I came to Yellowknife in September 2009 looking for adventure and great work experience. My boyfriend, Kyle, and I both graduated from college and university in June and were finding the job market in Ontario very difficult to get into for recent graduates. I was working at the same jobs I had when I was in high school. I was willing to go anywhere that would get me out of that rut. Kyle got a job at FSC Architects and Engineers, a great starting position that was too good to turn down. We decided to accept their offer to move us up cost-free.
After working for a law firm for a couple months I had enough practical experience to apply to the GNWT and was offered a job in the Wildlife division of ENR. A perfect fit, as my degree was in natural resource economics. I am now the Species at Risk Coordinator, a new position for brand new NWT legislation. I provide professional support to the Conference of Management Authorities and the Species at Risk Committee for the Territories. We plan and facilitate the conferences and meetings, prepare annual reports, and inform the public of the Act’s progress.
I firmly believe that my skills wouldn’t be as marketable if I hadn't taken the opportunity to move north. Although there are more job opportunities by number in Southern Ontario, there is a highly skilled workforce to compete with; people who have 10+ years of experience over me. As much as I understand that reality, I wasn’t ready to accept it, so moving north has given me the chance to establish myself and gain career direction. There is just no way I would have landed the job I have now without having moved here to find it.
We’re keen to experience everything Yellowknife has to offer, now that we're here. There are some unique attractions in the North and we want to do everything we can because we don't expect to be here forever. We’re taking every opportunity to participate in winter sports, socialize with new friends, do volunteer work within the community and really give back to a place that has so much to offer someone like me.