Dan eventually decided to apply to BCIT’s broadcast and online journalism program, but admits he didn’t take the rigorous application process all that seriously. At the time, BCIT had a multi-step application process, which included a current events test, which if passed, led to an interview, which then led to the third phase of the application.
“I kind of thought if I can kind of fake my way through a current events test, then I’ll be okay,” said Dan.
Dan didn’t even get a call for the second step, the interview.
“It was definitely a kick in the butt, and my parents had a little bit of an ‘I told you so’ and a little bit of a tough love moment,”
This was his wake-up call.
After being rejected by BCIT, Dan finished his second year at Kwantlen. He then applied to the broadcast program at Columbia College, where he “learned a lot” in his short time there.
After graduation, a job opening came up in Fort St. John at a radio station called Moose FM, to do production and call Junior ‘B’ hockey for the Fort St. John Huskies and host an afternoon show. Dan jumped at the opportunity, and quickly applied and interviewed over the phone.
But he didn’t get the job.
As Dan puts it,
“I was the runner-up.”
A young man named Ryan Pinder, who now works for Sportsnet in Calgary got the job in Fort St. John.
“I remember being a bit dejected about it,” said Dan.
“I really had it in my mind that I was going to go to Fort St. John and go to northern B.C. to start my career.”