“The transition to the working world can seem daunting, but school has given you the skills to work very hard under pressure and most importantly, taught you how to learn.” Meet Beedie Luminary Mentor, Beth Berry
Work Title / Company:
Vice President, Industrial at Beedie.
Why did you decide to become a mentor with Beedie Luminaries?
Throughout my career I had the great fortune of being mentored by a number of individuals. The time and feedback they gave me has had a lifelong positive impact. It is a privilege to be able to participate in this incredible program and get to know one of these amazing students.
What was your favourite subject in school?
Labour Relations and Real Estate Law.
What was your first job? What was your biggest takeaway from that experience?
My family owned a small business and my first “job” was sweeping the floors. I still love sweeping to this day, I find it very relaxing and rewarding. My parents taught me that it was my job to show up every day and set a good example. They taught me the value of work and how rewarding it is to simply do a good job, which was a highly valuable lesson.
What are the three qualities that got you where you are today?
- Commitment to constant learning.
- Being responsible and taking ownership for everything I impact.
- Being dedicated to loyalty and honesty.
Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
I lost a bet years ago to Ryan Beedie when he challenged me on my certainty about a meeting time. Recognizing its more important to confirm the accuracy of your information rather than simply having a response.
What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
When I was little, my Grandad read me a series of books called the Value Tales by Dr. Spencer Johnson and Anne Donegan Johnson. Most memorable, The Value of Kindness, The Value of Believing in Yourself, The Value of Determination. I had the good fortune of having a family who instill in me that I could be whatever I wanted, if I simply put my mind to it. I love how Luminaries is helping these incredible students achieve their dreams.
What advice would you give to post-secondary students as they prepare to transition into the working world?
The transition to the working world can seem daunting, but school has given you the skills to work very hard under pressure and most importantly, taught you how to learn. Take the strong work ethic you have applied in school and a positive attitude to your first job, and you will be successful.
What / where is your happy place?
Watching any sunset.
What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
Learning how to be a better parent!!!Back To Top