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Andrew's Story - Yellowknife

It was only about nine months ago when a friend of mine first came to me with an opportunity of taking a job up in Yellowknife. I’ve always considered myself someone eager for new experiences, but I’ll be honest, it didn’t exactly appeal to me right away. Now that I’ve been here for a little while, I can honestly say it was one of the smartest moves I've ever made.

Originally I'm from North Bay, Ontario where I stayed all the way through University, and had most recently been living in Toronto where I just completed a post-graduate program in Public Relations and Communications.  In between, I have spent time living in Alberta and British Columbia.  Having just completed my schooling, I was preparing myself to join the rat-race in the big city, where I'd competing with countless other up and comers, all trying to make our mark.  That's what brought me here - opportunity, and the chance to stand out.

I’ve been working at Tait Communications and Consulting, and in the short time I've been here, I've had the chance to be a part of so much more than I ever could have ever imagined. Through work I’ve gotten to travel, and be involved in projects to a degree which would normally take someone years to reach.  Most importantly, I’ve been able to learn a lot and fast-track my career.

What’s surprised me most about life in the north is how vibrant and diverse it is.  There is so much opportunity to get involved, no matter your interests.  Since arriving I’ve been kayaking, tried dog sledding and have been exploring the vast outdoors - all while living in a modern, bustling, cosmopolitan city.  The best part the north though, without a doubt, is the people.  Everyone is incredibly welcoming and open.  It sure hasn’t taken long for a newcomer to feel right at home.