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Did you just get hired for a co-op position? Are you feeling anxious about what to expect? Like many co-op students, Natalie had fears and felt the pressure of the first co-op work term. But, she learned a lot along the way, and is sharing her wisdom with the SFU community. In this series, you'll learn from the co-op experience of Natalie who shares her advice on navigating workplace culture, workload and co-op expectations at Allied Vision Technologies, a Digital Industrial Camera company. Be sure to check out Natalie's other series, where she takes us through Round 1 and Round 2 of her Co-op Job Searches, as well as her time with TFSCE.

In this Series


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Natalie's First Day at Allied Vision Technologies

Are you starting your first day at work soon? Getting anxious because you don't know what to expect? Read on to learn more about Natalie's experience and her tips on making the most out of your first day.

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The Office Culture: What School Doesn’t Prepare You For

There are many things school doesn't teach you about working in a corporate environment. Check out 3 areas Natalie wants you to pay attention to when you are on your job and tips to help you improve your work performance.

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What to Expect During a Site Visit

I had no idea what to expect for my first co-op site visit, did you? In this blog post, I reflect back on what happened during my first site visit, to help prepare you for what might happen at yours!

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How-To Succeed & Have Fun On the Job

Natalie wanted nothing more than to do well at her first co-op placement. Here are some things she picked up to make her work term fun and more successful! 

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Working for an International Company

Working for an international organization has its perks and challenges. Check out what Natalie thinks are the most interesting aspects of working for a global company and how she overcomes the challenges she encounters on the job.

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Time Management On the Job

Having a difficult time completing your tasks on time at school or work? Natalie has 3 must-know time management tips to help you manage your time better and work more productively. 

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How Volunteering Helped Me Get My First Co-op Job

Applying for jobs is a very difficult task, especially if you do not have any work experience and are just entering the ‘working world.' Read on to find out how Natalie gained her competitive edge through volunteering and secured her first co-op job.

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The Joys of the Lunchroom: Being Social on the Job

You are new to the company, and you don’t know anyone. Where do you start? How about the lunchroom! Read on to learn about Natalie's lunchroom experience for her first co-op job.