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October 15, 2021

Danielle Subject, IBM

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title: 

Software Developer

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

be a writer

The skills I rely on most in my role:

Self-directed learning

Q:  Have you ever successfully changed careers? Why did you decide to switch? Any tips on what to do when you find you're not happy with what you're doing?

 
Switching careers:
In 2017 I was laid off from my job as a writer at a local radio station. I had graduated from university as an English major in 2015 and immediately started working as a content writer at a station called Indie 88.1.
 
When I was laid off, I was no longer interested in pursuing my dream as a music journalist. I had written for a few publications but really quickly lost my passion for it while doing a job that didn’t fulfill me. I then did a career switch into software development.
 
At the start of 2018 I attended a coding certificate program where I learned full stack development. Following completing the course, I worked at a few start-ups and eventually found my way to IBM in 2019, where I currently work as a software developer.
 
Advice on not enjoying your job:
My biggest piece of advice for someone who is not enjoying their current job is to step back and assess your options. Is there opportunity for you to change things in your current job? Make a list of what you’re passionate about, reassess your goals, and see if you can fit anything from that list into your current position, either by changing jobs within the company, getting involved in new projects, or adjusting your current role to meet your needs. Most of the time, a company would rather accommodate you than see you go.
 
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