Looking Back and Going Forward

Take Chances

With my current contract ending with the Mohawk Students’ Association it made me take a look at the past couple years. I have worked for the MSA for 3 years but it seems so much less. I love working for such a great organization that it doesn’t feel like work when I am here. I started out as a bartender/serving in the Arnie, I then applied for Director of Special Events on the MSA Board for which I got hired and once that contract was done I was given the opportunity to work for the MSA again as a Student Services Assistant at the IAHS campus. The past 3 years of my life were completely random but have been wonderful. I never envisioned myself ever being on a student government which I now wouldn’t change for the world. The people I have met over the past 3 years have changed my life and also have impacted my future.

No matter where you work whether it is what you want to be doing or completely different it always, in a way, benefits you. I love doing events but more so; banquets, weddings and conferences. As Director of Special Events for the MSA I’ve had the opportunity to learn set up of bands, DJs, video equipment, pub nights, comedian shows as well as marketing. I want to have my own wedding/banquet business one day and knowing these little things gives me an advantage over the competition. The more you learn the more you can do on your own which can save you and your clients a lot of money. What a fantastic set of skills to have!

Networking is very important. You meet people and engage with people every day unknowing that one day they could be your employer, your client, your employee or your competition. Always be nice to people, leave a great impression, build a relationship (even if it just a small one) and always keep business cards even if they are not relevant at the time. You never know when you will need a resource or contact. I have met so many people over the years that at the time seemed so unimportant but I have used them many times since for a job, a contact for someone else or even a contact/job for them.

Now that I am entering another stage of my life looking for a career, this is the time that I go through my contacts and use them to my advantage. I may not get a job because of them but I could also get my dream job because of them. I have nothing to lose, so putting myself out there doesn’t hurt. Always try and live your life by taking chances and doing something new because you just may learn something that changes your future forever. It is exciting and scary all at the same time but it’s what makes life interesting.

CassandraMartinCassandra Martin
Travel and Tourism ’12
cassandra.martin@mohawkcollege.ca

Follow Cassandra @cdm18_1

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