This past week I was able to attend a career day at my old high school. Luckily I have had the chance to do this for the past 3 years. I enjoy going back and having the opportunity to catch up with old teachers (it’s amazing how many still remember your name, it’s been 15 years), occasionally class mates (some work there and some attend the career day) and having the opportunity to speak to students interested in technology. It’s always invigorating and eye opening when you meet students who already have a passion for something you personally are working on or have a shared interest in your work. I enjoy having the opportunity to ask questions of the groups, usually it’s only 10 to 15 kids, 3 times for 15 minutes each. It goes by extremely fast.
One of the greatest things from this past career day was the keynote, usually the keynote is done by a former alumni that has had a significant impact on the school community. The courage this individual had in times of uncertainty and the advice he had for the students was wise beyond this individuals years. I could only hope that his words resonate with the students as much as they did with me, it’s funny, he mentioned how getting older we end up learning more empathy, patience and compassion. I find that to be true as well, but then I look at my own kids and realize they are everything I want to be in life, they are empathetic and compassionate, it makes me wonder when and why in life do we lose it and when in life do we tend to get it back.
If you ever find yourself in a position to do something like this, seize the opportunity to do it. You can always have a million excuses as to why you wouldn’t, but you just need once excuse to go and try it.
You may never know but you could potentially impact a student’s life just by being there and talking to them for 15 minutes. Who knows maybe you gave them that lollipop moment, or maybe you inspired them to look somewhere or try something else.
Until the next time,