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Sophomores and juniors were invited to school early on the morning of Thursday, February 16, to participate in Career Day. The event, created and delivered by Priory’s College Counseling team, offered students the opportunity to meet with professionals from a variety of professions in intimate classroom settings. The morning was broken up into two sessions, so students could engage with multiple presenters.
Sophomore Wil Craig went to the Creative Professions session with Mr. Andrew Laue, who is the Associate Director of Fine Arts Admissions at Webster University. Mr. Laue covered careers in all areas related to visual, performing and digital arts, and animation and game design. He also offered advice on how to best search for colleges that offer creative programs. Wil said, “After this, I know that I need to narrow down what I want to do, and get a head start on my college application. I have a better idea of how to make my college transcripts more appealing, so I can get into the school I want and therefore get the job I want.” For his second session, Wil chose to explore Technology with Mr. Jeff Fattic, Director of Technology Sales for Microsoft. Mr. Fattic has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, and he featured Microsoft’s new VR headset in his presentation. Wil reported, “He was very inspiring!”
Students interested in business were given several opportunities to hear from experts. Ms. Debbie Barbeau, Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Accounting Programs at St. Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, brought her wealth of experience teaching at the undergraduate level and advising students on the path to professional success. For those looking to go beyond our country’s borders, Ms. Diana Redden, Recruitment Coordinator for UMSL’s School of Business offered insight from her many years in the admission field as well her expertise with UMSL’s top-ranked International Business degree program. Ms. Katie Wooten, Project Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors, works with senior management and associates to uncover opportunities to attract, retain, and grow top talent within the firm, while also focusing on diversity and inclusion internally and in the industry. She spoke about Finance opportunities.
The computer science and engineering sessions were popular among the information-seeking Rebels. Dr. Michael Goldwasser, Chair of the Department of Computer Science at St. Louis University and author of three undergraduate textbooks, offered his experience with the computer science education community. One of his few professional regrets is scoffing at his graduate school officemate for wasting his time becoming the first-ever employee of an unknown startup named “Google,” rather than working on his thesis. Priory welcomed current parent Dr. Jody O’Sullivan to talk about engineering. Sophomore Robbie Frei enjoyed Dr. O’Sullivan’s presentation. He said, “You could see what jobs the different majors go into. There are some aspects of engineering that I’ve considered, but didn’t realize exactly what they were until he discussed them in-depth. I really liked thinking about where I can go after college.” Robbie also participated in the Technology session with Mr. Fattic.
Other Priory parents offered to share their knowledge. Dr. Alicia Noddings, current Priory mother and Assistant Dean of the Education Division at Missouri Baptist University, talked to students interested in the field of education. She shared her experience teaching at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level. Ms. Matuschka Briggs and Mr. Malcolm Briggs, alumni parents, covered media, journalism, and communications. Ms. Briggs is on-air talent and a freelancer, writes for Lindo Notes, and is former host of the 1380 AM radio program, “The Woman.” Mr. Briggs is currently a financial advisor for Edward Jones, after serving for many years as a sportscaster with major news networks.
Always popular choices among our graduates, the professions of law, government and politics were covered. Dr. Anita Manion, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science at UMSL, shared her specialties in American politics, public policy, and leadership. Ms. Mary Pat McInnis, Dean for Career Services at St. Louis University School of Law; Mr. Charlie Rosebrough ’11, St. Louis University 1843 Scholar; and Mr. Carter Gage ’12, spoke to a robust group about studying and practicing law.
Many Priory alumni go into the field of medicine, and interested students were able to hear from and speak with Dr. Todd Druley, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Research in the Druley Lab is based on characterizing the link between normal human development and early childhood cancer, particularly infant leukemia. The lab has a track record for genomic methodology development and is currently applying that technology to improve molecular diagnostics in pediatric AML. Clinically, Dr. Druley spoke extensively about his focus on pediatric cancer predisposition while serving as the co-director of the Pediatric Cancer Predisposition Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Mr. Jack Croghan, Director of the Sports & Entertainment Business Program at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and owner of Croghan Sports, LLC, a sports management consulting firm, shared his experience in the industry. He has also worked for the Edward Jones Dome, Busch Stadium, and other venues.
Wil Craig checked in with the Priory College Counseling staff after the event. He said, “This was the most beneficial college program that I have ever attended, and it will definitely help me in the long run.” Robbie Frei agreed, “Today was about exposing me to new ideas, and different perspectives on what college can mean for a career path.”
Many thanks to our guest presenters, and to our College Counseling team (Mrs. Sams, Mrs. Collier, and Mrs. Frentzel) for building such a great morning.