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Working in Social Media Marketing When You’re An Introvert
Co-op Reflections, Communication, Personal Development, Professional Development, Student Success

I imagined that working in social media would be a walk in the park. After all, I’ve spent about half my life rotating through different apps every day like a very boring episode of Black Mirror. What I forgot to take into consideration was that despite its name, I’m not actually the most “social” person at all. Keep reading to learn all about my experience working in social media marketing as an introvert. 

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Full-Time Co-op, Part-Time Artist: It Can Be Done!
Co-op Reflections, Life Balance, Communication, Personal Development, Professional Development, Workplace Transition

I’m a student at SFU and on top of that, though, I’m a freelance creative. I do a bit of everything. As my first Co-op work term approached, I got nervous. I was terrified, frankly, that I would have to stop creating if I wanted to pursue full-time work. Keep reading to learn about how I learned to balance working full-time and being a freelance creative. 

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5 Email Etiquette Tips Every Employee Needs to Know
Co-operative Education, Communication, Student Success, Professional Development, Professional Associations

You probably know that dreadful feeling you get after opening an email that is so long your finger gets tired from scrolling. While the process of sending an email may seem intuitive, there are many considerations that should be made before hitting that “send” button. Therefore, I present to you, essential email etiquette tips every employee should know.

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Business Development & Sales World for Dummies (and Communication Students)
Co-operative Education, Professional Development, Startup, Personal Development

As a Communication major, I’m comfortable with hearing “the medium is the message”, getting lost in 15-page essays, and wondering why a picture of a pipe is in fact, not a pipe (shoutout CMNS 110). Throw me in a tech start-up in a (remote) business development position and well, I’m a touch out of my comfort zone. Keep reading to learn about my experience working in a business role as a Communication major. 

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Protecting Work-Life Balance when Working in Non-Profit
Co-operative Education, Life + Health, Student Success

“Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” has been attributed to several thinkers: Confucius, Mark Twain, and Marc Anthony. Regardless, this sentiment is unrealistic.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Do Your Co-op with the SFU Co-op Program
Co-op Reflections, Communication, Professional Development, Personal Development, Networking, Student Success, Workplace Culture, Workplace Success

Wondering what's it like to do a Co-op term with Co-op? If so, check out Sarah's experience working as the Digital Design and Communications Assistant for the SFU Surrey Co-op Programs, where she had had the opportunity to work with four different Co-op programs!

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7 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Routine
Life + Health, Personal Development, Student Success

Are you trying to put wellness into your routine and not quite sure where it fits? This article by SFU Recreation tells you some tips and tricks on finding ways to get started

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7 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Routine
Life + Health, Personal Development, Student Success

Are you trying to put wellness into your routine and not quite sure where it fits? This article by SFU Recreation tells you some tips and tricks on finding ways to get started

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7 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Routine
Life + Health, Personal Development, Student Success

Are you trying to put wellness into your routine and not quite sure where it fits? This article by SFU Recreation tells you some tips and tricks on finding ways to get started

A cartoon image of a woman doing a sit-up in a living room
7 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Routine
Life + Health, Personal Development, Student Success

Are you trying to put wellness into your routine and not quite sure where it fits? This article by SFU Recreation tells you some tips and tricks on finding ways to get started

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7 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Routine
Life + Health, Personal Development, Student Success

Are you trying to put wellness into your routine and not quite sure where it fits? This article by SFU Recreation tells you some tips and tricks on finding ways to get started

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What I Wish I Knew When Seeking Co-op Jobs
Co-op Reflections, Seeking, Personal Development, Professional Development, Workplace Success, International

During my semester of scouring through SFU’s myExperience portal for jobs, I had to learn a lot of things the hard way, which probably led to me getting a job pretty last minute. But I don’t think I’m the only one who has fallen into the trap of destructive habits that creep through the cracks on the road to success. Below is a list of things I wish I had known when I started seeking for Co-op jobs that I hope will help other Communication Co-op job seekers.

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7 Ways to Have a Successful Meeting With Your Supervisor or Team
Public Speaking, During the Work Term, Workplace Success, Communication, Working Remotely

A big meeting is coming up at work and you have no idea how you will contribute in a way that is meaningful. Jacky went from anxious to ambitious during his co-op work term as a Student Researcher, learning the ins and outs of leadership and proactive participation in team meetings. Here are his 7 tips for preparing for your upcoming work gathering.

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What Worked, What I Could've Done Better and Lessons Learned While Working From Home
Working Remotely, During the Work Term, Professional Development

Taylor's seen the highs and lows of working from home and is here to tell you all about what worked and what didn't as he supported Vancouver Coastal Health as a Junior Business Analyst. Read on to learn from his carefully thought-out tips and tricks for making the most of a remote work term.

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What Worked, What I Could've Done Better and Lessons Learned While Working From Home
Working Remotely, During the Work Term, Professional Development

Taylor's seen the highs and lows of working from home and is here to tell you all about what worked and what didn't as he supported Vancouver Coastal Health as a Junior Business Analyst. Read on to learn from his carefully thought-out tips and tricks for making the most of a remote work term.

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3 Reasons to Consider an 8-Month Co-op
Working, Co-op Reflections, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Workplace Success

In the process of searching for a Co-op job, you may be thinking “an 8-month co-op seems so long, so a 4-month position is probably the way to go”. Read on for Marilyn's reasons why an 8-month Co-op can be so much more rewarding. 

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Five Co-op Work Terms: What I Learned Along the Way
Co-op Reflections, Workplace Success

Five co-op work terms might sound like a lot, but it was definitely a valuable journey for Winnie. Read on to learn more about Winnie’s Co-op journey as she transitions from her student life to work life, her takeaways from these positions, and her final thoughts on the Co-op program

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Five Co-op Work Terms: What I Learned Along the Way
Co-op Reflections, Workplace Success

Five co-op work terms might sound like a lot, but it was definitely a valuable journey for Winnie. Read on to learn more about Winnie’s Co-op journey as she transitions from her student life to work life, her takeaways from these positions, and her final thoughts on the Co-op program

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How to Navigate Student Mindset Traps
During the Work Term, Workplace Success, Communication, Professional Development

When students enter their first or second Co-op work term, there can be a risk of falling into student mindset traps. These are the habits we pick up as students that are detrimental to our professional performance and development. Read on to learn more about how Bowen learned to avoid student mindset traps after four Co-op semesters working for three different companies.

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What it’s Really Like Working at a Multinational Fortune 500 Company
Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Intercultural Communication, Culture, International, Workplace Culture, Workplace Success

As a Marketing and Communications Intern at Schneider Electric’s Solar Business, I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with so many professionals around the world. Don’t worry, it’s not as stressful as it sounds. In this blog, I'll talk about some of the things I've learned while working for a multinational Fortune 500 company.

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Striving Towards My Goals While Struggling With Perfectionism and Burnout
Life Balance

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.

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Three Skills You Can Leverage to Land Your Dream Digital Marketing Co-op
Seeking, During the Work Term, Workplace Success, Professional Development, Job Search, Marketing, Social Media

If you’re like me and obsess over Instagram aesthetics, peruse like-minded communities on Twitter, or aspire to be TikTok famous, then you’ve probably considered a digital marketing career at some point and are ready to make your debut in the industry. Here are four Do-It-Yourself skills that will spice up your resume, helping you to leverage your digital marketing talents before your search for your Co-op opportunity!

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Three Skills You Can Leverage to Land Your Dream Digital Marketing Co-op
Seeking, During the Work Term, Workplace Success, Professional Development, Job Search, Marketing, Social Media

If you’re like me and obsess over Instagram aesthetics, peruse like-minded communities on Twitter, or aspire to be TikTok famous, then you’ve probably considered a digital marketing career at some point and are ready to make your debut in the industry. Here are four Do-It-Yourself skills that will spice up your resume, helping you to leverage your digital marketing talents before your search for your Co-op opportunity!

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5 Tips on Seeking Your Next Co-op
Co-op Reflections, Seeking, Career Exploration, Life Balance

Seeking semesters can be difficult; especially in a pandemic. Samuel, a Business co-op student, experienced this difficulty while searching for their position as a Product Strategy Intern with SAP. Although emotionally turbulent, Samuel was able to persist through their seeking semester and experienced a number of learning opportunities that has shaped their perception on job seeking. Read Samuel's 5 Tips for Seeking Your Next Co-op to learn how to make the best out of your seeking semester. 

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Advice for Your First Year as a Teaching Assistant
Graduate Students, Life Experience, Workplace Success, Leadership, Professional Development

Kandice, a Public Health Graduate student, never expected to be a Teaching Assistant (TA). But with the encouragement from family and friends who were former TAs, Kandice took the plunge. Now as her first year comes to a close, Kandice shares some helpful tips on how to have an enjoyable semester as a TA!

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Starting Your First Co-op at a Start-up Company
Co-op Reflections, During the Work Term, Personal Development, Professional Development, Workplace Success, Career Exploration

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!

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Starting Your First Co-op at a Start-up Company
Co-op Reflections, During the Work Term, Personal Development, Professional Development, Workplace Success, Career Exploration

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!

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How my Co-op Job Stopped me from Apologizing (Especially When I Really Don’t Need to)
During the Work Term, Professional Development, Communication

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

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How my Co-op Job Stopped me from Apologizing (Especially When I Really Don’t Need to)
During the Work Term, Professional Development, Communication

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

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4 Tips for Making the Most of a Slow Day at Work
Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Workplace Success

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.