“I first started towards my career change in 2008 when I accessed the WorkBC program in Abbotsford. I started upgrading in preparation for my education in Integrated Enviromental Planning (IEP) at Selkirk. I found a good fit with the environmental industry after working through a detailed career path planning seminar. In IEP I found I really enjoyed the mapping aspect and returned to school for an Advanced Diploma in GIS (mapping). I had the opportunity to work 1 year in Regina with SASKPOWER as a GIS specialist.
Unable to find work in the local region I began seeking help with KCDS in Sept 2016. After some life changes I applied to the Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) program to complete my degree feeling that I just needed a little bit more education to stand out in that industry in this local area. I got hired 1 month before I completed my main studies at Selkirk. During the past 3 months I juggled being single mom, a student for one tough online computer programming class and a ft job.
It has been a long journey but I never gave up! I volunteered locally, took volunteer positions in mapping and became a local which took a long time but success was found. This area can be tough to find sustainable jobs but one needs to be open to creating the job experience any way they can. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with KCDS to develop my career and blossom as person.”