Quiz: Career Journey 

Seanda, London ON


If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?
If i didn't have to sleep, I would find other ways to rest, relax, and rejevenate. I don't view sleep as a waste of precious time...it is important down time for the psyche, spirit, physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Meditation, quiet time, and introspection/reflection would be dedicated to "extra time". 

What is the last picture you took on your phone?
The last picture is of a bottle of propolis tincture and ginger/turmeric tonic that I made...an order ready for pick up. 

What do you do to relax after a hard days work?
Cook a healthy meal, drink tea, chat with my teenage son, if I have time...something creative like sewing or painting.

Do you have any hobbies?
Cooking, herbal alchemy, sewing, painting, walking in the woods. 

What is the title of the current chapter of your life? 
A Blast from the Past

 What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? 
A guided tour of Haida Gwaii 

How many jobs have you had?
6 plus a few entreprenurial endeavours 

What was your favourite job?
Current-LDCSB Educational Assistant 

What was your most unusual job?
Construction work

What is your current job? 
LDCSB Educational Assistant, currently contracted at a large elementary school working with exceptional/special needs children.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the pace of the job (non-stop, think on your feet, Plan B), striving to meet the needs of the children I work with in unique ways, the hours, the pay.

What do you like least about your job?
I like least the contract aspect and lack of permanent position, limited in scope by procedure/policy/administration, safety risk aspects, relying on EI during winter, spring, and summer breaks.

Did your career take the path you anticipated? Any surprises - good or bad?
My two work loves are preparing and teaching about healthy food and working with people (especially children) in a social service capacity...my career path has incorporated both of these aspects. I worked non-profit for many years...and it took a toll (burn out) because of the extraordinary demands of the job such as unpaid overtime, violent workplace incidents, lack of support from supervisor, etc.

What has been the biggest challenge in your job/career journey?
The biggest challenge is lack of accredited education. While I have several relevant skills in various areas with proven success (fund development, report writing, project management) obtaining employment opportunities requiring those skills has been difficult at times, even though I am more than qualified for the position.

Are you looking to make any job or career changes?
Just looking to obtain permanent work as an EA with the LDCSB rather than my current supply status.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out on your career journey?
Obtain more formal, post secondary education upon high school graduation...seek work that provides pension, benefits, security earlier on.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a career decision?
You are never to old to set a new goal...always strive to improve your work habits, be curious, take healthy risks, always take advantage of learning opportunities and training.