Work vs Play

2015-2016 Issue 1

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Barry Douek leads a double life. By day he works full-time in quality assurance in the risk and audit department at Randstad’s Montreal headquarters, and by night he’s an accounting student. He’s completed the Diploma in Accounting and is now taking courses in preparation for the School’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting program.

Douek made the decision to go back to school four years ago. He started by enrolling in one course per semester, but is now doing two. “There’s never a dull moment,” he admits, “but it makes things interesting. Especially since I’m working, and the position is pretty demanding. It’s tough, but at the same time, it just makes you more dedicated.”

The good news is that he implements everything he learns at school on the job. “It’s funny – in almost every class there’s something I can apply to what I do now in internal auditing. I can always relate, even if it’s just a little piece of information. It’s really interesting to use what I’m learning in the real world at the same time.”

He balances school and work, and carves out personal time as well. “I give myself at least one night of fun – I still play hockey once or twice a week. Some things you have to cut down on, but [friends and family] understand.” His employer is also encouraging. “They offer to pay if it’s in direct relation to your work; you have to get certain marks, so it’s extra motivation.”

For those who have been thinking of going back to school, “I’d say honestly that if you want to do it, you should do it. I think the hardest part is deciding to go back. But you have to take it seriously, and don’t think it’s going to be easy. Once you do, you realize it’s very rewarding. ”


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