Greatra Mayana

Career & Employment Opportunities

Employment Consultant – Alternative Jobs

I didn’t have enough “teachables” to pursue teaching at a high school level. That was the biggest barrier, there were other barriers: limited job opportunities across Ontario for teaching, and that was across the whole board, elementary and secondary school. So, even if I had decided to pursue elementary, there were such limited job opportunities I would have been looking at doing supply teaching for a number of years. I had to make a shift in my mind to say, “I’m not a teacher anymore.” So I had to look at what skills I possessed, in relation to the careers that I was looking at moving into. It started with a resume and it started with a brainstorming session just looking at what it is, as a teacher, what did I do. What stays as teaching and what moves over to whatever career I was looking for at the time. The way I portrayed myself to my current employer was that as a teacher you’re having to work not just with the entire classroom, but every single student. So I was able assess client and student needs on a one-on-one basis. And then, depending on their needs, I was able to motivate, counsel, guide, or support, depending on what it is that they wanted. Some clients are so self-directed and self-sufficient, that all I’m doing is just providing them support in the background. Whereas some clients are much more hands-on. And in a classroom environment it’s the same. Things don’t come easily, and you have to work at it. And it’s a work in progress. I still think I’m a work in progress. I don’t think an employment consultant is the be-all and end-all. Social work with adolescents would be something that I could see. And I know there are a few community agencies, and I think that in time, with retraining, that’s possibly 1 direction that I might go.

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