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

Learning Forever

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

5 Tips For Back To School Season

school kids runningSeptember – 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

Returning to School, a Fabulous Opportunity

book loveGoing 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

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