Reply To: What's Your Career Story?

  • Sareena Hopkins

    Member
    January 15, 2024 at 10:06 am

    It is such a unique privilege to be invited into someone’s story – very few professionals get this gift. A significant milestone in my own career was – as is so often the case – a moment of serendipity. I was just finishing up my first year of university (studying economics) and saw a flyer at my church from a non-profit in town that was seeking volunteers. At the time, this non-profit was the only service in Ottawa for persons who were unhoused and, the next day, I went in to offer to volunteer. I could not have been more naive or unprepared…but instead of offering me a volunteer position, they offered me a job for the summer. That experience completely changed my trajectory and shaped who I am and what I believe about life, people, and hope. I switched my major at university and worked at that non-profit all the way through school. There was a very high percentage of folks coming to the Centre who had undiagnosed and untreated mental illness and working in community-based mental health became the focus of the fist phase of my career. Over time, I saw how powerful it was for those living with mental illness to have a sense of career future, to feel the pride and connection that can come through learning or working. That’s when I discovered career development and its critical contribution to health, quality of life, and wellbeing. So, for 30 years now, I’ve been joyfully working with the most spectacular team at CCDF and magnificent community of peers across the career development sector. What’s next? That story is for another time and another prompt. 😊

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