It's Never Too Late to Appreciate a Great Education
When I was young, I didn't appreciate school one bit. It was little more than a place to meet up with my friends. I never did think much about my future or what I might want to do for a career, unlike my sister who knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was a young girl. My parents were restuarant owners/managers and it seemed likely that I would follow their footsteps. And, at first I did.
Much to the dismay of my family and friends, I quit school when I was in Grade 11 and moved out west just for adventure's sake. I admit thinking before leaping was not one of my strong suits. As the story goes, I married young and had a son, Kevin. I was a stay at home mom until my marriage feel apart, at the ripe old age of 20. As a result, I went to work as a waitress, which, for the most part, I enjoyed. However, when Kevin was approaching school age, I decided I needed to change jobs since I worked mostly nights and weekends (I'd never see Kev).
In 1987, as Kevin was marching off to Primary, I was marching off to Business College. I studied business courses such as: computers, accounting, communications, business math, etc. When I graduated in 1988 with a Word Processing Diploma, I decided I wasn't done with my education yet, so I re-enrolled in to my old high school. As an adult, I truly began to appreciate the value of a good education. I paid attention in class, never miss lessons, did my homework and soaked up knowledge like a parched puppy at the water pump.
When I graduated from high school (with an additional accounting diploma), I appied for and was accepted into Mount Saint Vincent University. Going to the Mount was a life changing experience for me. After studying part-time for nine years, I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Information Technology degree(a four-year program). While I was attending the Mount, I gained valuable work experience by taking part-time and contract positions which I received through my Mount contacts.
One of the most valuable work experiences I had was a (four-year) part-time position as a records clerk in the President's Office. Through this position, I met many people and learned the basics of working in a busy, executive office. While working under the supervision of the president's executive assistant, I helped with basic administrative tasks. For instance, I helped prepare items for various meetings such as executive, deans, and the Board of Governor's meetings, etc. It was through this job that I met Sister Betty Bellefontaine. Sister Betty was the head of the Department of Religious Studies, and had been elected to the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity--Halifax. She called me at the president's office one day to ask me if I was interested in applying for a full-time secretary position with the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity--Halifax. Before I graduated from my program I began to work for Sister Betty (and many more) with the agreement that I continue taking my courses until I graduate. And I did. I worked for the Sisters for the next seven years.
I met my partner, Eric, on an Internet chat site about nine years ago. At the time, he lived in Liverpool, and I lived in Halifax. We dated for six months before I decided to move to Liverpool. This was a crazy idea because I'm from Truro and knew next to nothing about the south shore. Here I go again, a leaping . . .
It's all good! When I moved to Liverpool, Eric showed me around and I fell in love with the area. The beaches, trees, rivers, lakes, I never want to move from the Liverpool area...I can honestly say I love living here. (We bought a small house in Milton and nine years later we are still as happy as two clams.)
When was I looking for a job that was as satisfying as the last few positions I had, I was unsure until I met a friend of Eric's who works for the school board. She suggested that I apply for a school administrative assistant job, and I did! I began working for the South Shore Regional School Board in 2004. I worked part-time for two-years before I secured a full-time position at Petite Riviere Elementary School (2006). And, the rest is history ... Working as a school administrative in a small, seaside, country school is a dream job for me. I intent to work there until I retire.
Although I am secure in my job (I have good senority), exploring options so that I may work for myself part-time is one of my life's goals. I work 10.5 months a year with long-weekends so I have the time to invest. Learning new skills has been a part of life for some years now. I plan to continue learning new things for the rest of my life!
That's why I made an appointment with a NSCC career councillor. With Kathleen's help, I'm exploring and planning various educational, professional, and personal goals. Taking the Website Development course was the first step in my new educational adventure. I now love leaping into life-long learning!