Candy Ho

"Take time to explore potential research topics that interest you and thoughtfully consider why you are interested."

Year Graduated: 2019
Program/Degree: Educational Leadership EdD

Year Graduated: 2012
Program/Degree: Educational Leadership MEd

I am privileged to serve as the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley. In this capacity, I teach courses that help students consider their educational and life experiences, and how these experiences can help them achieve their short- and long-term goals, ultimately helping them design the life they want to life. In addition, I also hold teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program. I currently serve as Vice Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program. 

I completed my Master of Education (Post-Secondary Leadership) and had a really positive experience. I kept in touch with Dr. Michelle Pidgeon and when this program came up and she was the Coordinator, I knew I had to give it a shot and apply. 

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies. 

Having pursued my Master of Education at SFU, I was “bit by the research bug” and knew I wanted to continue with a doctorate at some point. I loved how the courses and research experience facilitated opportunities for us to reflect on our own practice and conduct research at our institutional contexts. Finally, I also liked that the program was catered towards busy, working professionals by offering courses that took place over five to six weekends every semester.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why? 

Without the brilliant guidance and support of Dr. Kris Magnusson, I wouldn’t be answering these questions as an alumna! A seasoned, relationship-focused academic supervisor, he worked with me to explore the curiosities I had for my research; there were many and he effectively helped me channelled them into my final dissertation on post-secondary professionals as career influencers. Kris provided timely support and insights, while positively challenging me every step of the way. Finally, Kris is widely recognized and respected as an international expert and scholar in career counselling and education, and I feel extremely fortunate to have been his doctoral student and now a lifelong protégé. 

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education? 

The regular meetings with my committee members, Drs. Kris Magnusson and Cindy Xin. Committee meetings with these two amazing mentors are a combination of inspiring keynotes and uplifting pep talks; I always leave our conversations feeling motivated to keep going.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education? 

Prior to your application, take time to explore potential research topics that interest you and thoughtfully consider why you are interested. If you are able to connect your interest on a personal, intrinsic level, and assemble an academic committee who are as excited about your research (hint: visit faculty profiles), you’re on your way to a wonderful graduate student experience!