Adrian Anger

Name: 
Adrian Anger
Grad Year: 
1993
Degree: 
BCom
Program: 
Commerce
Economics
Finance
Title: 
Border Services Officer
Industry: 
Social Science, Education & Religion
Organization: 
Canadian Border Services Agency

“I am responsible for protecting the safety and security of Canada and Canadians, while helping the free flow of admissible people and goods across our borders,” says Adrian.

“You have to enjoy a variety of experiences and working with people. You have to be detail-oriented and flexible. It has been a rather circuitous route to get to where I am today. Every experience has provided me growth to move on to the next opportunity. I would only suggest that you really do what it is you want to do, and not just follow the money or go where you think others want you to be, because ultimately you'll end up where you want to be.”

Prior to this position, Adrian worked as a chiropractor who owned and operated Colborne Chiropractic.

“The challenges of this position were that no two patients who walk in my office were ever the same. This could also be very rewarding because it added interest and promoted growth and clinical skills,” says Adrian, who has Bachelor of Education and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees.

“I was also responsible for the business of running the practice, which offered challenges such as keeping abreast of changing accounting standards, technology, legislation, and standards of practice. The biggest reward was being able to help others. Health care is about taking care of the health of individuals on every level.”

Adrian says leadership was important because, as a chiropractor, you are in charge of your patients’ health. He adds that working well with others, especially one-on-one, is essential.

“A willingness to continue to educate yourself after graduation is important because health care is constantly evolving. And, obviously, you need to have passion for what you do because patients are savvy and can tell where your heart is and, without having some fun, the days will be very long,” says Adrian, who has also worked as a high school math tutor and as a teacher with the Peel Board of Education.

Adrian is also a member of the Canadian and Ontario Chiropractic Associations. While at chiropractic college, he was involved in many student activities including a term as student council president.

”That helped me realize I did not want a career sitting at a desk, working nine to five,” he says.

“I went out and bought a very modest practice and have taken it from there. Networking with numerous chiropractors, looking at websites specific to my industry on a daily basis, and attending industry events all helped me formulate where I wanted to be and how to go about it.”

Adrian says that people often look at chiropractors that have been working for a number of years and see someone who is enjoying the fruits of their labour. But he says it takes time to get there.

“You have to be patient and willing to work hard. You can’t go wrong with hard work. Nobody wants a slacker, and if you get that reputation, you’ll quickly lose your colleagues’ respect. Reputation can also follow you so a bad one could hamper your ability to get ahead. I sought mentors in my field, in order to learn from experience. If you are interested in a career as a chiropractor, talk to a variety of people in the field, such as students, college staff and field practitioners,” he says. “It’s a long—and costly—road, so do your homework first.”

If he could do anything differently, Adrian would have taken a few more courses out of interest, rather than what he thought he needed.

“I often saw education as a means to an end, rather than an experience to explore and enjoy,” he says.