A Second Career In My 20s, Looking Back

After reading a recent post by current 2nd-time student, Melissa Melanson in A Second Career in My 20s, grad Bobbi Jo wanted to share her similar experience from more than 25 years ago.

I started at Mohawk on the Fennell Campus, fresh out of high school in 1988. Towards my later years in high school, I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do but knew that I really enjoyed keyboarding and shorthand. I heard about the Office Admin course through my sister who had taken the course and really enjoyed it. I applied and was accepted and started in September 1988.  Little did I know (20+ years and a second stint in Mohawk later) that those ‘roots’ would be coming back to me. Continue Reading

10 Things I’ve Learned As An Intern

woman at deskBeing an intern (see also: summer student or co-op student) might make you feel like the low man on the totem pole, but there are many valuable lessons to be learned at the bottom. Throughout my college and university careers, I’ve interned at numerous organizations and corporations – each one much different than the last. I owe a lot of what I know now and where I am now to my early exposure to the workforce.

If I could sum up my entire internship experience with 10 key take-aways, these would be it: Continue Reading

The Number One Thing Writing Has Taught Me

tea notebookWithin the last year the amount I have been writing has increased daily. I was presented an opportunity that, even though I spent countless moments going back and forth with it, I ultimately could not pass up. I knew since then that I had to buckle down and start writing, and writing and writing, seriously, too. There was no longer time for constant stares at blank pages. There were deadlines to be met and readers to impress. There was also one big fear to overcome. One big lesson to learn. Continue Reading

The Endless Wait And How To Cope

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With graduation having come and gone, it is now time to truly face life after school, for this year’s graduates. The hardest part is the wait between the end of college and the beginning of your career, because this wait is one that can go by in a flash to those who are lucky but can also feel like an endless void ahead. The easiest thing to do when it feels like there is no end in sight is to just give up, but that is hardly the right choice to make out of so many. Not everyone is the same, and no two industries have the same job market, but there are things that everyone can do to make the wait seem less terrible. Continue Reading

Reach For Those Promotions

child bubbleIt took me a long time to get to where I am today in my career. There have been many twists and turns in my career path.

I’m not even working in the same field that I first studied at school.

I decided in the last several years, since I was laid off from my long-term manufacturing job, that I would accept any opportunity that was presented to me.

That’s how I ended up with my new career promotion to General Manager. I always wondered what it would be like to work in a position of authority like that.  I’m still learning new skills and ideas every day. Continue Reading