Why I Pursued A Career In Social Work

Hey, I’m Brittany and I’m currently in my 3rd and final year of college. Over the last 3 years I have been in the Child and Youth Care program at Sheridan college and have been loving it since the day I started!

Seven years ago I graduated from high school having no idea what I was going to do with my life and no intention of going back to school.
I decided to take a few years off to live life, travel and find Jesus in new and crazy ways before starting “real life”.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always desired to have a job that doesn’t feel like work. I dreamt of a life where waking up in the morning was a joy not a chore or something I would dread. After five years of not being in school I remember saying to God “if you want me to go to school, I need to you show me exactly what I need to do and where to go because the only way that I will go is if I know now You’re the one calling me.”

The following 2 weeks blew my mind. I had everyone in their uncle asking me if I was planning on going to school, or what I was taking at college to people assuming I had already graduated. I said to God again “clearly you want to go, but I still have no idea what to take and I’m not going until I know without a doubt it’s what you want me to do!”

A week later a friend of mine randomly invited me to a movie premiere downtown Toronto to see the movie Southpaw. I had never heard of it but decided to go anyways. Little did I know that, that was the decision that would change the direction of my life.

About 15 minutes into the movie I begin to feel completely overwhelmed and overcome by emotions, so many that I start to feel a bit embarrassed at the fact that I’m crying at, what seems to be, nothing at all.

And then It began, that still small voice in the back of my mind that only I could hear. He starts to remind me of all the desires and passions in my heart that most people had never even known about. Holy Spirit is suddenly so present in the theatre and it’s almost as if it’s just myself and him, there, watching, feeling, crying and being! I remember feeling so vulnerable but yet so incredible loved and comforted in that moment. I could feel him tugging at my heart, asking me “will you do my work? Will you love people the way I do? Will you care for them the way that I do? Will you bring life and joy to people like I do?”

I cry throughout the entire movie, all the way home, and on and off throughout the next few days. I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that for one, God had just completely answered my prayers in a crazy, mind blowing way that I was not expecting. And two, I was suddenly faced with the reality that I was going back to school.

Three years later, it was one of the best decisions I have made in life. It has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. It’s been the hardest, most inconvenient, stressful, lovely, growing and maturing time of my life.

I have come to the glorious realization that my passion and my joy every morning when I wake up is that I get to work with adults with autism. Something that I, again, would have never considered doing if it wasn’t for me listening and following the voice and heart of the my Jesus.

I have started to live the reality of the dream that I so desired as a teenager. I wake up excited to go about my day, not only because it’s something that I find interesting or challenging but because I get to do it with Holy Spirit by my side, fully knowing that this is what he has created me to do! I get to be Him to every client I spend time with and every staff member I encounter.

I am beyond thankful that I chose to encounter Jesus that evening, in a movie theatre, downtown that ended up changing the course of my life. He’s a sneaky one, but his spontaneity, wild love, and heart of adventure is what constantly keeps me going and brings me back to his heart seeking more of him everyday!

by Brittany Cormier