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  1. What is your profession/industry? Profession: Administrator What do you do? I work as an assistant office manager, recall coordinator and administrator. What skills/experience do you need? Experience Experience in administration, business, and media/communications. Technical skills (e.g. education, programming languages, etc.) Proficient in English and also able to write proficiently. Computer skills. Professional skills Able to work in a team setting and also independently. Client and patient focused. Adaptability and eagerness to learn. What inspires you about your work? (e.g. do you appreciate the challenges, problem-solving, management, your impact on a corporation/team) What inspires me about my work is the patients and clients I meet on a daily basis. Getting to help people learn about dental hygiene and promoting personal hygiene and overall oral health. Dealing with insurance companies can be a struggle but it inspires me to work and aid people get the coverage they need for preventative maintenance check ups. Having a supportive team on your side also makes everything run smoothly and efficiently. What kind of person do you think it takes to do what you do? I think it takes a versatile person who is able to adapt in different environments. Some days you’re on your own and need to work independently and are tediously working on deadlines. Other days, you have to collaborate as a team and brain storm ideas. There’s give and take and I think you need to be confident in yourself in a professional setting and also be open minded.
  2. As I previously mentioned in my education post in regard to Psychology, you can go a different way if you are not interested in becoming a therapist or a researcher. What I mean by that is that Psychology can be applied to a variety of different fields. Actually, when I was a full-time student, I was also enrolled in my university’s co-op program which allowed me to further develop my skills and gain new ones related to my major while being a student. One of the jobs I had was a specialty camp counsellor and administrator for a not-for-profit organization in my area. As a specialty camp counsellor, I had the opportunity to not only work with individuals of all ages and abilities, but I was also able to put to use all of the knowledge acquired through my Psychology related classes up to that point and learn even more. As an administrator, on the other hand, I was able to make use of my research skills which I had been developing through the different assignments for each course. Most of those classes did require you to conduct in-depth research about the subject at hand. Another job where my degree also came into play was as a summer travel counsellor. Although not necessarily directly related to Psychology, my education did play a big part in it as well as my transferable skills from previous jobs such as the one mentioned above. This particular job allowed me to further develop my communication, active listening, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, all of which were constantly being put to the test in Psychology related courses. As of now, I'm working towards my Human Resources Management certificate to then be able to work in the field as either an HR assistant, generalist, recruiter, etc. All within the same path and all making use of Psychology related theories and concepts.
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