Future Goals: 2017 Grads

Young girl in a deep thoughtsRemember the stress?

Heading into mid-terms as the graduation finish-line is getting closer and closer everyday.  The need to focus on school, and other commitments while trying not to forget the next step is finding a job.

This year we’re following three 2017 grads as they share their experiences over the year. This month, we asked our 2017 grads how they create goals for themselves and looking forward to life after Mohawk, what are some of those goals?

Alex 200Alex – Financial Services, ’17

I’ve never been one for setting the future in stone. Because its not. Things can always change and not go the way we want them to go. I can tell you right now being here at Mohawk College was not on my future goal list a few years ago. But I’m happy I made the choice to come here. I like to always take advantage of the unplanned opportunities that come my way. Every day is a new day and my goals have always changed.

This semester I have noticed a lot of job fairs, and I enjoy attending them to network with future employers. My teachers and program coordinator are always trying to set us up for success too by bringing employers to the school for us to meet and network with.

I am always open to further education but not quite sure what it will be yet, whether its more time at Mohawk, a few classes or even online.

I think I would like to work at Scotiabank as a financial advisor one day because I enjoy that company and the service I get from them with my own banking.

Another job I have looked into is being an Automotive Finance Manager. My dad has always been a cars salesman so I’ve been around dealerships a lot. Selling might not be my forte but finances are.

Part of me just wants to find a job that will make me money and then take a few trips. I am constantly growing and trying to figure myself out. I was never one for travelling when I was younger, but I feel like I am ready and want to visit different parts of the world while I’m still young. Who knows, that may even change my career path.

See you in the future everyone!

Chanchal 200Chanchal – Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals, ’17

Goals are one of the most important things in a person’s life. Without goals, life seems to be plain and it does not have any fun. I believe in making short term and long term goals, so that I know where I stand and how far I need to go.

Thinking about a job is really a big question to me. It is not easy to find a job, when you have graduated in some particular field  internationally, it is difficult to go through all the credential procedures and you are given all kinds of exams, in order to start working as a professional. It will take time in the beginning but to make my future better, I have to wait for the right time and the right opportunity. However, I am an optimistic person so I never give up easily. As long as you have hope in yourself, you can achieve anything in this world.

Recently, I went to a career job fair, which had almost 150 employers looking for employees. I went to many of them and had a great conversation about the different jobs. But, as I said, I am an internationally trained health care professional, they politely said no.

However, I am attending several workshops which can aid me to succeed in my future interviews. I recently attended interview intelligence, the art of career networking, and dress for success. These workshops are helping me to build networking skills and they are boosting my confidence to another level.

After graduating from my current program, I will start working on my academic goal to become an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon. However, to get into a dental school, I need to clear lot of theoretical exams and clinical exams. In the future, I see myself as a Dental surgeon working in a multi-specialty dental hospital.

 

Natalie 200Natalie – Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant, ’17/ Health, Wellness & Fitness, ’15

As the semester continues, my anxiety of finding a job for the future is rising. I have been looking for careers in my field since September of my second year. This field of work is increasingly becoming competitive so I have been browsing for jobs so I know where to look when I am finished. I believe I have the education and skills for my role in the health field, but I am petrified of interviews. I suck at them, but I will have to overcome that fear. In order to overcome this fear, I will go to workshops and utilize the wonderful career advisors at Mohawk to get myself ready and prepared for the upcoming interviews.

I would love to become an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist but to be honest I have already been in school for 5 years and want to get in to the working field. I believe in the future I will pursue that long term goal, but for right now I would love to get into the work force. I will be a graduate of two great programs at Mohawk and they will give me a great foundation. The Health, Wellness and Fitness program and the Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant program will allow me to implement exercise and functional programs for my patients.

My ideal job is in a hospital setting working with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or mental health. I have a passion for mental health and believe brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are intensive, but can be a rewarding career as I help patients to become independent after a traumatic accident.

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