Fireweed episode 4: Shifting careers

Did you know that Canadians will have about 15 distinct jobs in their lifetimes?

BCIT Airport Operations alumnus Brett Ballah is an experienced journalist who realized that his passion lies within the Aviation industry. A career in aviation is one he has dreamt of since he was a kid. “It came to a point where I lost my job. That forced me to make a choice, and forced me to really think hard about what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to be,” said Brett.

Microcredentials and smaller “just in time” training options are helping workers upgrade their skills or switch careers entirely, without the need for a degree or diploma. Ryan Chynces from Hootsuite’s Online Education program reveals his tips on how microcredentials can help job seekers stand out from other applicants in the industry.

Listen now to episode 4 of Fireweed: Shifting careers

Fireweed: Stories of resilience and adaptability

During a period of profound adjustment in the way we work, learn, and socialize, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) sets out to inspire with stories of resilience and adaptability on FireweedFireweed is BCIT’s first-ever podcast series that shares stories about people who have preserved in the face of disruption and re-written their story.

Why Fireweed?

After the devastation of a forest fire, the first plant to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower from the Pacific Northwest, fireweed symbolizes hope, resilience, and adaptability—things we could all use a little more of right now.

Adaptability is now seen as the critical skill by leading employers across the country. But the trick is: we need to adapt in the right ways. Ways that will help us move forward, together. Through Fireweed, BCIT is connecting education and industry to power resilience, foster hope, and strengthen adaptability.

Stories and guests on Fireweed

Listeners will follow host and BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism alumna Maria Vinca through conversations with thought leaders and experts from throughout the Cascadia Corridor and beyond. Meet academics, industry leaders, and people from business and tech who are working to create resilient systems—all built to handle change. Compelling and personal stories from people with vastly different experiences who have demonstrated their ability to grow and adapt to whatever challenges life throws at them and—like fireweed—come back stronger than ever.

That’s why this diverse and inter-generational podcast, brought to you by BCIT, tells stories that embody our never-ending human potential to adapt to change.

Fireweed is available wherever you get your podcasts. Follow on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify to get notified as soon as each episode is available.

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