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Take these keys and put them into practice to the best of your ability! Your hybrid Co-op term is a pivotal point in your career, and seasoning these skills will allow you to flourish in any position.

So, you've just started your first hybrid Co-op term and you have no idea what to expect or how to navigate a hybrid model of work within the corporate sector. Things may seem a little overwhelming! Here is the good news - there are 8 keys that I have picked up through my own trials and tribulations in a hybrid Co-op term. These keys will guide you in the right direction to make the most of your Co-op whether you are in or out of the office.

1. Create routine

Although working from home entails virtually no time wasted in commuting, it is still a good idea to get up early and give yourself some time to nurture a productive morning routine. Performing exercise or moving your body truly sets the tone for the rest of your day. After a workout, pour yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea. Write down some affirmations and plan out your day. Incorporating a sense of routine in your morning will make everyday a new challenge to conquer as you strive to make each day better than the last!

2. Show yourself

Turn on your camera and mic during every meeting! Let people know you are in fact a real person. Pro Tip* If you are in a location where you do not wish to share on video call, pick out the coolest virtual background you can find. Oftentimes, this can also serve as a great conversation starter.

3. Go outside for lunch

The hybrid model of work entails a lot of screen time. During your lunch, find time to go outside and get away from the screen! Take a walk, grab some coffee, or walk your dog.

4. Don’t let distractions get the best of you

I think we’ve all been guilty of this. Working from home may seem daunting with all the distractions available at your fingertips. The lack of formal supervision may persuade you to veer away from the task at hand by checking your phone, scrolling through social media, or calling a friend. If you want to make the most of your Co-op - keep your phone or anything that you find distracting in a separate room that is away from your working space.

5. Connect with your colleagues

Building connections are crucial while in and out of the office. If you are online, send messages and start conversations with co-workers virtually. Show that you are taking interest in their lives and promote culture in the workplace. When you run into your colleagues in the office, ask them about their day, their role, etc. In the end, these are all people that you are adding to your network. Practice social skills by engaging with others at corporate events, meetings, and staff gatherings outside of the workplace.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If you are lost or confused, send a message or call a co-worker. Remember that there is nothing wrong with asking for information or clarification. Your colleagues and supervisor are there to help you. Taking initiative and showing that you are not afraid to ask for feedback or explanations demonstrates your eagerness to succeed.

7. Learn something new

Working all day can make days feel mundane. If you are not working after-hours, try to engage in activities that take you out of your comfort zone or learn new skills that you can bring to your new Co-op role.

8. Set monthly goals for yourself

The best way to make the most of your Co-op term is to reach attainable goals that will guide you toward success! Each month, set goals that you wish to achieve by pushing yourself. For example - network with 5 people, have 3 coffee chats, or make 2 posts on LinkedIn.

Take these keys and put them into practice to the best of your ability! Your hybrid Co-op term is a pivotal point in your career, and seasoning these skills will allow you to flourish in any position.

SFU Student Undergraduate
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Aug 22, 2022

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