Assistant Manager, Guitar Teacher
’96 BA, Japanese & Chinese Language & Literature; '99 MSc, Linguistics
For Wolf Wikeley, having a BA has opened the door to a number of unanticipated opportunities. Wikeley graduated in 1996 with a BA in Japanese and Chinese Language and Literature. Opting to pursue further studies, Wikeley earned his MSc in 1999 in Linguistics in Discourse and Syntax, and subsequently began work on a PhD looking at the sound structure of the Japanese language. During his PhD studies, Wikeley had the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses, a position that earned him teaching awards from both the Faculty of Arts and the Graduate Students Association.
In 2004, Wikeley took a leave from his PhD studies to work at an Edmonton-based computer-game development firm, Bioware Corp. The company was looking to develop an immersive, film-like gaming experience, and given his expertise in synthetic languages, Wikeley’s role with Bioware was to develop synthetic languages for the games the company was developing. Wikeley developed the grammars and dictionaries for languages in the game “Jade Empire."
Wikeley returned briefly to his PhD studies in 2005, but soon took a year-long leave of absence, this time due to an illness in the family. It was during this leave that Wikeley’s career path changed yet again. In February 2006, Wikeley received a call from the CEO and founder of Visionary College, inquiring if he would like to teach guitar. Seizing the opportunity to fulfill his secret lifelong dream, Wikeley signed on immediately. Currently, Wikeley teaches guitar lessons and is an Assistant Manager with Innovations Music, the retail partner of Visionary College.
Wikeley admits that the career change was huge, but says that he uses nearly every skill he learned from his U of A experience daily. “My current position is different from what I had anticipated, but every step along the way now seems to have led me to it. And I love it.”