Making it happen
Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
The idea of going back to school can be a daunting one at any age, but the decision to make the investment in yourself and your future is worth taking the plunge.
After completing a diploma in criminal justice and working in administration, Lauren knew she wanted to do more within the field of security.
First-year Information Systems Security (ISS) diploma
What were you doing before SAIT?
I had completed my criminal justice diploma and was working as an administrative assistant for a security company downtown. I had been applying for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and after a deferral I knew it was time to further my knowledge in a different industry.
Why did you choose to come to SAIT?
A large draw to me was the employment rates of students that had completed programs at SAIT. I knew I wanted to go into IT but wasn’t prepared to go to university and do computer science.
Did you ever hesitate with the idea of going back to school to switch gears?
It would have been easy to continue to be an administrative assistant for the rest of my career, but I knew I would’ve never felt fulfilled. I have high drive and passion and that means being as successful as possible.
What’s the experience been like for you in the ISS program?
I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard. During orientation, we had numerous instructors and SAIT staff that told us how difficult the program was. I kind of blew that off thinking that it couldn’t be THAT bad, but it has been a lot of work. You have to ensure you are self-motivated and do not procrastinate!
With the recent change of events due to COVID-19, what advice would you give to other SAIT students who are also experiencing this shift to online learning?
The biggest piece of advice for the other students is STICK WITH IT. Stay on top of your assignments. It’s easy to fall behind with this type of learning. There are many distractions at home so do your best to stay focused and ask for help if you need it.
What advice would you give to someone contemplating a career change?
If you’re ever on the fence about going back to school, jump in with both feet. With a school like SAIT where you have numerous avenues of support and assistance you cannot go wrong. You’re never too old, you haven’t been out of high school too long and you definitely can do it. Follow your passion!
Lauren’s story is part of the Making it happen series featuring stories of career changers who chose SAIT to help pivot their profession. Read John’s story.