Samantha De Jong
BEP Volunteer since 2016
Dog training and I also do digital marketing,
Usually it’s a referral from someone else who had great results and enjoyed their experience working with me.
6 – Kennel attendant, vet assistant and a variety of factory and customer service jobs.
I had originally gone to school planning to become a veterinarian. While at University, I minored in Psychology which is what got me interested in behavior. I worked at a number of jobs to pay for my schooling and also fostered dogs – some with behavior problems - which is what got me into dog training.
Few people follow a straight line in their career paths. Absolutely nothing is set in stone and everything you try will offer some kind of lesson that will help direct you as you find your way. Keep as many doors open as you can, learn as much as you can and don’t be afraid to try. There is a lot to be learned from failure and if nothing else it will teach you what you don’t want to do, so you don’t waste time pursuing a path that isn’t for you.
Aquatics and Risk Management Coordinator
This is hard to define – fitness, recreation, aquatics, sport, risk management, event management.
I hope that my passion for what I do is evident from my activities. I can connect with the group in front of me. I spend much time preparing for the engagements, meetings or programs, keeping as current as possible to ensure I can connect and meet the needs of a group.
Officially four times, covering distinct types of employment – self-employment, consulting, municipal and public service. Within my career, my job has changed four times with the addition and subtraction of varying responsibilities. It keeps life interesting, challenging and rewarding.
Like the variances in my job, my career path continues to head in the same direction but looks much like the “Family Circus” route Billy used to take when called home. I have always known what I excel at and where my heart is. The detours have only contributed to my skills and knowledge and made the journey even better. If I were to change paths entirely, I don’t believe I would be staying true to myself and my passion.
Listen to your gut; it may not be the defined “responsible” thing to do. Think about what you are passionate about and determine the skills needed to carry out that passion, then find the job that fits. Enjoying your job IS the responsible thing to do for you and everyone you will deal with in your career.
Aussie red licorice is my kryptonite!
Food Service Industry
We build relationships with our clients and are active in the community.
I’ve worked in retail, high tech sector, education, and food service. I’ve changed fields at least six times.
I achieved my Bachelor of Education degree from Ottawa University after getting my Bachelor of Arts at Laurier. I don’t use either of my degrees for the field I am currently working in. A hospitality or business degree would have been a much better fit.
Do what you love. Find something you are good at that makes you happy and figure out how to provide for yourself by doing it every day.
I’m not an ice cream fan, but I do like butterscotch ripple once or twice a year. Dairy Queen used to have butterscotch dip cones that were my favourite!
President & Dietitian
Nutrition, Food and Health
My wealth of expertise in the nutrition and food industry from the pod to the plate.
Just once, after the internship, I started my career off with Campbell’s Soup Company in Toronto. For the past 15 years, I’ve owned and operated a food consulting company, therefore, I’m constantly maintaining current clients and engaging new clients.
Yes I am. I’m one of a few Canadian Dietitians with knowledge and experience in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and foodservices.
Keep an open mind, try a few options and don’t give up on your passion.
I have been a full time Youth worker for 20+ years. I feel I have great expertise in Youth Culture, Youth Development, Youth Parenting, and relating to today's Youth.
A strong communicator who loves Youth.
No, I have an Associated Engineering Degree in Technology, where I worked in the Safety Industry, where I also received training as a trainer to the Fire Department on Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and Life support Equipment. I also did Theological training through Seminary with a Youth Worker focus. Plus began a counseling degree which I have not completed at this point.
Pick something that you are passionate about, chase a dream.
Anything that has chocolate in it.
Director Engineering Operations
BEP Volunteer Since 2013 (Challenge Day & ZOOM Career Days)
My ability to build exceptional teams.
I’ve been at Teledyne DALSA now for just over 15 years and have had the opportunity to work in five different roles.
Yes, originally went to school in Electronics and have had the opportunity to participate in a number of business and leadership courses during my career.
Try to find something that you really enjoy, but ultimately its difficult finding a perfect fit right out of the gate as sometimes a career isn’t going to be exactly as you had envisioned, be open to change!
Heavenly hash ice cream!
Retired (Senior Executive)
RBC Financial Group
BEP Volunteer Since 2015 (Speakers Bureau)
Leadership, Financial Literacy, Ethics, Privacy
Ability to work with and through people.
1 Employer, 17 Career Steps in 17 different cities.
Things change, keep learning, keep asking and be flexible.
Manager, Employee Strategies
City of Kitchener
BEP Volunteer Since 2004 (Speakers Bureau)
Human Resources (talent management, organizational development, organizational culture)
My ability to deliver results.
I’ve worked for four organizations throughout my career in full-time positions and I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of jobs within most of the organizations.
I was originally trained in recruitment and sales. I’ve continued to be involved in recruitment throughout my entire career and sales for the first 23 years. My portfolio has grown over time to include initiatives that are dedicated to helping employees achieve their full potential and that help organizations attract and retain top talent. Examples would be learning and development, career management, and succession management.
Choose a career that you know will suit your skills and personality, that you will truly enjoy, and will allow you to learn, grow and develop. Do what you know is right for you; not what others think is right for you. Don’t get “stuck” in your job. Be open to new job/career opportunities. Change can be a very positive thing!
Haagen Dazs maple walnut ice cream – yum!
HR Business Partner & Office Manager
I deliver results.
This is my 5th job and 2nd career
My 1st career was in Administrative Support – I had 3 jobs with different companies. First for a computer company, which included working in Waterloo then opening a new office for them in the GTA and working there for over a year (which was exciting). Then I worked for an Architect firm. Finally, I worked for a medical device manufacturer.
My 2nd career was in Human Resources – staying with the medical device manufacturer, I created a new role within the company for a Corporate Trainer and was awarded the job – this was my leap into the world of Human Resources. I now work for an Angel Investor and have an HR Business Partner role and also manage our office.
It definitely won’t be your “only” career so be open to opportunities.
Marble slab - cheesecake ice cream with Skor bits, chocolate chips and some caramel sauce. Delish!
Inspirational Speaker/Youth Coach/ Author
I am awesome! Kidding. Seriously…people want to know how to be their best selves and how to bring real success into their lives. And, I might have a few ideas to help them.
About 3 times…lawyer to Deputy Judge… to full-time Mom…to inspirational speaker, coach and author.
Nope. Wow…long story. Essentially, when I retired from law, I had time to heal and reflect on where I wanted to go. I began learning some really cool things. I felt strongly that others would benefit from hearing about some of these things…so the speaking career began. Everything else flowed from that.
Absolutely align with what it is that excites you…do nothing less!!!
Peanut butter and chocolate Baskin and Robbins ice cream! Yummy!
Community Relations Manager
Social media and communications
This is two, but firstly I’ve always worked to make a job for myself in the organization I wanted to work with. Secondly, I try to always smile and be genuinely interested in the other person.
Three times over two companies
I trained as a writer and anthropologist. When I applied to university, I thought I was going to be a magazine editor. I fell in love with the medium of social media during university, and was able to begin studying and then working in it.
I was at the right place at the right time when social media became a career option.
I’ve always tried to do what I’m passionate about even if it doesn’t sound like a typical career path. I love connecting with people and making them feel valued. Knowing my strengths has helped me forge my own path that suits me and also allows me to help out my team.
I’m still excited to go into work everyday – I’m not sure everyone can say that.
I love love love cotton candy and superman ice cream. I have the ice cream palate of a four year old!
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