Learning for life was never really a concept I gave much thought to as I made my way through years of a post-secondary education. I can clearly recall the last semester in my fourth year of university, counting down the days to be finished. No more essays. No more peer-reviewed articles. No more hours spent in a library surviving on peanut butter sandwiches.
But then I went to college for a post-grad certificate and things changed. Yes, it was still a ton of work, but I was given more opportunities to be creative and work with students in other programs, and I could start to see a path to a career. Continue Reading
September – It’s that time of year again: Back to School Season!
As the summer comes to an end, students are settling in for a new exciting school year and transitioning back into their normal daily routines. The beginning of the school year tends to be very thrilling for all: they encounter new teachers, friends and of course, learning something completely fresh. Each year, students are faced with the challenge of adapting to their new transition of education institution, such as the move between Elementary School, High School and Post-Secondary Education. We all experienced these changes differently and the outcome for each individual can either affect us positively or negatively during our time as students.
Approach from a personal experience:
As a First-Canadian generation, my parents have always instilled the value of education and how we are fortunate to live in a country that is filled with grand opportunities to create a successful future – something that can be easily be taken for granted. Continue Reading
Going back to school while working full time and raising a child later in life is a challenge; it is also a fabulous opportunity.
If someone would have told me when I was in my early twenties, graduating from a Business program, that I would take distance education classes in my forties for Library Technician Studies … I would have looked at them as though they had three heads. It simply was not a direction I planned on going then, and as a young person, I thought I had my life journey all planned out. Continue Reading
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
Career momentum and continual learning are two common themes that I hear often. For many, myself included, there is the idea that success in any career is equated with the notion that if you work hard and do your best, the rewards will pay off. The reality is when we compete for success we have a tendency to compare our own skills to that of others. I believe that this is one of the motivating factors for many to integrate continued learning as part of their platform for long term career success. Continue Reading