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A leap of faith pays off

Christopher Nguyen wasn’t happy with his career prospects despite a degree in economics from the University of Alberta and a civil service job. The 32 year old decided it was time for a change and that’s when SAIT entered his life. “I decided to move to Calgary from Edmonton because my family was here, and I began weighing my education options,” says Nguyen.

He could have gone to any school but, after doing some investigating, he applied to SAIT’s Power Engineering program. 

“Sometimes people get too comfortable and are afraid of the unknown,” says Nguyen, “but I wanted to make a big change in my life and my family was all for it. It took a leap of faith and I made the leap.”

First he talked to people who had gone to SAIT, especially those who took power engineering. He also talked to mechanical engineers. “I chose this program because it’s job specific,” says Nguyen. “I get trained to work with boilers and turbines, and that’s what I’ll be doing.” 

Nguyen says he’ll be eternally thankful for his Cenovus Energy student award of $5,000. He says it allowed him to concentrate on his studies and to spend more time with his family, which is why he moved to Calgary in the first place.  And, he adds, while the money is important, his family’s pride in his achievement was worth just as much.   

Nguyen says one of the best aspects of studying power engineering at SAIT is the range of opportunities it opens up. “Last summer I had four or five companies looking to hire me. I have a lot of options waiting for me when I graduate.”