And you won’t believe what happened next…
Okay, so this post is long overdue. I made an 11th hour decision this summer to defer my fourth academic year at BCIT’s Civil Engineering Program and did NOT comprehensively tell everyone I wanted to. So, if you’re out there, I’m sorry… better late than never, right? Here it goes.
In early August, a job posting came out for a position which matched up perfectly with my previous experience and offered to build up my skills in an area I’ve had my sights on: transportation planning. It was also for a company that has a good reputation and located in a part of BC that is a popular vacation destination. So, I worked fast in finding out if it was possible with school and good decision for my career trajectory.
Fast forward to the last week in September and I have absolutely no regrets. I’m three weeks into working at the Kelowna Branch of Urban Systems Ltd. on their Transportation Planning Team helping shape our province’s transportation system into 2042.
Although I’m not in Burnaby, I’ll be staying connected with (and blogging about) a couple of the civil engineering groups at school such as the ACI concrete bowling ball competition team, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers and a couple of others. I’ll also be writing about job experience and co-ops to give prospective and current students some insight into the benefits and limitations of it all. Full disclaimer though: BCIT Civil Engineering does not have an official co-op program. But you’ll have to wait for a whole other blog post to get the full story on that one.
Thanks for tuning in and I hope my experience can contribute to decision making that will shape yours.