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Appointments, unnecessary. Suits and ties – are you kidding?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

students1Do you have some business ideas you’d like to discuss?  Drop by for a casual chat with an experienced entrepreneur!

Mentor Meet is a Venture Connection initiative to provide a sounding board to SFU students for their business concepts and ideas, and to provide more information on the free Venture Connection programs that are available for SFU student entrepreneurs!

**All Mentor Meets take place 12pm-1pm**

     Jul 23 (Thu) SFU-SRY Mezzanine
     Jul 24 (Fri) SFU-BBY AQ (near Renaissance Cafe)
     Aug 12 (Wed) SFU-SRY Mezzanine
     Aug 14 (Fri) SFU-BBY WMC 2nd floor

This week’s Mentor:  Jim Derbyshire, SFU’s Mentor-in-Residence

AND… don’t forget the deadline for a Venture Co-Op Fall 2009 Workterm is July 19!  Contact your co-op department for more details.

Follow Jim on Twitter http://twitter.com/jimventure
Join us on Facebook – search for “Venture Connection: The Student Entrepreneur Hub”

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

service-canadaYouth Employment Programs (YEP)
Information Table
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Burnaby Campus ~ A.Q. Table E1

Service Canada’s Youth Employment Program (YEP) will be here to inform youth about their no charge employment services that offer resume assistance, job interview skills, and general job searching techniques, as well as an online job bank specifically targeting youth between the ages of 15-30 years old.

YEP also provides youth with the opportunity to participate in their Casual Labour Program at the Burnaby Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY). This program works as a medium to help youth connect to employers looking for short-term help and connect employers with youth looking for short-term employment. The SCCY accomplishes this by advertising casual jobs on behalf of employers and by registering youth interested in casual work. Our youth/student job bank can be found at www.jobbank.gc.ca

Appointments, unnecessary. Suits and ties – are you kidding?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Do you have some business ideas you’d like to discuss?  Drop by for a casual chat with an experienced entrepreneur!

Mentor Meet is a Venture Connection initiative to provide a sounding board to SFU students for their business concepts and ideas, and to provide more information on Venture Connection programs to help your new venture succeed!


  • SFU-Surrey: Thu Jun 11 (12-1pm drop-in), Mezzanine Kiosk
  • SFU-Burnaby:  Fri Jun 12 (12-1pm drop-in), WMC 2nd floor (outside Raven’s Cafe)

This week’s Mentor:  Jim Derbyshire, SFU’s Mentor-in-Residence

Follow Jim on Twitter http://twitter.com/jimventure
Join us on Facebook – search for “Venture Connection: The Student Entrepreneur Hub”

Information on all Venture Connection programs and the full Mentor Meet schedule at www.ventureconnection.sfu.ca

Stay tuned for more news on……

Venture Meet-up: a forum for SFU students to meet like-minded entrepreneurs
Venture Co-Op:   an entrepreneurial co-op term through Venture Connection!


SFU Convocation Ushers Needed for June!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

An employment opportunity is available for SFU students who are interested in working 4 hour shifts in the morning or afternoon as SFU Student Convocation Ushers.

Dates: Tuesday, June 2 to Friday June 5. 2009
(shifts will fall between 7:30am until 5:30pm and be a minimum of four hours)

Duties to include:
• directing graduates and their families to the appropriate venue,
• helping to seat guests,
• passing out printed material and blankets,
• providing information and answering general questions about the University,
• assisting with regalia pick up and return

Preference will be given to students who are able to work at least 3 of the 7 shifts. 
You must be a currently registered SFU student.

Rate of pay is $11/hour.

If interested please send an email to Andrew Armour (akarmour@sfu.ca) no later than 5:00pm on Friday, May 15th with your resume (including work or volunteer experience) and indicating your availability.
Further details regarding Convocation can be found at http://www.reg.sfu.ca/convocation/

No phone calls please!

Green is the New Black – Tips for Your Workplace and Your Life!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


Green is the new black these days, haven’t you heard?

It seems like everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about “going green” and being environmentally sustainable. That is a good thing! And what’s even better is that it doesn’t take much to do your part. Many people making many small changes will add up to a great thing.

So, here are a few easy things that you can do in your workplace and in your life to do your part for the world we all share:

Ditch the Bottled Water
And drink tap water you say? OMG!
Did you know that according to the Earth Policy Institute, manufacturers use 1.5 million barrels of oil each year just to produce plastic bottles for the U.S. bottled water market alone? Imagine the greenhouse gases that are produced just to make those disposable bottles, not to mention the waste that goes into our landfills! (more…)

Ever wondered gaining experience through Co-op?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Ever wondered about Communication Co-op? Communication Co-op is having an Open House event where students can drop in and meet the Communication Co-op staff. Current Co-op students will also be around to chat about their own work experiences and answer any candid questions you may have about why Co-op is a great opportunity for gaining experience and transferable skills. The Open House is a FREE event to all students interested in learning more about this Co-op program. Come eat some pizza and learn more about how you can get involved!

Communication Co-op Open House

When?  Thursday March 26th

Time?  11:00am – 1:00pm

Where? Outside the School of Communication General Office K9671

Title: From School to Career: My Perspective

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


When it comes to that period of time in every graduating student’s life between those last few finals and that first ‘real’ paycheck, it’s somewhat of a misleading term.  Transition connotes a sense of smooth, structured change.  Something seamless and easy.  Something tangible and concrete.  Something that you can really get your hands on and just do. 

To me, transition is a word that better applies to the gear shifter in your car than the impending crisis of finding employment and (gasp!) a career facing university graduates today.

But, transition is a word that you will hear over and over again if you look for help in trading that backpack for a briefcase.  Why?  Perhaps it’s because there’s no other word that seems right.  Perhaps it’s because we all want it to be an easier process than it unfortunately often is.  b2b






Finding your way off the hill: from Student to Professional – It’s Not TOO Late to COME to B2B!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Are you a recent grad or will be soon?  If you want some assistance with transitioning into the work-world, let SFU Career Services make things a little easier.

Our annual Backpack to Briefcase Conference is tommorrow on Saturday, March 7, 2009.   No need to register, just DROP IN!  Let us help you find your way off the hill, from Student to Professional with a full day of workshops and seminars targeted to third and fourth year students and alumni.  Get tips on how to succeed on the first year on the job, how to market yourself online, and mastering the telephone and pre-screening interviews, just to name a few.

Registration is now being accepted by phone, 778-782-3106 or in person at the SFU Career Services office in Burnaby.  Be one of the first 50 people to register and you’ll receive your very own reusable document bag upon payment.  The all-day conference includes a keynote address, morning coffee and snacks, lunch and a Transition Tips Package, for only $20 for current students or $25 for alumni.

Keep your eyes and ears open for more details to come!  www.sfu.ca/career


Tuesday, February 10th, 2009


BC’s Top 50 Employer’s List and Canada’s Top 100 Employer’s List (http://www.canadastop100.com/bc/)  recognizes the Employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places work.  These lists can provide job seekers information about the criteria they can use for companies in their own job search as well as a great ideas for prospective employers for themselves.  The employers are evaluated on eight criteria such as Physical  Workplace.

Career Services has invited 4 representatives from companies on the list to attend the ‘Work For The Best’ event on February 19, 2009.  The representatives will talk about their own careers and of course share the best features of their companies. 

Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions and network with these employers.  In order to take part in ‘Work For The Best’ you can register on Simplicity just log on through the Career Services site!  Hope to see you on February 19th.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities Abound!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Teaching overseas is a viable option for many students and new grads, and it offers many benefits.

  • Use your existing skills and gain many valuable new skills
  • Have the opportunity to travel around the world
  • Meet new people and experience different cultures and ways of life
  • The industry is thriving, even during economic slow-downs
  • Go on an adventure you’ll never forget!
  • Is teaching overseas an option for you? If it is, you will NOT want to miss the Education Fair at SFU Surrey this weekend. This teaching-overseas education fair brings 17 different organizations, representing every continent but Antarctica, to campus. They will be here to recruit students and new grads with Bachelors degrees and/or teaching certificates.

    Date: Saturday, Jan 24
    Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
    Location: Grand Hall, Surrey Campus

    Information: www.sfu.ca/career/EdFair.html for a list of the companies that will be present at the fair!

    Enter to win a $100 Visa gift card for your travels when you attend!

    This just might be your ticket to that international dream teaching job!

    Are you in balance?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Many employees are lacking a balance between work and the rest of their lives.
    Business suffers when employees don’t have work/life balance.

    Many individuals are starting 2009 with resolutions aimed at achieving better work-life balance, due to the need for juggling many roles involving work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service.

    Click here to check out if you’re in balance:  Work-Life Balance Quiz

    Also, join in on the ‘SFU wellness fun’ by participating with the:

    Ever wish you could track your active living progress, map your activity, nutrition, hydration, and sleep all in one place? Looking for somewhere to set goals, join teams, receive motivational emails, enter contests and challenges? Well, this is it! Program open to all members of the SFU community. Registration starts January 5th, and program runs January 28 – March 18. Register early to secure a spot!
    Register online at: www.healthycommunity.ca/sfu

    Other resources on this topic:
    Work-Life Balance.com
    Human Resources Skill Development Canada

    Canadian Mental Health Association

    Considering a career in non-profit?

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Work in the nonprofit sector offers many possibilities and the opportunity to work for the greater good. The sector encompasses a wide range of career options including administration, programming, communications, and operations.

    Mon, Jan 19: Working in the Non-Profit Sector 
    2:30 – 4:30pm
    Halpern Centre, Burnaby Campus 

    Representatives from the Alliance for Arts and Culture, SUCCESS, YWCA Vancouver and the Take A Hike Foundation will discuss  topics such as the rewards and challenges of working in the nonprofit sector, misconceptions, and discuss their own career paths and motivation for working in nonprofit organizations.

    Here’s who is joining us:

    Peter Boychuk, Director of Communications, Alliance for Arts and Culture, an advocacy organization that champions artist, representing and serving a membership of more than 330 arts organizations and individuals drawn from all artistic disciplines.  http://www.allianceforarts.com/ 

    Araz Rismani, Program Manager, SUCCESS.  SUCCESS is a multi-service agency with a mandate to promote the well being of all Canadians and immigrants with a focus in five major areas: social services, employment services, business and economic development services, training and education services, and health services.

    Manjit Sangha,  Transition House Support Worker, YWCA Vancouver, one of the largest and most diversified non-profits in the Lower Mainland.  YWCA Vancouver is committed to fostering economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. http://www.ywcavan.org/

    Michelle Berry, Executive Director, Take A Hike Foundation, an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, counselling, and community involvement. http://www.takeahikefoundation.org/

    To register: 

    Go to www.sfu.ca/wil/symplicity and login with your SFU Computing ID and password.

    Click on the Events tab at the top of the page and then the click on the Workshops tab.

    Scroll down to “Career Services & Volunteer Services: Working in the Non-Profit Sector” on January 19.

    Click RSVP.

    Networking the Digital You @ Marketers’ Night on Nov 7th

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Networking is a pretty useful tool if you want to find the job of your dreams. You might not even know it exists! As a student of Communication and Interactive Arts & Technology, and currently on a Co-op work term, I’ve learnt that networking at conferences, career events and even on the job am very important in creating and eventually establishing your network of connections.

    Last year, I attended a networking event hosted by the SFU Student Marketing Association (SMA). This was no ordinary networking opportunity: it was one of the largest student-run networking events in the Lower Mainland and tickets sold out in one week. The 18th Annual Marketers’ Night: A Green Affair was held at the Jennifer Kostuik Art Gallery in Gastown. The theme of the event was green marketing, which was, and still is, a hot topic in marketing and corporate ethics and practice. There was amazing food, classy and contemporary atmosphere and some very informative and highly prestigious speakers from companies such as Cowie and Fox, a full service advertising agency located in Vancouver, and General Motors Canada.

    On Friday November 7th, SMA will be hosting the 19th Annual Marketers’ Night: Branding the Digital You. This year’s theme is online marketing and digital media production. We are spending more and more time online, such as shopping online from Futureshop and Amazon, searching the web through engines such as Google, visiting blogs and forums, viewing media an sites such as Youtube, swarming to social networking sites such as Facebook at every opportunity, researching products and companies and visiting their websites, being bombarded by online ads and messages and playing online games and other digital media.

    This year, and due to overwhelming demand, Marketers’ Night will be attended by over 350 students and professionals. Students from SFU, UBC, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Douglas College, Capilano University and Langara College will be attending. Elusive speakers from Blast Radius, Futureshop, ADObjects and over 100 professionals from the marketing and media industries will be present.

    Tickets are on sale now and available at SFU Burnaby in the 2nd floor of the West Mall Complex across from Raven’s. Visit www.marketersnight.com for more information and a chance to register for the event and reserve your spot for what will be the biggest student-run networking event in the Lower Mainland this fall.

    Back to last year’s event….I had the opportunity to volunteer which allowed me to go behind the scenes and learn about how the event was organized and how to network and talk to industry professionals in a courteous and professional matter. By the end of the night, I realized a few things: (for better and for worse):

    1) Don’t approach EVERY company at the event. If you have business cards, don’t hand them out like flyers. Approaching each and every industry member makes you seem very unprofessional and unfocused. Especially if you don’t know very much about them. This leads me into my next point… (more…)

    REPOST: Applying to Grad School Session

    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

    While Career Services offered another session in 2008 on ‘Applying to Grad School’, some of the faculty representatives strongly recommended this blog post from 2007, so hear it is! …….

    With some help from SFU experts and SFU Career Services! If anyone missed the fabulous info session last year on October 18, 2007 on navigating the confusing waters of grad school applications, here’s some of the most important highlights from the session.

    The panel of Dr. George Agnes (SFU Graduate Studies Associate Dean), Dr. Cheryl Amundsen (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education), Brian O Ma (PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences), Dr. David Andolfatto (Graduate Chair, Department of Economics) and Danielle Deveau (PhD Candidate, School of Communication) were there to share some wisdom with SFU grad school hopefuls.

    It may not have been what we wanted to hear, but the first (and most important) piece of advice that the experts had for us was to do your homework.!  If you want to find the grad school that’s right for you, you need to start looking at schools now! Some of the questions to ask?

    What research area do I want to concentrate on?
    The panel talked a lot about the fabulous opportunity that grad school offers to find your area of expertise, to make your contribution. Say goodbye to undergrad survey courses! Remember that if you are in the sciences, you’ll most likely be working with a single professor in a lab, and humanities and social science students often go through grad school in a cohort.

    Is there someone doing research in that area already? Are they a leader in their field?
    Everyone agreed that finding the right supervisor was key for students in the sciences – even more important than finding the right program. Think about if they are doing the work that you want to do, how many students they have supervised, whether they are a well-established faculty member or relatively new, if they supervise really closely or are more hands-off. If you’re in the humanities or social sciences, you’ll probably be concentrating more on coursework or doing grad school in a cohort – so often finding a supervisor isn’t as crucial.



    Sunday, October 19th, 2008

    Get helpful hints on how to select a graduate program, the application, the process, timing and deadlines and what you can do to increase your chances of being admitted to the graduate school of your choice.   Question and answer session to follow.

    Date: Tue, Oct 21
    Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
    Location: Burnaby Campus – Career Services (Maggie Benston Centre — MBC 0300), ground floor 

    Set aside some time in your busy schedule and attend…

    Thursday, October 9th, 2008

    Fall Wellness Festival
    Relax tired muscles with a free massage, give laughter yoga a try, sample some tasty treats, watch the infamous campus catwalk, enjoy some traditional First Nations drumming and more, at this year’s Fall Wellness Festival. Visit http://students.sfu.ca/wellness/festival/ for more info
    Wednesday, October 15, 11am – 2pm
    North AQ, SFU Burnaby

    Go International – Come to the IOF on September 16th!

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    With Travel Cuts located at SFU’s Burnaby campus, it’s hard not to notice the advertisements for flight deals to destinations around the world. But, while you debate about a quick vacation escape, why not try something a little different? You could find yourself embarking on a journey that brings you home with oodles of pictures, a flavor for international food and a new addition to your resume.

    The benefits of this type of travel are far-reaching. The opportunities allow students to gain experience, immerse themselves in a different culture and make contacts, whether they are friends or future employers.

    You’ll find out what options are available for students interested in saying goodbye to Canada and hello to adventure as the Burnaby campus gears up for the annual International Opportunities Fair happening Tuesday, September 16th from 10:00am – 3:30pm in Convo Mall. The event provides students a place where they can explore numerous international work, study and volunteer opportunities.

    Find out more information and register online at www.sfu.ca/intlopfair!

    Get Ready to Meet Symplicity…Coming August 25!

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

    Career Talk Event

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

    SUCCESS Employment Services – New Westminster Centre
    Pro-Tech Career Connect Program
    (an employment program for professional and technical individuals)


    Terraprobe Geoscience Corp. Career Talk

    July 31, 2008    1:30 – 3:00 PM

    Employment Opportunities for:
    Technical Sales Rep
    Office Manager

    For more information visit:  www.success.bc.ca

    The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative.

    Career Services Green Career Week Day 5: An Interview with Mrs. Sustainability SFU!

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    Candace Bonfield eats, breaths, and sleeps Sustainability….so she thought why not make SFU more sustainable!  That is one of the reasons she donated her time to be interviewed for Green Career Week.