Coincidence is a funny thing.
I can’t tell you how many personal blogs I’ve started that went really well for a few weeks before completely fizzling out. My love of writing always seemed to draw me back to the exciting process of starting something new: taking that unique angle, finding that itching voice inside and scratching it, then setting it free into the seemingly empty vacuum that is the Internet.
The feeling of starting a blog was an intoxicating dose of freedom. When I was growing up, the possibility of publishing something that anyone could see was unimaginable. Actually, blogs were a kind of revelation to a lot of people. So, I eventually decided to start one. It wasn’t long before the novelty wore off, however. Why would anyone care what I had to say? What did I even have to say in the first place? I’d wait a few months or even a few years, abandon the blog and then start all over again. I built, but never maintained. I was a terrible blogger.
And so the years went by, and I eventually cast aside all thoughts of blogging. There was something almost masochistic in it that didn’t seem… healthy. Like I kept starting a relationship and breaking it off at the first sign of commitment.
That is, until this past September. I had just started a new job at Simon Fraser University Career Services as a Career Advisor. Coincidentally, a blog sort of came with the job, so I thought it would be fun to tackle the weekly entries. The weeks went by, and amazingly enough, instead of being scared away by my obligation, I actually started to look forward to writing each new post! And as far as I know, there are a few people out there who actually read them. So, I’ve been writing every week ever since, and absolutely loving it.
Which is why you’re reading my words right now—recently I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a Career Options blogger as well. So I thought, for this post, that it would be prudent to say a little bit about myself, the person whose flowery verbiage you’ll be reluctantly excitedly reading every Wednesday.
I describe myself as a prairie boy who got lost out on the West Coast. I grew up in Edmonton, and initially went to school at the University of Alberta, until about 6 years ago when I decided to make a move out to Vancouver, where I’m living today (my Vancouverite fiancée has a lot to do with that). After finishing my BA in psychology at UBC, I pursued a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and, through a series of practicums and other projects, became very involved and invested over time in the well-being of the student population at Simon Fraser University (SFU). So, when the opportunity to become a Career Advisor here became available, I jumped at it and haven’t really looked back.
I’ve been helping post-secondary students in some capacity for several years now, and can say without hesitation that it’s something I thoroughly enjoy doing on a daily basis. You may not realize it, but being a post-secondary student puts you among the most intelligent, successful and adaptable portion of the population. Whether it’s been through consulting on someone’s résumé or cover letter, or having a deeper conversation about career ambition/confusion, I’ve seen some pretty amazing and inspiring students who have taught me a lot, and I imagine that this will continue to be true.
It’s my hope that with this blog, I’ll be able to share a few of the lessons that I’m continuing to learn as a Career Advisor, and maybe some little pieces of wisdom that I’ve stumbled across along the way about surviving university and thinking about careers—some of which may seem counter-intuitive at first. If I can make you think, I’ll be happy that I’ve done my job.
For now, though, let’s enjoy the spring weather (even though exams are just getting started…). The sunshine and cherry blossoms are in full swing out where I am. Here’s hoping there’s not too much snow left wherever you are.