Integrative Career Counseling has allowed me to see and hear the myriad ways people experience work, how the work we do affects our development and our view of our selves. My own work continues to enlighten me on the extent to which innate capacities, personal values, purposeful striving and the desire to be a valuable part of something impact the motivation, definition, decisions and challenges people face in the work they do and wish to do. My experiences in counseling inspired me to create this Interview section to highlight personal expressions and experiences of work. I thank the many individuals who share their perspectives and reflections in these interviews.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Discover Year program and the young adults who participate in it. I could not resist doing another interview with a recent grad of the program. Ana Alves traveled from Portugal to join the gap year program located here in Ottawa. I hope you are uplifted by her positive and thoughtful answers, along with her excitement for the journey ahead.