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Transforming Lives: Moving Beyond

Ed Dubrovsky: An investment in yourself

By: Ed Dubrovsky

Transforming Lives: Moving Beyond is a testimonial series written by AU students and alumni who want to acknowledge how AU has helped shape their lives.

It’s a space for those who want to thank the people who have helped to support and transform their AU experience to achieve their greatest successes, all while looking forward to their future educational and personal potential.

Their story is worth shouting from the rooftops! Have an inspiring story of your own to share? Email us! We’d love to hear it


My university story started many years ago at a different university—the traditional kind. 

As a young adult I was enthusiastic to begin my life. However, within two years I felt “boxed-in” and dropped out. I simply could not connect with the method of teaching, the pace, and the limited selection of courses. Years later, as my kids were born, I wanted to finish what I started but I wanted to do it on my terms. 

From start to finish

I already had a successful career in technology and cybersecuritywhich was an emerging field at the time, so it was not so much about getting ahead. It was more for my own benefit and to prove I can do it and earn my Bachelor of Science (BSc).

At Athabasca University (AU) I found an incredible selection of courses, and I received some credit for the classes I took years ago, which was a great boost. I won’t lie, it was tough juggling a family, full time-work, a side business and some hobbiesbut AU allowed me to work at my own pace, and the instructors were awesome and worked with me. 

A graduate student

There was just enough structure to keep me focused and a few years later, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Systems. Just when I thought that I can take some time off from school, the masters program beckoned. Before I knew it, I was a graduate student. 

AU did more than just enable me to complete my degree, it ignited the flame of learning in me. I cannot quite put my finger on what it was, but it was just right.   

A few years later, I completed not only my Master of Science degree but also a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from a bricks-and-mortar school. I am even a part-time professor and program advisor at a Canadian university and I teach hundreds of students on a yearly basis. 

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“AU did more than just enable me to complete my degree, it ignited the flame of learning in me. I cannot quite put my finger on what it was, but it was just right.   ”

– Ed Dubrovsky

Continuous self-improvement

The flame of continuous selfimprovement is still burning within me and I have to credit a lot of where I am today to that day many years ago, when I found AU and decided to take the “plunge. In addition, my career has changed dramatically, because when you are continuously working on improving yourself, your own value skyrockets and opportunities appear where there were very few before (or perhaps different opportunities). 

For me it elevated me from a contributor to a leaderand presented everincreasing challenges and associated rewards.  

If you are reading this, and you are looking for something “more, you may not know what the future holds, since none of us do. But you want to take the first step, my suggestion is to take the first step today. No one has ever regretted investing in themselves. So remember, it is a sound investment. 

Ed Dubrovsky is a cybersecurity expert who credits the flexibility AU offers with helping him to earn an undergraduate degree and two graduate degrees. He still works in the cybersecurity field, works as a part-time instructor at a Canadian university, and is a frequent commentator on cybersecurity issues in the media.

  • December 16, 2020
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