In 2001 I completed a chef’s apprenticeship and continued to work in the field for the next 11 years. I spent 15 years cooking and found myself working endless hours over holidays and weekends. Most of my shifts were spent looking forward to the end of the work week.
In 2013 I enrolled in a Diploma in Youth Work with OTEN. I was confident I could communicate well with young people and support them as I had with the apprentices I mentored in the past. My only worry was that I hadn’t been in any formal education for a long time and was unsure I could manage the course work.
With the help from the course material and the teaching department I was able to complete the assignments and receive my Diploma in Youth Work with distinction in late 2013.
Since then I have obtained a role as a program worker helping young people at risk of homelessness. I can see the real difference I am making in the lives of the young people I work with and am really enjoying my new career.
My name is Daniel Lawlor and this is how my OTEN course changed my life.
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