An Interview with Chelsea Bradbury

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?

A: So, I’m born and raised in Fort Smith, so I’m still working where I grew up. For early school life I went to Joseph Burr Tyrrell School in Fort Smith and for high school I went to P.W. Kaeser High School.

Q: Where did you go for post-secondary and what training did you take?

A: After high school I didn’t go right into electrical. I thought I wanted to be a welder so I went and did welding and mechanics in B.C. just to kind of get away from the North for a little bit and realized neither of those were for me and moved back to Fort Smith and got an apprenticeship with C.A.B. Construction. Usually how apprentices works is you start with ‘x’ number of hours and then you go to school after that. So, I took first, second and third year in Fort Smith at Aurora Collage and then fourth year I went to Calgary. It was really different. Our class sizes were smaller in Fort Smith whereas in Calgary there were hundreds of people.

Q: Why did you choose this path? Was it a straight path from high school, or did you take a break or change your mind?

A: My dad actually owns the company that I work for. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but I sort of fell into it. It wasn’t pushy; he encouraged me. It’s nice to have a certification; I can leave it and come back to it if I want to.

Q: Do you have any words of advice for students thinking about taking their next steps after school?

A: Find something you want to do an try it! If you don’t enjoy it; try something else. I always wanted to be a lawyer, a vet or a welder and then I changed my mind and wanted to be a writer. I did one semester of writing in college and it was awful! If you don’t like it; you don’t have to continue doing it just because you started it. Find something you want to do.