Graduate Carrie Axworthy
Shortly after Carrie graduated from the Business Applications (General Office Admin) program,a receptionist position opened up at CD-ED. We love to hire our own graduates whenever possible, and Carrie was a great fit! She's since moved on in her career but we're proud to say, we hired her first!
- Q. What made you decide to take a course from CD-ED?
- “Through many job interviews I found that the knowledge I had gained from another institution was not enough to obtain the position I was looking for. This school offered the knowledge I needed to get what I wanted.”
- Q. Tell me how the experience of taking a home-study course from CD-ED was for you.
- “I was a full time employee and a single mom with 2 children - I didn't have the time to be in a classroom. The flexibility of studying from home was the ideal solution.”
- Q. Have you taken other post-secondary schooling? Was this more or less difficult, or just different from in-class learning?
- “Yes, I was an honors graduate from CBBC [Cape Breton Business College]. I found this course to be more relaxed than a school setting: if kids were sick you could make up the study time, etc. With the hours spent being flexible it makes a world of difference. You don't have the stress you do in an "in-class" setting.”
- Q. Did you come up with any strategies for studying while raising your children that you could share?
- “We all had homework time- the kids did their work and mommy did hers. I also scheduled time after bed for me to do work. On the weekend I had a quiet time - the kids played, watched a movie – stuff like that while I studied and did work.”
- Q. After you graduated, CD-ED needed a go-to person for our reception area. Of course, we first looked to our own pool of graduates. Your name came up first and most often, and we obviously finally hired you. How does that make you feel?
- “I was very excited with the opportunity of working here for several reasons. I had the chance to gain employment in my field of choice and I was already familiar with the staff. I was in a full time position with another company but I never gave up looking for the right place and a position in the field I chose to study. At CD-ED I not only found my career position but I unexpectedly found a new family too.
On a Personal Note
- Q. All of a sudden, your instructors are your co-workers. That must be weird for you. Did you find it difficult at all?
- “Since I live close to the school I was in with my assignments most of the time so I became comfortable with my instructors and the staff. The staff at CD-ED are all easy-going people so the transition from student to employee was a comfortable one.”
- Q. How would you describe the atmosphere at the CD-ED offices?
- “The staff at CD-ED are a team; there are no individuals. Everyone is available to help each other in busy times. It makes a very comfortable place to work to know that there is someone right beside you or in the next office who is happy to help when it's needed.”
- Q. Just one more question. Do you have any advice for students taking a course from CD-ED?
- “Just do the best you can and if you are having trouble call your instructor, they are here for you and can make the experience a better one. As a student, the staff and instructors were always helpful and friendly - they made it easy to ask for help and receive it.”