A Whole New Direction in Mid-life
"Any person who is considering retraining for a new career should not look at the dollars and cents," says Les Lowe. After years of being a general and electrical contractor, Les wanted an opportunity to give back to the community. A friend of his said that he'd be good at teaching, and that started a whole new direction for him in mid-life.
Les made a major career shift to become a technology teacher. He completed the two-year diploma in Technology Teacher Education at BCIT, as well as his teaching degree at the University of British Columbia.
The BCIT program trains students well for the classroom, according to Les. The instructors are professional and knowledgeable, and the program includes all the practical procedures and methodologies required for teaching woodworking, metal work, electronics, small engines, and drafting by hand and by computer. In addition, the program teaches people to figure out what to do with the equipment that a school might have, because most schools don't have the excellent facilities found at BCIT.
Les is very enthusiastic about his career, although he feels that teaching is not for everyone. "It can be stressful, but there are rewards," he says. When you get an appreciative comment from a student for your work, it makes it all worthwhile.