It took Liane Lanni a roundabout route to find her career path. But having stumbled about a unique opportunity offered between Seneca and York University, she's now found her calling as a teacher. Turns out, it was actually what she wanted to be all along.
"I said, 'I'll just apply to Seneca and try it. And if I don't like it, I can always change.' Of course I stayed."
When I was very little I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I had my own chalkboard and I taught all my stuffed animals. By the time I got to high school, however, I decided I wanted to pursue accounting instead. I took a number of accounting courses, and soon realized that math is not my strong suit. Then I discovered graphic design, and I found something that I loved. Design came easy to me, and I excelled in my classes. So my teachers encouraged me to look into it as a career option.
As I was researching different schools, looking for programs that had to do with computers, I came across Seneca's Bachelor of Technology – Informatics and Security program. It sounded interesting to me, and so I enrolled. Despite being the only female in the class – which was terrifying the first day – I quickly connected with all my classmates. It was fun, very challenging, and I really enjoyed it.
In my third year at Seneca, I heard about a unique opportunity with York University that would allow you to complete your Seneca degree concurrently with a specialized Bachelor of Education in Technological Education from York. After some deliberation I decided to apply and was accepted into the program. I was recently one of the first three people from Seneca to actually complete this program. Having just finished all my requirements, I'm now qualified to teach grade 7 through grade 12.
I'm now also very interested in acquiring more qualifications so that I can teach kindergarten to grade 3. My mom has had a daycare for 20 years, so I've worked with this age group for as long as I can remember. And as a part-time job I do teach preschool at a family resource centre. I find working with younger kids very rewarding, and would love to pursue this further. So it seems I've come full circle, and that in the end, I was meant to be a teacher after all.
"I'm very interested in acquiring more qualifications to teach younger kids. I want to keep broadening my range of skills."