Career Development Practitioner Certificate, 2011
Like many professionals, Magdalena Mot didn’t know what her dream job was until her career was underway. SFU helped her change course, and today, she’s doing her dream job: helping others match what they love to do with their skills and the job market.
Mot completed an MA in Slavic studies thinking she would teach—but her career didn’t go as planned.
“When I graduated from McGill, there was no cute and perfect job waiting for me,” she said. “It was a while until I realized that there are so many different components that one has to juggle before one gets to be even close to that dream job.”
With her family relocating, Mot decided to be practical, taking a management position in Vancouver—quite different from the educational position she envisioned. But as she hired and trained new employees, she realized something: she loved it.
The layoff that came at the end of 2010 led to an important decision: “If I’m going to go back to work, it will be to do something I love,” Mot said.
In early 2011, after some research, she began SFU Continuing Studies’ Career Development Practitioner Certificate, and she found it “nearly a perfect match.”
Mot found work as an employment counselor at Back in Motion only a month after graduating, and she finds her work incredibly rewarding.
“All those people that come back to my office with a smile to say ‘thank you’ are worth a lot more than one may think,” she said. “My days are simply made by those little success stories.”
Submitted by: Amy Robertson