Student Voices: Five Reasons Why Every Student Should Move Out of Province for Work | Work of Arts
Student Voices: Five Reasons Why Every Student Should Move Out of Province for Work | Work of Arts

Student Voices: Five Reasons Why Every Student Should Move Out of Province for Work

Reflections on moving from Edmonton, Alberta to Gatineau, Quebec

Matana Skoye’s (middle) jitters didn’t stop her from traveling across the country for a co-op placement! (Pictured with her sisters before leaving home)

When I first applied for a co-op job out of province, I laughed. For one, I never thought I would get it, and two, I never imagined myself moving across the country… by myself. Then my world was jolted. I landed the job and the immediate onset of nausea set in. After hours of deliberation and some tears (yes — I am a drama queen), I decided to take the leap, and here is why you should too:

1. Boost your Independency:

Ok — you may already be Ms. (or Mr.) Independent, but if you move out of province for work, I promise you will learn a thing or two. Moving for work is different than moving for school. Universities provide a lot more services and opportunities for students to become involved in clubs, activities and events. When you move to a new city, province, or country for work, you will have to learn how to become involved on your own.


2. Discover New Activities:

We all know that between certain friend groups and families, there are common activities we regularly indulge in. For me, I am used to strapping up my skates and spending my time chasing a puck three times a week. Now that I am separated from my hockey equipment and teammates, I am forced to pursue other pastimes. Who knows, maybe I’ll join a dodgeball team or volunteer at an up-and-coming non-profit. The possibilities are endless now that I’m isolated and have all this free time on my hands.


3. Resumé Builder:

Being able to put on your resumé that you dropped everything to pursue an employment opportunity in another province will tell future employers that you are open to new experiences and can cope in unfamiliar environments. Nothing tells an employer that you are more serious about your career path than being willing to pick up and move. On top of that, you are making new contacts outside your immediate geographical area — which may come in handy one day!


4. Gain Confidence:

This move has dramatically increased my overall personal confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. My thinking is pretty straightforward: if I can move across the country to a new big city where I don’t know anyone, what else can I accomplish? This change in scenery has helped me re-evaluate my future plans and goals beyond my comfort zone.


5. Learn to Love Alone Time:

My biggest fear about moving was that I would be lonely and sad from being away from all that I know. I come from a family of seven and have played team sports my whole life. I rarely spent days by myself. I actually would loathe days that I would have to study alone. By moving to another province for work, I am learning to love having time by myself. I do things I wouldn’t have done otherwise: I go on bike rides and check out cute little coffee shops. I’ve learned a lot about myself by simply learning to enjoy my own company.

I know most people love being sheltered by their warm cocoon of friends, family and familiarity. But if you get the chance, take the opportunity to grow and experience life away from your usual comforts. Because guess what? You will make new ones!


Skoye looks over Ottawa and Gatineau from Chaplain Lookout in Gatineau Park

Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and viewpoints of current Arts students. Through their posts, you’ll experience the creativity and passion of our students as they present glimpses into student life. The views and opinions expressed within these posts are solely those of the authors.


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About Matana Skoye

Matana Skoye

Matana Skoye is a fourth year Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies student who has a passion for community involvement and social issues. As an AWE (Arts Work Experience) student, she has been exposed to the ways in which her co-op placements in the digital communications field intersect with her degree. Outside of work, Matana enjoys hockey, the mountains and sushi (above all).