Lunch & Learn Series: Follow your natural abilities

Steve Friess, JHCA co-founder and chess instructor, came to speak to our high school students during this month’s Lunch & Learn, a time for students to hear the career stories of academy parents and ask questions.

“A lot more has happened for you than you think in your education so far,” Mr. Friess said in his opening remarks. “You’ve learned the ideas of order, self-discipline, and time management skills.”
Mr. Friess walked students through his own educational experience of attending public and private schools, navigating the college admissions process, and settling on a career path. He encouraged students to pursue a college major based on their innate interests and abilities. 

“You hear people say ‘follow your dream.’ Instead of following your dream, I say go towards a field that clicks with what you have identified as your abilities,” he said. 

He also touched on various jobs he had during high school and college that were beneficial to his career development such as working in sales and for his father’s rapidly-growing investment company.

“Sales jobs are very important to get as a first job. You learn little things from sales that are helpful throughout the rest of your life. No matter what you’re doing, you have to sell your ideas and eventually sell yourself as the best one for a job,” he said.

Finally, Mr. Friess gave his own personal recommendation of a degree that he believes will be useful no matter what industry students go into. “The most beneficial degree to get right now is some kind of an engineering degree. No matter what field you go into, having that knowledge and being able to converse with people about those principles is going to help you.”

We are looking forward to future Lunch & Learns. Are you interested in speaking to our students about your career? Contact Curriculum & Accreditation Coordinator, Monica Vitale!

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