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Life Goal-Get a KickAss Career: July 22nd, 2016

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Life Goal: Get a KickAss Career


A graduate of Ontario’s “Earn While You Learn” apprenticeship, McMillan’s whir­lwind career takes her across the country: one week she can be sky-high connecting steel at a gas and oil plant in Alberta, and the next week she could be in a confined space at an industrial plant in Ontario replacing the steel plates that line a chute. To put it simply, her job kicks ass.

And she gets to talk about it pretty frequently, spending half the year as a public speaker and mentor at schools on behalf of her company, KickAss Careers, encouraging today’s youth to consider a career in the trades. You will spend a third of your life in your career, “It’s important that you find something that you love to do.” McMillan advises.

Growing up, McMillan states that she had never heard of skilled trades and apprenticeships. She urges kids today to take advantage of educational programs and “to try everything your school offers” including co-op courses, and dual credits, in addition to many others. “There are so many opportunities in school to begin working towards a career in the construction industry.”