Skip to main content
SFU Practicum Student

The photo shows a yin and yang symbol.
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.

Beyond the Blog

SFU Practicum Student
Johnny Seto is a Practicum Student with SFU Career Services.
visibility  156
Mar 23, 2011

You Might Like These... Volunteering, Community Engagement, Professional Development, Personal Development, Life Balance

STC West Coast
Alumnus Profile: How Crystal Kwon Advanced Her Career Through Volunteerism

Students often overlook one important benefit of volunteerism. While students realize that scholarships and bursaries usually require community engagement, they often forget that volunteerism can also give you the edge you need after you finish your degree.

Kyle and volunteers
Kyle Jung: Expand Your Horizons through Volunteering

Did you know that you can make a difference through volunteering, as well as discovering your passions and career goals? These are just some of the benefits of volunteering, according to Kyle Jung, a 5th-year SIAT student who is also the Vice President of Operations, Interactive Arts & Technology Student Union (IATSU) and the SFSS Forum Representative.

Volunteers
Jordan Robinson: Volunteer, Learn & Have Fun!

Do you want to improve your writing and communications skills? Do you want to meet other SFU students? If you answered “yes” to any of the two questions, becoming a peer educator may just be right for you! Let Jordan Robinson, a 4th-year Sociology student, tell you what valuable skills and experiences.

You Might Like These... Career Exploration

Picture of a women smiling
DIY Career Opportunities

Finding a job that you want to wake up for can be a challenge, especially in today’s economy. But what if you could create your own job? I know someone who (almost) did this for themselves and this is his story.

Mik Ho photo is one of the photo spots in Korea
Real Talk: Is an International Co-op Worth It?

You have seen the emails, read the posters, heard the presentations. The question remains, is International Co-op worth it? Is it worth the planning, cost, and time off-school? Well, you will have to continue reading to find out.

A stack of books positioned horizontally
Books that Helped us Grow

The Health Peers share some books that have helped with self-growth, healing, and forming good habits.