Saint Mary’s University

Ex­pand­ing your hori­zons and type of learn­ing to keep up with change

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Syl­vain Gagnon de­vel­oped kills his prac­ti­cal ca­reer skills at NSCC—but it was at Saint Mary’s University that he de­vel­oped the skills he didn’t even know he’d need.

Af­ter two years at NSCC, study­ing ge­o­graphic sci­ences, Syl­vain knew he wanted to ex­pose him­self to more than one type of learn­ing, so he trans­ferred to Saint Mary’s Bach­e­lor of Arts in Ge­og­ra­phy. His cred­its car­ried over, so Syl­vain was free to pre­pare for his fu­ture ca­reer in just two years.

“The pro­fes­sors at Saint Mary have in­tro­duced me to the writ­ing side of things. They dis­cussed var­i­ous hu­man ge­og­ra­phy and phys­i­cal ge­og­ra­phy top­ics, and we were re­quired to write es­says and cre­ate maps,” says Syl­vain. Syl­vain’s cur­rent po­si­tion at TomTom, a global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (GPS) com­pany, is di­rectly re­lated to his ge­o­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tems back­ground. As a ge­o­graphic sourc­ing an­a­lyst, he fo­cuses on cre­at­ing maps, and doc­u­ment­ing tech­ni­cal as­pects on pa­per for other peo­ple.

Saint Mary’s made him aware of is­sues and con­di­tions be­yond, and pre­pared him for in­ter­na­tional travel and work, in­clud­ing a re­cent map­ping pro­ject trip to In­dia. “Saint Mary’s made me to be a bet­ter thinker, taught me glob­al­iza­tion, and to be aware of the in­equal­i­ties of the world,” he says.

The au­toma­tions are al­ways chang­ing in his field; Syl­vain’s job is fast mov­ing, but be­cause he broad­ened his knowl­edge and hori­zons and de­vel­oped his crit­i­cal-think­ing ca­pac­ity at Saint Mary’s, he is quick to adapt.

“Don’t limit your­self to one type of learn­ing. It’s bet­ter to have both, than just one,” he sug­gests for fu­ture stu­dents.

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