an interview, I landed a position with SFU Communication & Arts Co-op! I was to be their Digital Communications Assistant for the next 2 terms. Yes, I was going to work for Co-op for my Co-op! I remember applying for this position during my previous seeking term, so it felt like a full-circle moment to have landed the position this time around.

Now, looking back at my Co-op journey so far, I am proud of what I have accomplished. In my first 4 months, I was able to work on a variety of projects and tasks that have taught me more about what I can do with my Communication degree. One day, I could be designing marketing material on InDesign and the next day I could be brainstorming for a new email campaign. I’m getting the opportunities to build up my skills, whether that be writing, designing, or even gaining confidence in my speaking. It’s learning and getting practice with a bit of everything that is the most exciting for me. Although my path leading up to this has come with some doubt from myself, I’ve learned that it’s all about the journey and the experience you are gaining. Every feat and even every struggle will help you grow. I know that I’m sounding like a broken record but it’s really true. Embarking on Co-op will help you grow not only professionally, but also personally. The experience is so valuable.

Now that I am in my third Co-op term, I am excited about what’s to come and to explore even more of what majoring in Communication has to offer. While the uncertainty and anxiety around where I may exactly end up post-grad is still very real, I do know that there’s so much out there for me to experience. The possibilities when working in communications are endless. While that can be intimidating, it is exciting to think about what you will accomplish and discover going forward.

So if you’re wondering whether you should apply to Co-op, I would say DO IT! The experience you will acquire holds so much value. Not just because you get that work experience, but because you are able to learn so much more about yourself. Follow your own unique path to discovering what you want to do. You can do it!

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A Co-op Student’s Guide to Media Relations

Like many Communications students, I came into the School of Communication very interested in media; both studying it and working in it. I found it harder and harder to pinpoint where I could fit into it professionally as I learned more about it. What do you do when you’re interested in media, but not sure you want to work directly in media?

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Tips for Effective Social Media Marketing

When promoting events and news on social media on behalf of a club, service, or business, the main goal is to get as many eyes as possible on the content. One of my tasks in my 8-month Co-op position was to post updates on their social media accounts, which includes job postings, upcoming events, and special announcements. Over these months, I was able to find useful strategies and tools to help me manage these profiles effectively and efficiently.

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Event Planning 101: 3 Tips for Planning an Event even Gen-Z’s will Enjoy

Coming into this Co-op position as an Outreach, Promotion, and Engagement Coordinator for SFU’s School of Communication, I was not expecting to gain any sort of event planning experience. Creating an event for our incoming students for Fall 2023, was a brand-new concept that flourished this semester.

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A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

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Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

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Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

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Building Your Wings: Jeannette's Unforgettable Bolivian Experience

Jeannette Friesen went to Bolvia with the Students for Development program, where she worked with the Solidarity and Free Trade Movement. While there she learned about the importance of culture and came home more motivated then ever to pursue her goals in international relations.

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Living and Working Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Are you looking into working abroad for your co-op?  Business student, Candice Woods shares what she learned in her co-op and how to combat homesickness based on her experience working in Barcelona, Spain for her co-op.

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Durga Puja 2011

Unlike just any festival, Durga Puja is likened to "Disneyland, the Olympics, Christmas and an art gallery all in one." Join Martyna, Silvia, Lindsay and Christine in their celebration of Durga Puja, an annual Hindu festival in Kolkata. As they weave through busy streets and celebrate festivities, the girls share their exciting experience with us in this blog entry.