Brentwood’s Careers Day

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - By: Cade M, Privett ‘20

Careers Day is an opportunity to take a closer look at individual jobs and the responsibles and opportunities that come with them. Every student chooses which speakers they would like to listen to and everyone has a chance to ask questions and talk with the speaker. By taking a closer look at the path that each speaker has taken to reach their success, it becomes clear that the overarching theme was that life is unpredictable. 

Both speakers I listened to talked about how they worked jobs they never thought they would. You cannot control what life throws at you, only how you react to what it throws at you. I sat in on Ed Ross, a Sr Project Manager, and Tom Dickens, an Insurance Underwriting Specialist. Life is unpredictable and can make planning ahead feel useless, but we do it anyway: we plan as much as we can. Tom said, “At the end of the day, it comes down to the work you put in.” This is a saying that my dad has always told me and something that I believe to be very true. We can all make a plan to become a doctor, lawyer, or whatever it may be, but the bottom line is unless we do the work in order to earn it, we won’t make it.

The day shines light on the truth, that there is no point in racing to the top, just stay open to new things and work hard. There are lots of speakers from different careers which makes it hard to choose. One session I wish I had gone to was Cecily Grant ‘78, a veterinarian. Luckily my roommate did attend. According to Ray R, Privett ‘20 “Dr. Grant brought a dog with her and let the class see a live demonstration.” This allowed the class to get involved and it “kept everyone engaged.”

Careers Day was a success, and I only hope it keeps getting better!

Cade M, Privett ‘20

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