Career Profiles Part 2

Insight from eight recent grads. Compiled by Lisa Van de Ven

CURRENT JOB: Script supervisor for film and television.

WHAT DO YOU DO? Track and ensure a film’s continuity; provide a professional estimation of the total script content time; fill out daily production paperwork; become the director’s right hand throughout a film shoot.

COLLEGE: Niagara College; Broadcasting: Radio, Film &Television.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST MEMORY OF COLLEGE? Collaborating creatively with the other students; having the opportunity to experiment with 35mm photography and discovering that I had a natural talent for it.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO LAND A JOB AFTER GRADUATING? I actually got my first job while attending the college, during the summer going into third year. It was as a props master on an indie feature film called The House.

IS THE CAREER YOU CHOSE DIFFERENT FROM HOW YOU IMAGINED IT WOULD BE? I didn’t realize the difficulty there would be in maintaining relationships. There are sacrifices that need to be made. It’s an industry where you are very fortunate to get work, so you can’t really reject it. It’s not steady. You can work six months then be unemployed for four months. The hours are long and the work is demanding. My longest day was 23 hours, on a commercial.

SOMEONE YOU’RE DYING TO WORK WITH? Tim Burton. Each one of his films seems precisely mapped out and crafted. I would imagine a great deal of technical precision goes into all of those special and visual effects. I would love to have a front row seat to watch his method, style and approach.

CURRENT JOB: Registered Nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children, General Pediatrics.

WHAT DO YOU DO? Provide care for patients: medication administration, injections, dressing changes, intravenous insertions, phlebotomy (blood work), monitoring oxygen requirements, detailed physical assessment; emotional support for patients and family members. I also coordinate the plan of care with the multidisciplinary team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute in
Scarborough, ON.

UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE: Ryerson University, George Brown; Collaborative Nursing Degree.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT PROGRAM? One of my co-workers at the time was taking it and enjoyed the course material, the professors and the practical experiences. The program offered two clinical practice placements per year and it was a longer, four-year program. It was also downtown, and close to many of the large teaching hospitals (a better opportunity to network). The program offered significant admission scholarships based on my high school grades.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR JOB THAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING? When a patient gives me a big smile and says ‘You’ve made me feel so much better today,’ or when a mom gives a huge sigh of relief to know that I will be the one taking care of her child during a stressful time of the illness, or when families search me out when they come back to the hospital for follow-up days just to give me a big hug and to make sure I know the progress their child has made. It makes me see that I have influenced their lives in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

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