Lindsey Sinclair turned her love of the outdoors into a successful career. She graduated from Loyalist College with a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services in 2011 and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations the following year. After graduation, Lindsey built a network of contacts by seeking out individuals whose careers appealed to her, and establishing relationships with those people. Meeting with a variety of professionals in both her fields of study introduced Lindsey to potential employers. She believes that her education, work and life experiences have led to where she is now— Special Events Coordinator at Calabogie Peaks resort.
Her College training comes into play quite often, especially during the winter season, when she coordinates school and corporate ski visits, and creates customized client programs.
“I was originally hired to work alongside a committee to organize two major festivals: the Calabogie Country Music Festival and the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest,” says Lindsey. “This involved managing volunteers, securing sponsorship, creating a site plan, prepping the site, and marketing and promotions.”
Continually learning and taking on new experiences has helped Lindsey gauge trends and apply theoretical practices to real-world situations.
“By being involved in various projects and community groups, I am able to stay current in this ever-changing industry,” she says.
This past year, Lindsey was Co-Chair of TEDxAlgonquinPark, an event that unites community leaders, dreamers, builders and doers to collaborate and spark new ideas for Algonquin Park. This involvement opened her eyes to emerging interest groups and their successes and struggles. It brought issues closer to home, allowing her to recognize a correlation between the recreation and leisure industry and local and provincial political developments.
Lindsey advises recent grads to take advantage of opportunities, and to get involved in various projects and points of interest that may open doors to further connections. “There are people who are willing to help you but the trick is you have to ask.”
College and university graduates can add a post-grad certificate to their degree or diploma in less than one year. The programs provide practical skills and knowledge through field placements, allowing students to make valuable connections with potential employers. In addition to the well-established post-grad programs for which Loyalist is known — Human Resources Management, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, and Sports and Entertainment Sales and Marketing — Loyalist is excited to offer two new options: Enhanced Baking for Cooks and International Trade and Logistics Management. Loyalist is preparing to host two post-graduate events on Wednesday, August 20 at 12 noon and 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their questions and learn how a post-grad certificate can enhance their employment options. For more information on this special event, visit the new loyalistcollege.com.