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#157: Aisalyn Templin – Employers, don’t be afraid to invest in young people

“My employer took a chance on me when I was only 19, and it paid off for both of us!” – Aisalyn Templin, Graduate, University of Toronto

After attending three different universities and switching programs three times, I finally landed in Political Science at the University of Toronto. It was an unlikely decision considering my path began with Public Relations in a Media Studies program at the University of Guelph Humber. I quickly decided this was definitely not the right fit for me, and pursued studies in an Arts and Business program at the University of Waterloo.

After one and a half years at the University of Waterloo I landed my first co-op job at the University of Toronto in a student centre. I loved coming to work every day, even if I missed having classmates at school. This co-op position turned into a full time job for three years. When I did go back to finish my degree I transferred to U of T, which was my new home. Going back to school full time was a huge challenge! I got used to living a student lifestyle, but with a salary and no homework. When I did go back to class I wasn’t sure where it would lead me. Like many of my friends, I decided to apply for a post-graduate program at a college in Toronto.

Well it turns out life had another plan in mind for me! Three weeks after classes ended I saw a posting for the job I have today. Knowing my path has been full of twists and turns I decided to go for it. My philosophy of having a plan but embracing change paid off, and I love what I’m doing now.

Looking back, I resent years of ‘Career Planning’ that began in Grade 10. What happened to being flexible? How about the fact that many of the careers most of us will pursue don’t even exist yet? My job wasn’t even created until seven months ago.

What I’m doing now

I am working jointly with Alumni Relations and Student Life at the University of Toronto.

My recommendations for employers

My advice for employers is don’t be afraid to invest in young people. My employer took a chance on me when I was only 19, and it paid off for both of us!

Young people often bring a level of enthusiasm and a fresh perspective that can be a welcome addition to any workplace, especially an older, established institution.

My advice for students and recent grads

My advice to students and recent grads is, embrace change! Planning out your whole life at the age of 19, 20 or older is overrated.

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Aisalyn Templin
Political Science
University of Toronto

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