Stefanie, Caorda Web Solutions

There were hundreds of ideas submitted to the #Skills4BC discussion. The conversation highlighted trades and technical jobs – asking for advice related to technical careers. From profiling and marketing trades careers to changing attitudes on gaining skills, British Columbians came through in a big way. There were a few comments that exemplified a different approach to change – changing attitudes.

Stefanie Fournier, Graphic Designer

Stefanie Fournier is a self-starter whose positive can-do attitude has benefited her tremendously in her technical career. On Nov. 16, 2012 she joined the Skills4BC conversation saying it takes perseverance – hard work, practice and self-directed learning – to get technical skills.

Stefanie defines herself as a mixed-media professional specializing in graphic design and photography. In an industry as competitive as visual communications, Stefanie makes clear that it’s often comes down to the individual to hone their skills.

Having graduated from the University of Fraser Valley in 2007 with an associate’s degree in communications, Stefanie knew she needed to grow her skill set beyond what she learned in the classroom.

“My degree is largely based in theory,” Stephanie says. “Most of the graphic design foundations I’ve learned are from putting in extra hours during or after school. Post-secondary education is important, but ultimately it comes down to the individual to refine their skill-set.”

Today, Stefanie is continuing to build her mixed-media portfolio. She’s spent the last three years with Victoria-based boutique web-design company, Caorda Web Solutions. She’s taken the principles from graphic design, and applied them to her passion for photography. Her advice is simple, “Visual communications is a competitive industry; you need to constantly push the envelope.  Stay hungry, be resourceful, and network, network, network!

“It’s the hours of time you put in that no one sees, that’s what counts – it gives you confidence. Whether you’re learning to weld, or becoming a pro in Photoshop, all trades and technical skills require the same self-motivated, committed mindset,” Stefanie says.

The #Skills4BC conversation wrapped up in December, 2012. British Columbians like Stefanie contributed meaningful ideas to the online discussion. The ideas have since been identified, analyzed, and prioritized. Citizen’s ideas have been turned to government action – Ideas2Actions.

How Stefanie’s story connects with the BC Jobs Plan

  • Ideas2Actions is powered by British Columbians. Stefanie’s re-thinking of how to get skills exemplifies the innovative, creative minds that contributed to the #Skills4BC conversation.

  • The BCIC-Mitacs Commercialization Voucher Program (Voucher Program) helps BC businesses get their ideas and products to market faster. Learn more: Commercialization Voucher Program.

  • BC’s technology sector strategy highlights the competitive advantages and investments being made in the industry. BC’s tech sector is growing faster than any other sector.