The Means To An End - Intern, Annie M.

Submitted 6 years ago by Dan Trepanier 

Anne’s driving passion in life has always been music. It’s a career path she’s always dreamed of – professionally singing and playing in a band or working in a high-tech studio. But facing the end of high school, Anne recognized the reality gap confronting many young people today. The dreams of youth must give way to the day-to-day demands of life.

“I used to think it would be easy to go from school to work to life, but things don’t work that way anymore. I was getting really pessimistic trying to figure out what I was going to do with myself. And I learned you don’t always get to be what you wanted to be when you grow up.”

Enter FPSYIP. Anne served as an intern within the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and had a complete shift of perspective.

“The Program through the YMCA – and the guidance of my Mentor – has given me the opportunity to actually use my skills and develop new ones. I worked in a respected government office, making money doing something it turns out I am pretty good at doing. This has the potential to take me somewhere incredible.”

The core competencies required by a professional office environment, combined with Anne’s innate drive and the careful guidance of her Mentor, showed her a whole new world of possibilities beyond that of musical stardom.

“Youth are more innovative and individualistic than ever. But we need employers who recognize that we are the people who will be replacing a retiring workforce, and that we do have the skills necessary to do this. We just need an opportunity to prove ourselves.”

Anne completed her GED while in her internship, moved on to work for Service Canada, and is now back, working full-time, with the CRA! All while still playing guitar and singing in a band whenever possible.