Year Graduated: 2008
Program/Degree: Educational Leadership EdD
“Having the EdD got me the job interview for my current job!" exclaims Sheila Elworthy. A former instructor and the Professional Accounting Certificate Program Leader at Camosun College, School of Business in Victoria, Sheila is now adjusting to her new role as Vice-President at the Chartered Accountant School of Business (CASB). Sheila’s story exemplifies how earning her EdD in Leadership provided her with an opportunity to move beyond her local boundaries and move into a position with regional influence. CASB is the professional school for all aspiring Chartered Accountants in the four western provinces, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Once students complete their undergraduate degree, they complete six modules with CASB and then write the Uniform Final Examination (UFE) national exam.
She says that for her current position, the employer was looking for a Certified Accountant involved in education, preferably with a doctorate. She asserts that, “Going through the Educational Leadership program gave me the confidence to apply for this job and the belief that I could successfully perform at an executive level.” Over the course of her study, Sheila developed many skills that are an asset not only to her current job, but also to other areas of her life – perseverance and the ability to delve deeper into the details, while still keeping the bigger picture in sight. So when a recruiter suggested that she apply for this position, she felt that she was competent and adept to handle it.
Sheila enrolled in the Victoria Cohort in 2005 and graduated in the Summer of 2008. She readily recommends the program to others, but with a warning – that the research component requires a certain amount of resolve, motivation and commitment in order to ensure completion. For Sheila, however, the greatest challenge was, “To balance life, work and schoolwork for the three-plus years of the program”. Sheila often recalls her personal interactions with her cohort group and the friends she made through the program. However, she most fondly remembers her research class and the moment during the convocation ceremony as she was walking across the stage to receive her degree, she could hear her kids in the audience yelling "Yeah Mom!"