the cookie cutter path


Kloe Desrosiers, former uOttawa student, now leading marketing at Humi.

So… What’s your story?

I was a huge believer in following the cookie cutter path. I graduated high school as valedictorian, and was expecting to spend 4+ years in university to get the job I wanted.

After two years of university, I realized that things just aren’t as cookie cutter as they used to be. Years ago, people would have to get a degree to be hired at a good company, but I wanted to see if my experience that I gained throughout the two years was enough to further apply my knowledge.

So I started applying to jobs. I thought “I lose nothing by applying”. I lose nothing by testing the waters.

In August, I was offered an internship position at Humi, and I took it. I thought again: I lose nothing by taking this offer. If it doesn’t work out, I go back to school in four months.

It ended up working out really well. They offered me a full-time role, and I loved the personal growth I was gaining, so it was a no brainer to continue challenging myself.

I think I’ll end up continuing education part-time, but on my own wallet, and for a program that is practical and aligns with my career goals.


“Testing the waters” … That takes lots of courage. Were you ever scared?

Oh yeah. When I first moved to Toronto, I started a new job, didn’t have a home for the first month, and didn’t know many people in the city.

But after a rough couple of months, I realized that if I kept being scared and doubting myself in this position, I’m not going to give it my all.

There are still times where I still doubt myself, but I think that’s normal. I realize that it is because I’m doing something that not many people have done before, which scares me because all I see is the thousands of people my age in school right now. It’s inevitable to think that I might be doing something wrong.

What would you tell your 2017 self?

Make a list of things that are most important to you and your personal growth, and work backwards and create ways to complete those things. It sounds simple in theory, but hard to apply in everyday life.  The things you do every day should align with what’s important to you.


If you had one thing to tell the attendees that will be attending the Legacy Conference 2018, what would it be?

For anything you do, think critically and objectively with the information you have, and make a decision that’s best for you. It’s just not so cookie cutter anymore. We’re all uncomfortable doing something different than everyone else, but we are all different so it just makes sense.

Analyze your situation. For me, I didn’t want to be in 40K+ debt without practical experience, in a field where I didn’t need need a degree right away, and I had  just enough experience to get a job.

But hey, Legacy attendee, this most likely isn’t your situation. We’re all in different situations with different goals in mind. So take the canvas and paint your career (and life) the way you want it.


Meet like-minded attendees like Kloe on March 23 - 24, 2018, at the Legacy Conference 2018. 

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