Center Spread - November 2010 Content by Rebecca Hu Designed by Janice Pang
Top Factors in Choosing a Career
As high school students, we are mere steps away from what is often termed “the real world.” In fact, many of us are seriously considering our college majors and even settling in on possible future occupations. However, having never experienced the true life behind these jobs, we are full of expectations and not quite as full of concrete answers. So, what exactly is “the real world” like? Take a look at the answers and advice from Aragon alumni. Stude nt
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“One day, my high school English teacher decided to show up to class and not have an agenda planned. As a result, he had the class pick one person to run the class while studying the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. I was picked, and I did a great job at it. That was really the first time I ever realized my passion and skill for teaching.” (Scott. Silton) “When I was in college, I took a class with a psychology professor about the ear. I took it because I heard it was an easy class, and I expected it to be extremely boring. To my surprise, the class turned out to be very enticing, and I really loved the way my professor taught. He made what I thought was a boring subject very interesting and fun for everyone.” (Alice Hu) “When I was a junior, I had some incredible teachers. My mother had breast cancer, but the Aragon administration, counseling, and staff were very uplifting and helped my whole family through a hard time. I learned that school is so much more than a community- it’s a family, and it has such a powerful impact on people’s lives.” (Jennifer Condon)
*On a scale of 1-5, how sure are you of pursuing this job?
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TEACHERS: “Because Mr. McGlashan was a lawyer and retired to become a teacher, I think I’ll eventually retire from teaching to become a lawyer.”
1. Passion 2. Helping others 3. Stability 4. Skill 5. Freedom 6. Less stress 7. Safety 8. Money
Why do you want to pursue this job?
What are your prerequisites?
“I absolutely love music, and I want to move history away from limiting stereotypes. We must look past our differences and embrace all world cultures.” -Michael Jin (first Asian rock musician)
“I’m in two bands- Good Friday and Kalyptra- and I’ve also invested in many cool instruments.” -Drake Cristobal (music industry)
“There’s something deep inside that touches me with dancing- I can’t describe it…I love movement, lines, everything!” -Mariko Ishikawa (ballet dancer)
“The woman that I interviewed for career project, Beka Brayer, told me that we could work together and swap ideas and show me her form and technique. She is involved with the San Mateo Heart of Whimsy.” -Sandra Corzantes (sculptor, whimsical assemblance)
“No matter how sick you are, the more positive you are, the stronger you’ll be. I learned that through all of my own physical therapy sessions, and I would like to help others discover their own personal strength.” -Serena Chin (occupational therapist) “Over the years, a lot of my family friends and soccer coaches had cancer and either passed away or struggled to fight it, and I want to change that.” -Ally Lim (cancer research scientist) “Japan is becoming one of the more prominent countries in the world, and I think that teaching English there would definitely overcome the language barrier for the better.” -Abby Clemens (English teacher in Japan) “Neurology is still an emerging field and, with the advent of new brain-imaging technology, it is constantly evolving.” -Ryan O’Donnell (neurologist)
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*On a scale of 0-5, how interested were you in becoming a teacher in high school?
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“I volunteered at a wolf refuge in Colorado Springs.” -Stephanie Young (medicinal vet)
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“I watch a lot of undercover agent TV shows!” -Kato Haupeakui (FBI agent) “I worked with my aunt, who is a nurse, over the summer, and I learned how to properly carry patients out of ambulances.” -Chad Bolanos (nurse)
“I wanted to be a construction worker when I was a little kid.” -Raymond Lim (12)
“I wanted to be a little archeologist because of the movie Jurassic Park.” -Vinh Doan (11) “Cowboy” -Nate Jordan (11)
Timeline of Students’ Past Career Aspirations
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Since when did you want to be involved in financial marketing? I initially planned on going to law school, but after interning at a law firm in San Francisco for three summers during college, I real ized I was much more interested in numbers and managing money! at inspired you to think about pursuing this career path? ose to work for a professional fiduciary because it revolves around three things I LOVE: Money management and investing, Probate law and Senior Citizens! e you involved in any prerequisites? senior year in college I took two classes that I am now finding very helpful, folio Management and Accounting. cribe a typical work day. h over 40 clients, of all ages and different mental capacities, there is no such thing typical day in this business. My job title is an Account Manager, so each day I upposed review and reconcile bank statements and brokerage accounts and then I k on the court accountings. at is your ultimate occupational goal? s always been my goal to get my MBA. I plan to get my Fiduciary license and ner with my current employer. last thoughts? Poly’s infamous motto is “Learn By Doing,” and if I never tried different things, I er would have found what I am truly interested in and good at. I am very thankful I have a job where I wake up every morning and look forward to going to work:)
Since when did you want to be involved in international marketing? Ever since last year. What inspired you to think about pursuing this career? It was a self interest because I wanted the US to be a more globally secure relationship and I also wanted to make the world a better place. What are your expectations concerning this job? I expect to travel around the world, advertise, and help businesses grow as technologies advance. At what age do you expect to start working? Around when I graduate from college. I will probably
Since when did you want to become an engineer? Right after high school What inspired you to pursue the engineering path? ally liked math and science. ntrast your past expectations with current experiences. more paperwork than I thought I would be doing, and I also do t of investigation, trouble-shooting, and things like that. I help ntain one of the lines, so if there are any problems on the line, my is to find them and solve them. at is your favorite part of your job? nice thing about engineering is that every day is different; you er know what problem you’ll have to solve today. You get to see ething new every day. You also get to work with a lot of differpeople, ranging from finance to material planning to design to omer service. t piece of advice? d something you like, continue with that, and stick with it!
Since when did you want to be an engineer? This past summer, I visited my uncle Gary and saw his workshop and helped him build a few projects, which I found to be a lot of fun. The same summer, I went to ZAP at Stanford and, although the camp was about creative design thinking, I found myself solving problems with a more engineer tilt. Are you involved in any prerequisites? Two classes I’m taking this year are AP Physics and Engineering and Technology. What is your favorite aspect of this occupation? I really like the fact that I get to build things. What are your future steps to achieving this career goal? I really wanted to participate in this program called Engineering without Borders in college. Students go to third world countries to help build wells. I believe some students went to Haiti to build houses and infrastructure after the earthquake.
Since when did you want to be a bakery owner? I’ve always loved baking, but I didn’t really figure out that I wanted to own my own bakery until just a couple months ago when we first had to choose our careers this year. What inspired you to think about pursuing this career path? The Food Network! I’ve always loved making people happy, and just watching it happen on TV made it that much more obvious to me. What are your expectations about this job? Long hours, tough decisions, and a huge investment. An ideal work day would consist of me starting around 12-1 am to bake and ending at around 8 PM after all the customers leave to clean up. What is your favorite part about this job? Making people happy. It makes me feel good about myself knowing that what I made was enjoyable and that they are happy to spend money on it. Getting to see the look on their face when they receive that cake has a special feeling that nothing else can provide. It’s addicting. When do you expect to actually start working? I want to have a general education, attend culinary school, and then join a graduate program to pursue my business and entrepreneurship degree so I hope to start at around 30 years at the latest.
Since when did you want to go into the scientific field? Since junior or senior year in high school. What inspired you to think about this career? Taking AP Bio with Ms. Ward is what ultimately drove me to pursue biology (the sexy science, as she put it), and taking AP Calculus with Mr. Serrao encouraged the engineer within. Were you involved in any prerequisites? I’d worked in a few synthetic biology labs in college, and had taken lab classes in microfabrication and cell/tissue culture, so I already knew that I enjoyed working in a laboratory environment. What is a typical work day? A typical work day often involves running assays, feeding cells, collecting data, and taking pictures on the microscope. Also, there’s quite a bit of reading papers, data analysis/presentation, and every now and then engineering-related troubleshooting. What is your favorite aspect of your occupation? Aside from my morning espresso, it’s the innovation of my work that gets me out of bed in the mornings.
Since when did you want to be a scientist? About a year ago. What inspired you to think about this career? I took the Biotech 1-2 Class at SMHS and am currently taking the 3-4 class there. At Aragon, I am taking AP Bio this year. Both classes help me to understand science more “in-depth.” Are you involved in any prerequisites? I am hoping to become an intern for a biotech company this summer and an IR (independent research) student at SMHS. What is your favorite aspect of this occupation? There’s no right or wrong in labs, (usually right is better), and being wrong promotes the idea of learning and correcting my mistakes. At what age do you expect to actually start working? It’s ideal to start working around 30-35 (I’d like to take one or two years off from college).
What inspired you to think about this career? Trying it out was the biggest thing for me. I’m to tally a sports fan and I like playing sports. That was just a natural progression to into that type of field. Were you involved in any prerequisites? as part of this radio station in college, and I took some classes ommunications. hat were your expectations concerning this job and what is lity? lls aren’t as important. Contacts are important. scribe a typical work day. as a baseball broadcaster during summer. As a beginner, I had et up music, set up equipment, take notes, give coaches infortion. I kind of had to do everything. It’s different from Major ague or big college games. hat has Aragon done to help you achieve this career path? me, the thing that helped me a lot is was just talking to people talking about sports all the time. What helped the most is comnicating. It’s underrated, but very important. here is one thing that you can tell people abut Sports oadcasting, what advice would it be? e most important things are to build a good network, research at school you want to go to, and make sure they have a student ion. Don’t expect to make money for a few years. Don’t be ve. It’s a rocky road. But those people who stay there and stay used are genuinely good people. Be prepared to not make ney for a little bit of time. Do it because you love, not because u want to make money.
President of the nited States!” Sungjin Moon (12)
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What inspired you to own a bakery? Initially, I only wanted to be a cake decorator and a stay-at-home mom. Then, after I had my kidney removed, when I was told that it would be too risky to have more children, I started taking in foster children in addition to my one son. The foster children never had birthday cakes, which made me very sad because even though I grew up poor, my mother always made us a great cake. I decided to take a cake decorating class at the San Mateo Recreation Department, and soon enough, I began teach my own classes. I also made cakes for all my children’s friends’ birthday parties, and this got me in trouble with the San Mateo County, which stated that I needed to have a license from the Health Department. Eventually, a bakery called the Health Department and complained that I was making more cakes from home that it was, so I got a $500 fine. The only way to get out of it was by opening a bakery, and that I did. In 1976, I opened a bakery named Kathy’s Kreative Kakes What is the hardest part of your job? The hardest part of the business was paper work and bill paying. I wish I spent more time learning math in school! Any last thoughts? I have gotten to make cakes for all the 49ers ,Giants, Warriors, Shakira, Sienfeld, Alicia Keys, Good Morning America, Tom Brady, Barry Bonds, Journey, Frank Sinatra etc. But the best cakes are for my regular customers that come in year after year and cover all life celebrations, graduations, weddings, babies, and birthdays.
Since when did you want to be a journalist? I’ve wanted to be a journalist or at least do some type of work for National Geographic probably since I was around 7th or 8th grade. What inspired you to think about this career? My family travels a lot and traveling to different places, especially international, has become one of my most favorite things to do. I especially enjoy being in the nature and wilderness of these places and not the cities because I just find it a lot more interesting. Also, I’m really interested in the different cultures and different ways of international places and people, but not so much with politics, so National Geographic seemed to be a job that combined both of them and definitely seemed the most fun. What are your expectations concerning this job? At first I wouldn’t expect to have some of the cooler assignments, of course, but as I got to be a veteran worker I hope that I can constantly be traveling. A work day would hopefully consist of waking up fairly early in some international country, conducting research and exploration throughout the day, and writing up notes before going to bed at night. What is your favorite aspect of this occupation? My favorite aspect of this would definitely be the traveling part, because I love being away from home at cool new places, and I am also very interested in anything that is about international culture and nature. At what age do you expect to actually start working? I expect to go to college and graduate, and if they required any graduate work then I would of course complete that. So I hope to start working by age 25 or 26.
“I wanted to be a lawyer in middle school because I loved to argue.” -Haluk Muratoglu (12)
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Since when did you want to be a minister? Actually, I never wanted to be a minister. I had other aspira tions, ministry never being one of them. After graduating from Aragon in 1983 then Cal Poly in 1988, I became a computer/network engineer for Northern Telecom. In my second year, I had a dramatic encounter with the Lord. To make a long story short, as I was driving south on 101 to work in heavy morning traffic and near the Dumbarton exit, the Lord spoke to me, not audibly, but just as real. He said, “I want you to be my pastor.” After two commands, I could not deny the reality of His presence nor the gravity of His command. The next day, I quit my job to become a pastor. Were you involved in any prerequisites? The prerequisite to ministry was seminary. Seminary involved three years of graduate study; it prepared me to study the Bible objectively in context and challenged me to live a life of holiness. Describe a typical work day. A typical day includes study and preparation of a sermon or lesson in the morning, counseling or administrative work in the afternoon, and meeting in a small accountability group in the evening. What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part is serving Jesus, to know I am fulfilling His purpose for my life, to walk with Him and try to see people and situations through His eyes. What has Aragon done to help you achieve this career path? What I appreciated about Aragon was its cultural makeup and the education I received.
Since when did you want to be a motivational speaker? I thought of it back in 7th or 8th grade and then thought of it seriously around sophomore year. Are you involved in any prerequisites? I’m just trying to make sure I apply to enough schools and then see which school is the best fit. I’m interested when I see somebody do something like that in a book or movie. I analyze what they say and how they do it. What are your expectations for this job? I expect it to be really different. I would keep myself busy while still being different every day. It’s not just a sit-down job. Some days will be relaxed and some days will be crazy. What is the biggest motivator you have towards pursuing this job? I really want to help people. I’m really sensitive and I see the problems people have. The most influential person is Uncle Kip, my dad’s cousin. He’s a professor and also a speaker. At what age do you expect to actually start working? I expect to start working at around 25 years old.
“A dancer.” -Marie Mihara “A singer b ecause (10) singing
has always bee n one of my pass ions.” -Kirsty Mc Burnie (12)
“A dolphin trainer because it seemed like so much fun!” -Keaton Gee (11)
“Graphic novelist.” -Olivia Chan (10)
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