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Why not take a holistic approach to your education?  Integrate co-op and volunteer experience with your degree and enrich your university life.

I am sure you have heard of the concept of taking a holistic approach to health.  I first learned about this concept when I took an elective course in Kinesiology at SFU during my undergraduate degree.  A holistic approach to health examines the physical, social, emotional and mental needs of a person to determine one’s overall wellness.

What about taking a holistic approach to your university education?  When we think about going to university, we sometimes focus only on one aspect: our studies.  Are there any other aspects that you should consider that can enhance your overall university experience?

Have you consider integrating co-op and volunteering experience with your degree?  The benefit of co-op is by the time you graduate from university, you will have one year of work experience in your field of study.  During your co-op term, you will have an opportunity to determine whether you really like your chosen career field.  In addition, you will make valuable connections through networking with your employer and colleagues. You may even be offered a permanent job by the employer in the future.

What about volunteering?  There are many volunteer opportunities available on and off campus.  Volunteering offers you opportunities to explore careers you are interested in, to learn new or enhance existing skills, and to develop valuable networking opportunities.  While doing my practicum at SFU Career Services, I attended an event called Peer Into Your Career. A panel of SFU alumni shared their stories on their volunteer experience gained from joining the SFU Peer Educator Program and how it helped their careers.

Why not take a holistic approach to your education?  Integrate co-op and volunteer experience with your degree and enrich your university life.

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Johnny Seto is a Practicum Student with SFU Career Services.

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