Change of life thanks to new technologies

Changer de vie grâce aux nouvelles technologies

Photo: Valérian Mazataud The Duty
After 14 years in the area of in-ground pools, Sébastien Gagné has undertaken a real turn professional by becoming a programmer after graduating in computer science.


Robotization, artificial intelligence, connected objects : new technologies will end thousands of workers to acquire new skills in the course of their career to keep pace or take advantage of the benefits. In this fourth and final article on the faces of the digital revolution, take advantage of new technologies to change lives.

When one observes Sébastien Gagné in his new place of work, wearing a shirt and jacket in front of one of the computer screens at the large desk in an open area of the boulevard Saint-Laurent, it’s hard to imagine there was three years ago, he was working with a boom pool, rather than a mouse.

At the age of 33, he is now a programmer in Mango, a company of development of software and mobile applications, established in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. A change of course complete.

“I have 14 years of experience in the field of in-ground pools,” he says to summarize his experience. I’ve done it ever since I was 18 years old. “

For 10 years, he has replaced and repaired the canvas, and then build swimming pools on the North Shore of Montreal. “I’m bored even a little bit,” he admits. You work only when it’s nice out, six months out of the year. There are still large benefits, except that you live six months rich, six-month poor. “

At the time, he loves his work, but in 2015, the disease is striking : his doctor tells him that he has a cancer of the bone marrow. Weakened, it focuses on the maintenance of swimming pools for perform tasks less physically demanding, but it struggles to keep pace.

And then, without waiting, he receives a call from Emploi-Québec, which offers him reorient himself after touching of unemployment for several years. “I was surprised, but I entered gear and I am left to wear to see where it would lead me. “

Choice of the future

After a few meetings orientation to identify its interests, it offers several avenues, including that of becoming a repairer of tvs and drives videos, ” he says. He opted for a more promising by enrolling in computer science at the college Bois-de-Boulogne, where he discovers the amazing programming.

“I knew zero. I had never touched it, I didn’t even know what it was. “

He registered first in a course of introduction to programming and then made the big leap by initiating an attestation of college studies (AEC). “I could sleep three hours per night to study and have good results, because I absolutely wanted to refocus,” he remembers. Carting a wheelbarrow of concrete, it didn’t bother me when I was 18 years old, but I was starting to find it a lot more cumbersome. I said to myself that a desk job, this would be more simple. “

I could sleep three hours per night to study and have good results, because I absolutely wanted to refocus, ” he remembers. Carting a wheelbarrow of concrete, it didn’t bother me when I was 18 years old, but I was starting to find it a lot more cumbersome. I said to myself that a desk job, this would be more simple.

Sebastian Won

Since he finished his training, he went through another company before landing at Mango at the beginning of the month of July. And today, it is the happiness of all points of view. “I have a super good wage, good benefits, and I can have a social life, so I have no reason to be unhappy with my choice,” he said. I think it is a job of the future. So even if it doesn’t work here, I could have other opportunities thanks to the training I received. “

Beyond the work, it has now adopted a lifestyle more healthy : it has put aside the energy drinks, he has stopped smoking and he’s back to do the exercise. “This is the first summer that I have in 16 years, because with the pools, I couldn’t see them move. I take advantage of it ! “

Capitalize on the novelty

The career change was just as radical for Vera Yeni, a Montreal-based Russian-born 37-year-old. During the major part of his life, this polyglot has worked with strangers, but she finds that his new duties suit him much better.

Changer de vie grâce aux nouvelles technologies

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Vera Yeni is passed from the translation to the programming after his arrival in Montreal.

“I think I’ve always been introverted. I prefer to stay alone to read books. Today, I realized that I do like the fact of being alone in front of my computer “, starts laughing, this specialist in Web development and software newly graduated.

At the time she lived in Russia, Ms. Yeni has obtained two degrees in languages. She learned English and German, then French, Spanish and Italian. She has served in various capacities as a translator, teacher or guide on cruise ships, even serving as an interpreter for Italian parents who came to adopt Russian children.

Fearing that his son mulatto is the victim of racism during his entry to the school, her ex-husband, her son, and she immigrated to Quebec in 2009. “In Russia, I was a translator Russian-English, Russian-Italian, Russian-French, but it was a bit unnecessary, arrived in Quebec, because here, we only need English-French translation. And I’m less comfortable translate from one foreign language to another “, she explains.

It might then work as a secretary or a teacher, but she finds that she will have to get a new degree anyway. “I told myself that as long as to go to study, I was going to try something new. “

New language

Borrow a new way, okay. But which one ? “I’ve always loved graphic art and I said to myself that I could do Web design. So I chose a program a bit more extensive Web development, but in the course of studies, I realized that I prefer programming to design. “

After you have completed an AEC at the Collège de Maisonneuve, Vera Yeni has landed a job at Espresso communications, where she has worked for more than two years as a programmer.

She returned to school two years ago to obtain a certificate in software development McGill University, with the aim to go further : after having spent the first years of his new career to develop the visible part of the software, she hopes her new skills will allow him to devote himself to the portion hidden, the servers and databases.

After the Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian, she is on the point of mastering a new language, but without the need to express themselves to put it into practice. And it suits him perfectly.

Ce text is part of our “Outlook” section.

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