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I came to Canada 17 years ago from Poland My last job in Poland was a lecturer of political science at university My first job in Canada was a carpenter assistant in a small manufacturing business that reminded me more of a 19-century English sweat shop then modern Canada Probably nothing pushed me back to university more then going to the tedious job in that factory Although by no means a positive experience nevertheless it was a very inspiring experience This experience of mine is actually a good conformation of studies I read a few years ago Those studies indicated that 90 of workers who work as manual labourers regret that they have not completed any schooling that would give them more meaningful jobs I tried and I think I sometimes succeeded to use this statistical data to convince young people I have met in my life including my own son to stay in school Besides my experience with the Canadian manufacturing business my biggest personal inspiration came from my encounter with a student counsellor at the University of Manitoba When I went to him for advice on how I can use my Masters degree form Poland to go back to university he dismissed me on the spot without even letting me finish my story I have had hundred of people like you before Forget about your diploma you have to start from scratch was his advise He was impolite narrow-minded and made me so upset I went home and cried thirty years old at that time but I said to myself I will prove you wrong The next day I went back to the university That time I went directly to the deans office Four years later after combining a full time job with the part time studies I received my second Masters degree from the University of Manitoba No doubt this experience influenced my personal view about what skills and qualities
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