About nine months ago, as I was working in a little take-out in my home town, I was told I would be laid off my job as there was no work. As I checked the job bank for other work in an office, I noticed all jobs required Excel in order to work there. I had everything else but Excel. I had taken an Automated Office Course back in 1991 for a year, but never done the Excel, so I thought to myself “How am I going to get this Excel and not have to go through 2 years of Office Business that I already have?”
I talked to my Employment Support Worker and together we found the Annapolis Valley Work Centre. Here I could brush up on my basic office skills and get my Excel. I took the chance and go into A.V.W.C. I started on Oct. 24, 2008, taking Academics, Personal Development, and Basic Office Skills.
After being out of school for twenty-five years I thought I could never do the Math. I was very surprised at what I did remember. It all came back to me. As I worked hard in Math, I figured out that I loved it. Then I started accounting. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed doing accounting. My academics instructor suggested I go on with accounting, so I am in the process of applying to NSCC in Kentville to take the 2 year Accounting course.
If not for the chance to take the upgrading, I would be sitting at home doing nothing. Jobs are hard to come by as much as education. Without the education you can’t get a good job. The more I can get in my education, the better I am making myself.
Adult learning is just as important as a child’s learning. You will never stop learning till the day you die. You learn something new everyday, from a little child learning to tie their shoes to an 80 year old man learning to cook for the first time in his life. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, you will learn something new today, tomorrow and next week. Learning never stops.