Susan Stalte always worked hard while going to school. Motivated to avoid school debt, she accumulated degrees and experience that have held her in good stead. She showed foresight, made her luck, and worked her way into her ideal job.
Seasoned professionals share their career story from childhood to their current job.
How did seasoned professionals become so successful? Read the following interviews with professionals who have shared their journey from childhood to their current job. What and who influenced them? What were some of the hard choices they had to make? What advice do they have for people starting or mid career? Read on.
Funny how little experiences in childhood can ignite a career! For Roxana Ehsani, it was cooking activities and playing sports in her neighborhood and school. Growing up around a lot of other children because her mother ran a childcare center in her home, and the neighborhood was teaming with kids, her days were full of creative play, healthy snacks, and lots of outdoor physical activity.
Reflecting back on how she became interested in nutrition, Dr. Pam Koch, daughter of a wonderful Italian cook, remembers fondly that food was a central part of her childhood. Though an extremely picky eater, she recalls her mother making delicious meals for the family, with lots of pasta, meatball, homemade manicotti and always vegetables.
Stacey Snelling grew up in Meriden, Connecticut in the 60’s in a household that was typical of the time. The women’s movement was strong and starting to make inroads for women and girls, but households were still organized around a working father, a mother homemaker and children weren’t the center of attention. Attention to the role food and physical
Carol Beier grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, a small town formed by settlers in the 1850s and named for the New York financiers of a group of settlers coming from Ohio. She met her husband while they were both studying at Kansas State University. Her degree was in biology, his in mechanical engineering.
Imagine the amount of food needed to feed a family of 5 children! Good thing that Judy Dowd’s mother was a fun and fabulous cook, and while it was an obligation to help, Ms. Dowd loved cooking with her mother. “I knew I belonged in a field that involved cooking, food and healthcare, and I have always wanted to help people,” Ms. Dowd said in a recent conversation about her life and career.
Professor Sarah Ash grew up in Connecticut, the child of two academics in psychology who filled their house with interesting people and ideas. Though she didn’t start out intending to be a professor herself, the lifestyle and intellectual rigor has made for a fulfilling career. She pursued a major in biology, but
From landscape designer to restaurant manager, William Watts wove an interlocking journey in a career that he loved for 37 years. Growing up in New Jersey, William spent a lot of time with his grandmother cooking and gardening. “I loved cooking and gardening with her,” he said in a recent interview.