Quiz: Career Journey
Julia, London ON
If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?
Read more books (re-read the Harry Potter series) and relax with no distractions.
What is the last picture you took on your phone?
A piece of paper with a quote I liked "when you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself".
What do you do to relax after a hard days work?
Watch something funny, wrap myself in a cozy blanket, burn a scented candle and drink wine.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to be outside in nature whether it’s going on hiking trails or just taking my dog for a long walk.
Whats the title of the current chapter of your life?
Discovering The Magic
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
One day I’m going to travel to New Zealand to visit the Maori peoples and learn about their history and culture.
How many jobs have you had?
What was your favourite job?
As a university student I helped to develop and coordinate a Reading Buddies program in my home community. Even though this was unpaid work experience, it definitely stands out as my favourite!
What was your most unusual job?
Insolvency Clerk at Canada Revenue Agency which involved working with numbers all day and it was unusual because I never had the opportunity to meet the people behind the numbers.
What is your current job?
I'm currently working as a Community Health Promotion Worker at the Oneida Health Centre. My job entails program planning to encourage and support healthy lifestyles for all age groups from children to seniors in the Oneida of the Thames First Nation.
What do you love most about your job?
I love working in a community setting with a public health focus to educate and help make healthy choices easier for individuals and their families. I especially enjoy working with children at the school.
What do you like least about your job?
What I like least about my job is a close tie between sitting at a desk for most of the day and administrative paperwork.
Did your career take the path you anticipated? Any surprises - good or bad?
Since my first year university course in Health and Wellness I knew I wanted to work to improve the health status of the First Nation population. I am a little surprised I was so easily allured by many well-paying jobs until I finally realized that the most fulfilling work is with my home community.
What has been the biggest challenge in your job/career journey?
Early in my career I worked as health policy analyst which started off very exciting but then after a few years I became dispassionate in this position and I was laid off. Overcoming this challenging time taught me a lot about myself and has lead me to a happy place in my career.
Are you looking to make any job or career changes?
Not at the moment. In my current job I'm fortunate to have the freedom and encouragement to do what I am passionate about and I feel that I'm making a real difference.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out on your career journey?
Know yourself. Trust yourself. Listen to and follow your heart.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a career decision?
Don’t be afraid to take career risks if you are in a position to do so. One of my favourite sayings is: “The Magic (personal growth) happens outside of your comfort zone”.