Here’s a free piece of advice: If you’re about to launch any sort of program for kids, make sure all the kinks are worked out first.
I wish my high school had done that when I was asked, haha! “Asked,” no sir, I was drafted into something called Career Beginnings. How or why I was chosen for this program remains a mystery to this day. When they called me to the principal’s office to tell me I’d been chosen for Career Beginnings, I thought I was in trouble.
The principal and the teachers running Career Beginnings told us that the goal of this new program was to partner us with a local business for a couple of reasons. One, so we could learn about the business side of whatever we were taking at the vocational school (architecture in my case). And two, the business we were paired up with would give us an internship all senior year up until we left for college.
One of the kids asked if we had a choice on any of this, and one of the teachers said “no.” But for the rest of us, Career Beginnings sounded like it could be beneficial. Plus again, we really didn’t have a choice. To bad the people running this program were incompetent. Here’s what I mean:
They took us to on a tour Massasoit Community College. One of the teachers drove a school van to get us all there, and got lost on the way there. After the tour we walked back to the van, only to discover the teacher had left the keys in the ignition. It took almost two hours to get another van to come pick us up.
When it came time to pair up with a business, the teachers decided I would be paired up with a local Toyota dealership. I asked them why, they answered “Why not? It’s a very good placement, and you get to learn about the car business.” To this I shouted “Then why the hell have I been learning architecture for the last 3+ years!?!”
Right before Christmas they took us to Curry College for a computer and internet seminar for seniors. We went into one of the computer labs and so each of us would have a computer to follow along. This is where the Curry professor decided to tell us (I kid you not) that the big screen in front of us was called a monitor, and the funny looking thing beside it was called a mouse.
And finally, there was the time when we got stuck in traffic, and one of the Career Beginnings thought it would be a good idea to have a sing-a-long.