MND welcomed three new guests to Connections Friday this week. Thank you Chris, Branden, and Pierce for sharing your career stories with us and for offering tips for how to make it in your field!
Chris is currently a banker but didn't always know that was the job for him. In college, Chris didn't set goals or take himself very seriously. He ended up dropping out, losing his job, and realizing he needed a change. Chris started by setting those goals he hadn't set before; he bought a suit, worked on his resume, and went to every place he knew to find a job. He was told he would need to apply online and without a computer, he headed to the library and did just that. Chris got a callback from a bank and started working there soon after as a teller. He continued to set goals for himself and worked hard at his job, often doing other duties not included in his job description and taking on more responsibility. His initiative paid off and his company noticed. He was promoted to Banker I, doubling his salary. As a result, he was able to purchase his first home and is now going to back to school for his Bachelor's degree.
Chris shared with clients that you know you are in the right field when you enjoy getting up each day for work. "You need to be happy with what you're doing," he said.
Branden is a social worker and the head of a program which matches professionals 55 and older with service opportunities at public agencies and nonprofits. Branden became interested in social work through his father, who worked in the human services field and often brought his work home with him. Branden loved what his dad was doing and went on to get his Bachelor's degree in human services. His first professional experience in his field came through working with autistic children and older adults with disabilities. He got his feet wet and realized he wanted to do more. After moving to Baltimore, he enrolled in an MSW program and while getting his degree, discovered his passion for policy. He completed his field work in Annapolis and continued to find more opportunities, eventually taking on his current role at ReServe Maryland. Branden is now pursuing his PhD in social work.
Branden told clients about how crucial it is to keep your ears open about opportunities you may be interested in. Doing this enabled him to transition into positions that really fit with his skills and passions.
Pierce is the president of one of the oldest construction companies in Maryland. The business is family owned and run, and has been in operation for 125 years. Pierce started out as a concrete laborer and transitioned into a surveying assistant after college. He then worked in traffic control, but decided to pursue his business degree and soon moved into office work. When his father, who had been president of the company before him, passed away, he moved into the role. This was a challenging time for Pierce and his company, with both the loss of a parent and the economy. Pierce continued to work hard and kept his company going and growing. He now says that things are looking up.
Pierce provided clients with two critical pieces of advice. He told them, "first impressions are it," and that it is important to look the part. When hiring construction workers, Pierce likes to see individuals who come dressed ready to start work immediately. Pierce also shared that the more you engage in your job the more it gives back to you.
Thank you again to all our guests for sharing their stories and secrets to success!
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