More Freedom to Learn

Freedom to Learn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been watching with great interest over the years how Mohawk College has been slowly implementing and improving their Online Learning programs.  I was always familiar with Distance Education in the traditional correspondence format, but the course offerings were somewhat limited.  This has drastically changed with Online Learning.  The course offerings have grown not only in numbers, but also in the type of course being offered.  It was soon time for me to get involved with this! Continue Reading

Determined to Complete My Education

Laura Herbert

Laura Herbert with her son, Thomas.

Through an unexpected pregnancy I was instinctively brought to a stirring Advocacy project to make Mohawk College more accessible to everyone who sets their sights on a higher education. When people think college life, they don’t think of pregnancy, parenthood, childcare costs or sleepless nights; sharing the experience with a child. I myself was once ignorant to the inevitable struggles faced by many or our peers-being a parent while navigating through post-secondary education. Continue Reading

When I Grow Up…

Alumni-Blog-Entry5What do you want to be when you grow up? Throughout the course of our adolescent and teenage lives we have all been asked this question over and over again. I, like many when they were younger, just thought of the coolest jobs I could think of: dolphin trainer or rock star; the latter to which I am still hopeful for. However, over the years the answer to that question is expected to get more serious. When I was posed with that question (again) at 25 years old I knew it was time to nail down what I wanted to do for a career. After attending Mohawk College in the evening, part time, taking business classes while working, I made the most terrifying decision of my life: I was going to quit my job and attend Mohawk as a full time student. So, I enrolled in the Business Marketing program. I didn’t know it at the time, but this turned out to be the best decision I could have made.

So, there I was having the ‘college experience’, meeting new people and getting the education I needed to land my dream job. I could write 200 blog posts to tell you all of the ways my experiences at Mohawk helped me get to where I am now (and where I’ll be in 5 years from now), but who has that kind of time. So I’ll settle by telling you about the one thing almost all of those experiences have in common – my professors. Whether it was learning the ins and outs of retail with Pat Koledjeski, discussing the market mix with Deborah Weston or evaluating integrated marketing campaigns with Janice Shearer each and every one of my professors inspired me to do the very best I was capable of doing.

Jen Elson 2009

Jennifer Elson, 2009 Ontario College Marketing Competition Winner

Not only did Mohawk offer me such great opportunity for learning in class, but I was lucky enough to be involved in Mohawk with extracurricular activities within the marketing department as well. I took part in the Ontario College Marketing Competition as well as the BDC Case Challenge in Montreal.

Fast forward to 2012 and I find myself living in Winnipeg, MB with my significant other and son. Moving to Winnipeg was bittersweet for me. I grew up here and missed my family; however, it was far away from Toronto and, I thought, far away from where I saw my career. To my surprise, Winnipeg houses an award winning marketing communications firm and this is where I go to work every day. Creative briefs, marketing campaigns and client satisfaction is part of my everyday life and I owe a big thank for to Mohawk for helping me get here.

I hope to bring some laughs and insight to the Mohawk Alumni Blog. I’ll be writing about life as a working mom and my experiences working within the marketing industry.

JenniferElson– Jen Elson
Business – Marketing (Co-op) ‘10
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