1. When did you know or when did you decide on the type of career you would pursue?
I discovered that I wanted to be a teacher about the time a started my senior year of college.
2. Did you take specific courses in High School that would prepared you for your career choices?
My high school classes were basically college prep courses.
3. Ask them to describe their Career Path (each job and position they held and how long they worked in that specific job/position.)
I was a teacher of middle and high school for 32 years.
4. What specific training did they have to obtain for each of the positions they held?
I took education classes did student teaching.
5. What made them chose the 'career path' that they followed? What would they do differently, if they could go back and start over?
An introduction to education class convinced me to become a teacher. If I could start over, I'd study harder as an undergraduate.
6. What advise would they give to a young teenager, to help them prepare for their 'career path' ?
Take school seriously and take the hardest classes you can.
6. Advise to a teen? Break old habits of laziness, and procrastination. Learn and practice good study habits (www.pinkmonkey.com). Lastly, practice the golden rule.
1. I knew in the 11th grade in HSchool, I took a vocational interest instrument, it listed three things I was high in: teaching, engineering.
2. Yes, Physics, advanced math.
3. Electronic warfare officer, electronic maintanance, missile warfare coordinator, staff electronics maintence officer; Coordinator, search and rescue in Vietnam; Satellite design and procurement; satellite land and shipboard terminal procurement, insallation; Ship Superintendent, Landing Helicopter Assault ship during construction; Design Superintendent for a new class of ships; teaching college, and high school for 15 years after retirement.
3,4. Postgraduate training at several colleges. The USC courses in Systems Management was most beneficial
4. Differently? I would have taken
English in High School differently, I would have demanded more of myself and my teachers. Little did I know how critical communication is.
I know you've gotten your two interviews, so just a note about #6 Advice to teens.
Tip #1: School IS important. Grades are your paycheck--one that you can increase by working harder. Tutoring another student is a good way to learn a subject better--and increase that paycheck AND the one you'll get later on.
Tip #2: Education should never end. You can expect AT LEAST two full-time, 20-year, totally different careers in your lifetime. This means you need to be educating yourself for the next one before you finish the current one.
Colleges are helping "older" students considerably. Online classes offer education at your own pace and schedule. While in high school you may be able to take an online course or one from your local community college. The credits are usually transferrable and they could be either basic freshman courses or just ones you are interested in. Those interesting courses may help you decide on your first career--or lead you to the second one later.
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