As 2017 comes to an end, the Class of 2017 graduates look back on how far they’ve come since graduation and where they hope to go next.
Natalie – Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant, ’17/ Health, Wellness & Fitness, ’15
It is crazy to think I have not been in school for 6 months. It felt like yesterday I was preparing for written and practical exams to head out onto my placements. Time really does fly when your having fun. I don’t miss the stress of having tests, assignments and exams however I do miss learning and being with my friends!!
Things have changed in the last 6 months of my life. I have been trying to keep myself busy. I work six days a week and I am volunteering as a Coach for the Special Olympics Basketball team in the Niagara Region. I am slowly starting to feel like an adult with bills to pay.
I think for being out of school for 6 months some of my goals have changed. At this point, I am happy with a job that supports my lifestyle and that is enjoyable for me to go to every day. I am still searching for a full time permanent position within my field but time and experience will lead me there. My goals on becoming the therapist has changed at this time. I like being the assistant, doing the hands on treatments and getting to know the patient as a person. I would still love to work within the hospital setting but like I said getting experience first is important.
Things change and so will my life and career goals and I can’t wait for what the future holds!
Chanchal – Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals, ’17
Until asked, I did not even realize; it’s been 6 months since when I graduated. It feels like years, when I last went to school. Whenever I see students walking by, I realize what I am missing; the fun and cool life of college. The school is definitely being missed. There were many ups and downs since I graduated. There were so many things going on at the same time, whether it was financial issues, job search or job interviews.
I always try to make short term and long term goals. Some of the short term goals have been met, but I am still working on my long term goals. I am still preparing for my dental board exams; I try to study after work. But due to full time work and a busy schedule I am finding it hard to concentrate on my studies. Whereas when I graduated I thought I would get more time to study, but it’s not going as planned. So, I do re-evaluate my goals once in a while, so that I know where I stand in the race called life.
I am still trying to find opportunities in my field.
The only thing I know is that I have never learned to give-up.
Sometimes, life may seems to be hard on you, but don’t lose hope and faith.