My story is no different than most others. It took some time to figure out my professional path. To be honest, I am still figuring it out. That’s perhaps the best part of professional development; the constant growing and learning.

I recall wanting to be many things, some very strange if I may say so myself, when “I grew up”.
For your entertainment, here are the top 3:

  • Matilda: I felt very connected to this fictional character because I too had a pretty extensive cardigan collection and had read Moby Dick at a young age. Her
    ability to utilize telekinesis to throw vegetables across the room and terrify her mean brother made her that much cooler to me. What can I say, I was young and impressionable. For your reference, this is Matildaimage of fictional character :
  • A Storm Chaser: Yes, you read that correctly. I wanted to chase storms for a living. Pretty ironic seeing as a door shutting loudly makes me jump higher than an Olympic athlete. I had seen the movie Twister and thought the combination of danger and love would make for a fulfilling life. Side note, if you have not seen the movie you are missing out and need to devote a Saturday night to this masterpiece, immediately.
  • Forensic Investigator: I thought it best to keep this interest a “hobby”. Too gory and stressful to take home every day, in my opinion. However, I remain “Investigation Discovery’s” top subscriber.

After I graduated from Port Credit High School in 2006, I attended the University of Western Ontario where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and History. I used my time at Western to really nurture my thirst for knowledge. I both loved and appreciated the fact that I was a part of something bigger than myself. I vividly remember reading Paradise Lost  and thinking to myself “I can’t believe that I could have gone through life without reading this”. As I said, I thrived in the academic environment and tried my best to make it the best experience possible. My plan was to go on to teacher’s college, but in my final year I realized that my passion for this dream died down significantly enough to make me reconsider. I had met someone working in the field of Human Resources and after several informational interviews; I felt strongly that I would enjoy this type of work. I ended up completing a post graduate in Human Resources Management and felt incredibly confident in my decision to pursue a career in HR. I feel so fortunate to be where I am today.

In my role as Coordinator, Events and Employment Services, I am responsible for connecting with employers and creating opportunities for students to connect with said employers on our campus by coordinating employment fairs, information sessions, regulating the job board, and organizing meaningful networking opportunities. I am a big advocate of experiential learning and am overjoyed that I’m able to assist with organizing the “In the Field” program where students can visit organizations and learn about how different business departments work together to form a cohesive business unit.

One of the best parts of my job is being surrounded by passionate colleagues who are always open to providing me with guidance and learning opportunities. “A commitment to continuous learning” describes the Career Centre flawlessly.

What I want to convey to you is that it’s completely alright and natural to explore different career options. It’s okay to feel uncertain, scared and overwhelmed. That is very much a part of the process and believe me when I tell you, you will end up exactly where you are supposed to be. We’re here to help! Just remember “Not all those who wander are lost”.

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