President Steenkamp on changing careers during pandemic

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President Philip Steenkamp was interviewed by the Financial Post for an article about people in mid-life reconsidering their jobs during the pandemic and seeking out entirely new career paths.

Here’s an excerpt:

Steenkamp said some mature students were seeking to acquire skills that would make their careers more resilient to economic shocks. But others may have had a different motivation during a transformational year.

“I think [others] were alerted to some of the key challenges we face as a society, things like climate change. … [And] everything that’s gone on in the last year around racial and social justice has alerted a lot of people to the opportunities that might present themselves in those particular areas,” he said, noting that the university had seen a significant uptick in its environmental and sustainability programs, as well as its humanitarian and justice studies.

Read the full article in the Financial Post.