A day in the life
Marian Stevens (BCS'03)
The co-op program helped me get some real world experience and discover what I like and what I’m good at.
Happy to be home
Originally from Cape Breton, Marian Stevens is surprised she ended up living and working in Nova Scotia.
“Honestly, I thought I would move to the States,” says the Computer Science alumna. “That’s what the majority of people were doing at the time.”
Luckily for her and many others, the local information and communications technology sector got a big boost when Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry, opened an office in Halifax in 2006.
Marian started with RIM as a supervisor and now works as a manager of technical quality for a group that provides technical support for the BlackBerry.
It's a position she loves because she gets to play a role in people’s development and gets to help them grow professionally. She also gets to work with a team of people in Singapore, the UK, the US and Ontario.
Perhaps most importantly, Marian is able to be close to her family and the ocean.
A family affair
Dalhousie’s history and the fact many of her family members had studied here is what drew Marian to study at the university. It’s a decision she doesn’t regret.
“The co-op program helped me get some real world experience and discover what I like and what I’m good at,” says Marian.
But her fondest memory is of the graduation ceremony.
“Everything is building up to that moment,” she says. “I remember sitting there in my gown, waiting to walk across the stage.”