Quiz: Career Journey 

Vanessa, London, ON


If you didn’t have to sleep what would you do with the extra time?
I would spend my time gardening and and sewing, and probably baking/cooking. 

What is the last picture you took on your phone?
The last picture I took on my phone was of my sister  and her youngest daughter looking at a Darth Vader mask. 

What do you do to relax after a hard days work?
I don't know if I actually ever relax (always seem to have something to do or lots on my mind), but I do enjoy watching some tv before bed. Watching Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere, is a favourite before bed.  

Do you have any hobbies?
Sewing, drawing, watercolour, cooking, baking, researching whatever has caught my interest (history, food, space, etc.)     

Whats the title of the current chapter of your life? 
Treading Water and Looking for Land (it has been a long chapter) 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? 
A canoe trip on the Nahanni River (Northwest Territories). 

How many jobs have you had?
I have had 11 jobs

What was your favourite job?
If I include raising my kids, that would be it. Other than that I am really not sure. 

What was your most unusual job?
Call Centre. I can't even remember what service we offered. 

What is your current job? 
Currently I am a homemaker with 3 kids and trying to figure out what I should  be doing with the rest of my life (31 years old and not sure where I belong).

What do you love most about your job?
Well, spending time with my kids is the number one thing I love about my job, but I also love cooking for them. 

What do you like least about your job?
The things I least like is doing the dishes after the cooking (I would rather clean the bathroom), but I guess if I want to make the next meal it has to get done.

Did you career take the path you anticipated? Any surprises - good or bad?
I am not too sure about that yet, still figuring that out.

What has been the biggest challenge in your job/career journey?
My biggest challenge so far is just trying to find my path.

Are you looking to make any job or career changes? 
Yes and no. Still need (and want) to care for my kids. However, I do want to do more. Not sure what that is yet, but I want to do something that matters and something my kids can look up to.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you were starting out on your career journey?
Don't be afraid to try many different paths to find what is a good fit for you, and don't stay in something just because you were on that route when you decided when you were 17 years old (who knows anything when they are 17). You aren't wasting your education you are just expanding upon it (even if you don't use it in your new career, knowledge is never a bad thing). I hate the idea that someone should just stay in the status quo and accept anything if things can be improved (happiness, health, meaningfulness, etc).

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a career decision?
Keep trying new things until you find the path that works for you.