Graduated Summer 2018
The initial reward for returning to post-secondary education for Jennifer Betts was increased self-confidence. Earning a Business Administration - Human Resources Diploma from Confederation College provided a pathway to a new career and the courage to accomplish a number of long-held goals.
Jennifer wanted to obtain education to support a career change to provide more stability and allow her to spend more time with her family. Her husband is disabled and the family depends on her sole income. They live in Marathon and have one child at university; their other child is still at home attending high school.
Being able to study online meant she could take the opportunity to change careers without uprooting her family to attend an on-campus program. Jennifer adjusted her shifts at work to attend classes using Contact North | Contact Nord’s web conferencing platform and complete assignments. “The room I worked out of at the online learning centre was cozy, not like in a big classroom. No distractions, and I could put my full attention to the lecture,” Jennifer shared.
Deciding to take the 2-year Business Administration - Human Resources Diploma program put her outside her comfort zone. This was a second college diploma for Jennifer. She earned a Social Service Worker Diploma in 1998 and worked as a Personal Support Worker in the community for the past 15 years.
In her new program, she learned new skills in accounting, marketing and business writing. “I felt that going to school pushed me to find out more things about myself,” admitted Jennifer. In the first year of her program, she finally got her driver’s license.
She secured a part-time placement as a Human Resources Assistant with Confederation College’s Human Resources department working out of the Marathon campus. Her goal as a new graduate is to find work with a local business.