Quiz: Career Journey

Jodi, Midland ON


If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?
Meditation/Spirituality Practice. 

What is the last picture you took on your phone?
My son and I travelling to buy shoes.

 What do you do to relax after a hard days work?
Get in my pyjamas, under a blanket or have a bath.

Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking, yoga, jewellery making, cooking, baking.

Whats the title of the current chapter of your life? 
It was the Right Choice. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? 
The most amazing adventure would be love. Someone to share the most amazing adventure with. 

How many jobs have you had?

What was your favourite job?
Herbal Magic 

What was your most unusual job?
Florist. There were times I would have to fix wilted or broken flowers on the casket (with the deceased visible) 

What is your current job? Feel free to add details or a description.
I am the Indigenous Program Assistant working at a Community Health Centre.
50% - I coordinate the Healthy Kids Community Challenge North Simcoe, a Ministry of Health Inititiative; Aborignal stream.
50%-I support the Traditional Healing Program as Oshkabewis and administrative and program support.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety I get with my position. Some days I am hosting a meeting for 14 Community partners, some days I am facilitating programs for First Nations Seniors or breastfeeding Mom's. Other days I am the Program Managers right hand, sometimes I lead the other program assistants.  Sometimes I am in the healing room with the Healers all week assisting them, some days I host sweatlodges and other ceremonies with my other team members, and some days I am schedling healing appointments, talking with clients and staff or going shopping for programs or meetings or driving a client to the bus for treatment.
I love my job because no matter what I am doing, it's always to help another person in some way, shape or form.

What do you like least about your job?
I have worked in jobs where I have a lot of freedom to choose my day, so its been a change and can be a challenge sometimes to not have the same freedom in this job.  Also, I wish the pay was a little more reflective of the tasks that I am responsible for rather than my title. 

Did your career take the path you anticipated? Any surprises - good or bad?
When I went to college, I wanted to work in a shelter for women and help them get back on their feet. I was given a job posting for a healthy weights research project through a local Mètis organization. I am non-status First Nation, I had previously worked for a weight loss company prior to college and was overweight as a child, so the job was mine. I never expected to follow my culture through my career, but it has been the ultimate blessing. It found me and I have learned so much in a very short amount of time.

What has been the biggest challenge in your job/career journey?
Lack of education or experience and being thrown into projects without training or clarity. This is both a positive and a negative though. Finding time as a single Mom of 2 to work, self care, go to school, etc. is also a challenge. 

Are you looking to make any job or career changes? Why or why not?
I am heading back to school to get my degree in September 2018. I want to stay where I am currently employed and either take over as Traditional Healing Coordinator or Project Management, or Counselor/Social Worker. I am very happy where I am, they will support me through school and the organization aligns with my inclusive values.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out on your career journey?
Talk to a guidance counselor. Schedule multiple meetings with them and hone in on your skills and passions. (I was 28 when I went to college, I wish I would've known earlier that Indigenous Health was a perfect fit).

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a career decision?
A career should never be about the money, it should be about passion.  It's extremely hard to fail at something you are passionate about.