When you find what you love, age isn’t a factor

Returning to school is not something everyone would do. Starting a career at almost 40 years of age may sound even more daunting, but, as Chris Parker ‘99 discovered, when you find what you love to do, age isn’t a factor. A little push from those closest to you to pursue your dreams doesn’t hurt either.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Chris was solely interested in making money. Almost two decades later, he faced the implications of his decision when he became interested in law enforcement. After years of working in factory jobs, Chris’ hope for change came through a volunteer opportunity with his local police service. 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

New Day, New Lesson

magnify glassThere are many aspects of my job that involve skills other than that surrounding electrical knowledge. In many cases, when I go to a service call, I wear the hat of a detective.

“What was going on when you started having problems? How long has this been going on for? Can you show me what you had plugged in and turned on when this happened?”

Part of fixing the problem is finding one. But what do you do when there is no problem to find? Continue Reading

Taking My Son To Work

skateboardOn November 2, 2016, all students in Grade 9, Senior 1 (Manitoba), and Secondary III (Quebec) across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend, or volunteer host. This is a signature program of The Learning Partnership (thelearningpartnership.ca), a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advancing public education in Canada. The program is called, “Take Our Kids To Work” (thelearningpartnership.ca/TOKW), which has been running for 22 years, and has involved over 250,000 students and 75,000 businesses annually in a day of valuable career exploration and learning about the skills required in the world of work.

I really wish that they had this program in place back when I was in high school! It would have answered a lot of questions that I had back then about careers that I thought I was interested in pursuing. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and missteps in terms of what post-secondary programs to study and what jobs to apply for. Back in the mid-1980’s, all we had were guidance counsellors that could only provide outline information and resources about careers. The rest was pretty much up to us, the students, to figure things out. Continue Reading