Why I left my wonderful job.

Five years ago today, I graduated from Laurentian University in the Sports Administration program. It was in the teeth of a recession and new grads were hard pressed to find employment. I was fortunate, I began my career at Laurentian during a period of rapid growth and opportunity for the institution. This period was lead by change agents I’ve now been proud to call my mentors.

It was an amazing experience and regularly challenged me to do more. I was able to re-invent the website that had plagued me as a student, create social media properties to help students and contributed to major increases in enrolment. All of that, plus an excellent pension plan, an MBA and tremendous colleagues, it was a great awesome, place to spend 50+ hours/week.

I’ve since accepted a new challenge as the Strategy Director, Education at Soshal. I’ll continue to work with purpose; helping educational institutions better serve students. I’ll also be able to follow my passion of working in marketing and communications, with a digital spin (websites, social media, applications, anything tech!). I’ll be able to do what I love.

Why did I leave? Surprisingly, it wasn’t about money, location or others – it was about a new experience. In today’s world, where young grads will have many careers, I think it’s important to view multiple perspectives of your life’s work. We’re awash with opportunities, something generations before likely would have envied. I’m not sure who said this, but this seems fitting now –  “We climb mountains not so the world can see us, but for us to see the world.”

The opportunity to work on complex problems with a variety organizations was simply too good to pass up. An energetic company with its sights set on the stars – that’s something I want to be a part of!

I’ll miss my colleagues at Laurentian and the wonderful community of Sudbury, one day I hope to be able to give back as much as I have received.

Millennials in the Workplace

Here’s a look at the newest presentation that was created by Rains Media in conjunction with Matthew Melnyk of Brock University.It was first delivered to the management of student focused services of Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

The presentation is an introduction to the Millennial (Generation-Y) generation entering the work force and the changes in technology that have shaped this generation. The characteristics of the Millennials along with techniques for working with and hiring them combine for the first part of the presentation. The second part focuses on policies and techniques to mitigate the risk and manage opportunities provided by social networking within higher education.