Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 13 March 2018
If you love reading academic texts and writing up long, advanced arguments about the state of your field of study then academia is for you. Your success is exactly what you put in and is definitely not for the lazy or faint of heart.
Fairly flexible and free working hours
Stress, writer's block, arguments and disagreements with peers common
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 7 March 2018
Simon Fraser University allows its student to keep working and learning about their careers as they study through a work-study program. I have been working through this program since I started university at SFU.
Student Caller (part-time) (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 29 January 2018
days are very punctual and a typical day is only 4 hours. I learned how to be persuasive over the phone when looking for donations for scholarships and evolved my verbal social skills. The environment was fun because I was working with like-minded students. the hardest part of the job was being denied donations and having to deal with rejection for a majority of the shift.
Administrator/Program Assistant (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 11 January 2018
Loved the team I worked with, I am now retired and do still visit and keep in touch with the office staff I worked with. We are all able to help each other and the part I loved most was dealing with the students and the public.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 4 January 2018
Dr.Plettner's lab in SFU is my first working place. I've learned so much throughout the year as a volunteer as well as a full-timer during the summer. I've also made some good friends and they accepted me more willingly than i expected. The most enjoyable part of the job would probably be the time we spent together after work and when everyone worked hard as a team.
Sinon Fraser Temporary Pool (Former Employee) – Surrey, BC – 1 December 2017
Working at Simon Fraser offered me the opportunity of exposure to a lot of different office and work environments doing a variety of tasks I had not done previously. I enjoyed the opportunity to grow in knowledge and found the personnel at all the locations I was placed, pleasant and friendly.
Surrey campus was close to home, and variety of tasks was great
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 9 July 2017
Being a TA is a great way for students to earn income while developing many skills, such as presentation abilities, providing feedback and constructive criticism, as well as developing engaging lesson plans.
Student Caller (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 28 June 2017
The most enjoyable part of the job is to talk to alumni about their experiences in school and their life after, as well as high school students who are incredibly eager to go to SFU. Their enthusiasm is encouraging which makes my day. Unfortunately, there are times when they do not feel like listening to a phone call, especially one that is asking them for money. In these cases, I would assure that the purpose of the call is not simply raising money but to reconnect with alumni too. This increases the chances of successfully convincing alumni to donate.
Student Fundraiser (Former Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 1 May 2017
Although the pay is typically low, it is great for students who are taking the job more for the experience, not so much for the financial aspect of it. SFU does provide a joyful environment in which students can develop life skills at work and have fun at the same time. One gets to meet all kinds of amazing people and make lots of connections.