I had always wanted to travel overseas so jumped at the chance to work in Iceland. This led to being accepted to work in Japan. My Japanese work experience lead to me being hired by the reverse engineering company. Working at the reverse engineering company led to me becoming a patent agent.
During my years at UBC, I participated in the co-op program, and had the opportunity to try out many different professional jobs, such as accounting and business analysis. Although I could do those jobs well, and even received offers to stay on permanently, I never gave up searching for that “dream job.” I didn’t want to let my science degree go to waste, and I was hoping to integrate my love for psychology and human behaviour into my skillset.
Getting a taste of failure and rejection will let you know before you’re in the workforce whether entrepreneurship is for you or not. I think getting an education from more places than just the classroom is critical. I thought UBC was just about the classes, but it offers so much more. There are a wealth of opportunities for students outside of their study groups and midterms, and if I could go back I would have taken advantage of them from day one.