I recently gathered my petticoats and a little bit of courage to apply for the “Woods Canadian Dream Job.” For those of you who did not see the countless advertisements and newspaper articles pertaining to this opportunity, Woods is offering two “explorers” the chance to navigate, hike, climb and paddle across the country along the Trans Canada Trail. The trail is 24, 000 km, 75 per cent connected, and 100 per cent exactly what I want to do with my life over the next 5 months.
While I know that many Canadians are vying for this opportunity, putting together my application for this job was more encouraging than I expected it to be. In fact, I have held onto a stubborn and maybe slightly naive hope that I have a chance to actually land the job. That’s not to say that I did not flip flop between over-confidence and discouragement, but I think the overall feeling was of hope.
I had fun putting together my application too; it helped me to remember the many positive experiences I have had in my life and appreciate the wide variety of skills that I have accumulated as a result. Many of which I have never had much hope in putting to use to make me employable, but do for the simple reason that I love it.
And that is exactly why the “Woods Dream Job” is so appealing to so many Canadians, why it is such a brilliant platform — it puts to use those pet projects and passions. Something we all secretly dream of, but often don’t let ourselves believe is possible.
For me, this process has been one saturated in high emotions, huge growth, and lots of excitement. The good news is that regardless of the outcome, I feel like I have come out ahead of myself — more directed, motivated and determined. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to run around and film themselves doing fun things. I recommend it highly.
See you on the trails!