Being a student again…

I’m currently enrolled in the Marketing program at the Centre for Continuing Education at McMaster. Going back to school was not an easy decision. It came after a lot of thought and consideration. In Mexico, people get their degrees and only go back to school to specialize in something related to their field. In many cases they do it because they are required to do so by their employers. In my case, I realized I needed to get more in touch with the Marketing field in my new country.

This situation made me think of how different education and getting into a new field are perceived in both countries. In Mexico, people get a degree and they usually find a job and stay in the field for the rest of their professional lives. If a person goes to school for four or five years, then join the workforce to later decide they want to start over in a new career, it is not always seen as something positive. People will make comments like that person just wasted all those years or they don’t know what they want.

Positive or negative?

In Canada it is very common for people to go from one field to another. I have met a lot of people who go from one specific field to another one that is completely different. I find it amazing how a person can just completely change what they do. I think it is great that this is encouraged through different student credit and loans programs. I believe that people’s interests can vary throughout their lives and it adds excitement to your life when you go into a new venture. Plus you learn a lot and can apply that knowledge to different aspects of your life, both personal and professional. It sure isn’t easy to start over, but it can be very rewarding.

A new venture is exciting


I’m not saying there is a right or wrong way to see it. It is just a matter of cultural differences. In my case, going back to school to finally get that Marketing diploma (I have a degree in Communications) has paid off. Not only am I learning and discovering new things, but I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some great new people.

What do you think about this topic? Do you think a person should stick to their original chosen path? What are the pros and cons of switching careers? I look forward to reading your comments!


About Diana Massimi

As a newcomer in Canada, I've had some really great experiences. Every day, I continue to learn and adapt to my new country. As I've just passed the three year mark as a permanent resident, I'll soon be applying for citizenship. It's an exciting step to take and I'm looking forward to being "officially" Canadian. This blog is to share what I've learned so far and my everyday experiences and feelings being a newcomer to this country. More than anything I'll be looking forward to hearing from other newcomers and exchanging impressions and anecdotes about our new life in Canada. Feel free to share and ask questions, I'm also always happy to help a fellow newcomer!
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2 Responses to Being a student again…

  1. Jayne Evans says:

    I enjoyed reading your interesting and insightful perspective on becoming a student again. You are right, Diana, in Canada, life long learning is seen as an essential part of growth as a professional. Also, changing career can be a very positive experience. I have a friend who was made redundant after more than 20 years as a salesperson with the same company. My friend decided to take advantage of thisunexpected gift of time and the redundancy payment he received, and started his own micro brewery, which had been his long-held dream. Although owning a small business is stressful and my friend now works many more hours than he did in his old job, he says that his unexpected career change was one of the best things that has ever happened to him. Although it is not always viable or practical to change careers, it can be very rewarding.

    • Thanks Jayne! I’m glad everything worked out great for your friend and that he is happy. I think changing careers is something worth considering when something unexpected happens, like it happened to your friend. It can help you lift your spirits and it’s a great learning experience!

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