SonicTest Labs of Tempe participated in a career fair at the McClintock High School on April 16, 2014. There were approximately 1,700 eager students looking for information on potential career paths. Many stopped by the SonicTest Labs booth to inquire about “CSI’ type forensic testing. Most were surprised to learn the long detection times for drugs in toenail testing and all got a kick out of Doggie DNA services. All the counselors were interested in my 11 points to live by and took several copies to share. I decided to share them below:
We Tell People Who We Are By The Choices We Make
- Decide if you want a job or a career. A job is a paid position of regular employment. Something you do to earn money while looking to start your career. A career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. A career brings a comfortable lifestyle, self-fulfillment, pride and a sense of accomplishment.
- Choose to study subjects that will add to your knowledge base as opposed to choosing classes that are the easiest selections to fill a grid.
- When you decide to work in a specific field, become a subject matter expert. Don’t waste your talents by learning just enough to get by. Jump in with both feet and learn what others choose to ignore. You will become more valuable in your field which will bring personal satisfaction and respect from your peers. People will seek your advice.
- Choose your friends wisely. You will make many acquaintances but few friends. A friend will understand your goals and help you to achieve them by actively supporting your efforts. The others will waste your time, add nothing of value to your life and drain your energy.
- Listen to your parents. It may not seem like the cool thing to do, as a high school student, but remember, your parents, not long ago, were exactly where you are right now. Part of growing up and becoming an adult is the desire to be respected for our views, our likes and dislikes, and our opinions and choices. Another part of growing up means learning from mistakes made by others so we can avoid making them ourselves.
- Seek advice from any and all you respect for their knowledge in a given area, but when you make a decision, own it. Don’t blame others if things don’t work out. You, and only you, choose the advice to adopt. If it moves sideways on you, you must stand up, accept it, fix it and move on….like an adult.
- Life is not a spectator sport. Get active and get involved: whether it’s sports or volunteering for a cause. Some things you won’t stay with and others you will, but you will make new friends, find new interests learn something from all of them.
- An employer hires you for only one reason: a task needs to be done and there is no one else to do it. You are not hired to just show up. You increase your value to the employer buy taking initiative. If you see something that needs to be done…DO IT, even if it is not in your job description.
- Want a promotion? Do the work required by the advanced position before you get the position. If you take the attitude that you won’t do the work until they pay you for it, don’t be surprised when someone else gets that job and leaves you in the dust. You might feel you “deserved” the promotion, but the other person proved that he “earned” the promotion.
- Employees are hired to reflect the employer & the business. Want to wear nose and tongue piercings? Want to have tattoos on your neck and arms? This will limit the number of employers willing to hire you.
- Employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Drugs affect a person’s sense of time, distance and reaction time to emergencies, and present a safety risk to the employee and coworkers. Drugs or career….the choice is yours!