More than 20 alumni of The Summit Country Day School returned to their alma mater on Oct. 11 to discuss their careers with students in grades nine through 12, while offering a little professional advice.
The program was broken down into three sessions in which students were assigned speakers based on their career interests. Speakers were encouraged to talk about their time as a student at The Summit, explain their career path, what they do in their profession and offer advice on making the most of their high school and college experiences for a successful career. Speakers answered students’ questions about jobs, doing well in an interview and how to begin investing and saving money.
Alumni painted a picture of the variety of fields students could pursue in the future. Professionals in law, nursing, medicine, marketing, business, finance, data analysis, science research and nonprofits shared personal stories that provided an insight into their careers and what impacted their professional decisions.
Amanda Wood, The Summit’s alumni engagement and gifts officer, spearheaded the program to provide current students with tools for success straight from the people who once sat in their seats.
“The Summit alumni network is a tremendously valuable asset to our students. We have incredibly talented graduates all over the world that are passionate and committed to the success of their alma mater,” Ms. Wood said. “They are eager to provide advice, mentorship opportunities and overall support for the students that walk the halls today. It’s our goal to nourish that spirit and create more opportunities for meaningful interactions between both groups.”