I knew 2017 was going to be a notable year for me, because life was going to change. The champagne was both for having the chance to visit with family over the holidays after eight years, and for the new path I was going to take. I had already started researching new careers and universities, as the plan was to enrol for September classes. Of course, life has a way of changing plans.
I suppose I could bore you with all the details, but I’ll just say quite a bit has happened over the last two and a half months that has led to my, or rather, our taking a dive into Transportation Safety. When I say dive, I mean we, my husband and I, decided within a week that we were going to pack up and head back out to Alberta. Opportunity was knocking and we weren’t going to waste time opening the door.
What Will I Be Doing?
I will be the office manager with duties covering everything from basic filing to consultation, and everything in between. At the same time, I will be taking courses and working towards becoming an NSC (National Safety Code) Specialist. There is much planning to be done, but this takes time. The first step is to get out there.
I had originally thought it would be another 4 or 5 years before I could dig into a new career, as my undergraduate will take me about that long to earn. Not only am I now able to work and attend school at the same time, I have the opportunity to put everything I have learned and developed over the last 13 years to good use right away. I will also develop new skills, gain new knowledge and apply it, and, in my own small way, make a difference in keeping workers safer in the workplace. I will also have the opportunity to continue other studies in my free time to satisfy my personal interests and hobbies.
My husband and I will finally have our permanent home on a beautiful, quiet peace of land, and we will once again be able to work together full-time. This next move will be our 15th in 13 years, and it looks like it will be our last for a long time.
Life has offered the gift of a permanent home near family with a promising career, and I am so grateful for it.