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Meet a Senior Human Resource Analyst: Susan May

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… Susan May

A graduate of … Clearfield High School

Now working as … Senior Human Resource Analyst, conducting job recruitment, classification, and helping employees with benefits, retirement, payroll issues, etc.

Employer … State of Utah

Check out this website … http://www.dhrm.utah.gov

Business courses were her favorite in high school because … she learned “how to write professional letters, reports, etc. This background has helped me as I have progressed in my career.

Susan’s first job … was as a fast food worker.

The worst job?  Hotel Maid, but that experience motivated her to pursue the training/education that was needed so that she could take care of herself without having to take this type of job again.

A Career Highlight … The most rewarding facet of Susan’s job is helping other people. One of the people she recently assisted called Susan her “angel” because she played such a critical role in assuring a smooth transition to retirement.

Advice to students: “I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and have been very fortunate to have ‘fallen’ into the Human Resource field. I have been able to really learn and grow and use my talents. My advice would be that once you know what it is you want to do, don’t let anything stand in your way. Get whatever education and training you will need to be able to accomplish your goals.

More …

  • RE: Susan’s first professional job working in the LDS Church Historical Department. “I was able to be mentored by individuals with college educations and it was a wonderful experience.”
  • Susan’s post high school education: I have been fortunate enough to be able to receive most of my training on the job. I originally was hired by the state as a secretary. I have taken the opportunity to learn and grow in each position that I have held.”
  • An example of Susan’s impact on the lives of others: I helped a woman with her retirement a year ago. Her husband was being treated for cancer and she didn’t know how long he had left. She agonized over what to do. I went over all of her options, including taking family medical leave, and she finally came to the decision that she really needed to concentrate on taking care of him, so I helped her through the retirement process. I felt very grateful that I was able to contribute in some small way.

Meet a Business Owner: Lanette Fidrych

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… Lanette Fidrych

A graduate of … Granite High School

Now working as … A Business Owner

Of … Cycle Dog Products

Check out this website … www.cycledog.com

Geometry was her favorite high school class because … she says she is a very visual learner, and Geometric formulas are very visual – so she excelled!

College Athletics was Lanette’s most significant post high school education/training experience. Participating in college track for four years taught her a lot about perseverance, accomplishment and defeat. She says, “Sometimes the definition of winning is simply not quitting.”

Lanette’s first job – was working as a morning water girl at a garden center – at age 14!

The worst job?  After graduating from college, Lanette worked as a product manager for a large sportswear manufacturing company. Sadly, she discovered that a bad supervisor can turn a job into the “worst.”

A career highlight … Lanette started her own business at just age 26 and reports learning on the go – and quickly! She says that in the first three years of running her own business she “learned more than I could have learned in 20 years at my [former] fancy job.”

Advice to students … “Take risks. Try a lot of different things. Let yourself be young for a little while. Travel. Be open to any and every opportunity. Look at every challenge as an opportunity to learn something new.

And more …

  • About Geometry: Geometry has a strong relationship with design. Symmetry and A-Symmetry have a lot to do with why we like the look of some things and not others. I’ve always been fascinated by angles and how equations relate to one another.
  • The connection between college athletics and running a business: Having my own business, now I often relate to the challenges, defeat, and wins I experienced in sports. Sometimes the constant hard work and effort it takes to just finish the job can be trying, but if you stick to it you’ll eventually get a few wins.
  • Insights re: her (self-described) “fancy” job in a big corporation: “Looking back on the experience I learned that raising your hand and asking for help is a good thing. I learned that asking for direction and setting expectations between you, your boss, and your boss’ boss can make all the difference. I learned that getting the right people on your side is very important. Unfortunately the saying “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know” is true.

 

 

Meet an International Rate Specialist: John Millsaps

Friday, February 10th, 2012

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… John Millsaps

A graduate of … Skyline High School

Now working as … An International Rate Specialist

For … Christopherson Business Travel

Check out this website … http://www.christophersontravel.com

Anthropology was his favorite high school class because … of a great teacher who awakened curiosity about the people and the cultures of the entire world.

John’s first job – was delivering newspapers, and he says he learned a lot, being responsible for attracting new clients, reliable delivery, and collection of payments.

The worst job? Car Salesperson. This was a job that paid strict commission, and presented some challenges as John worked to maintain his personal integrity in spite of some existing business cultural norms.

Advice to students …Follow your passions and dreams, yet have a back-up plan, just in case.  That means getting a good education and then continuing to learn throughout life.”

And More …

Highlights:

  • “I have a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Utah. I worked in the field for several years and got to work at Petra Jordon, Aleppo Syria, and a number of sites in the USA. It wasn’t a job that paid well or that was steady so when I needed to get a stable job I looked around and found a career that would allow me to explore and travel the world.”
  • “I have traveled to 6 out of the 7 continents and visited over 100 countries and all 50 states and been on multiple cruises.”

Meet a Chief Financial Officer: Kevin Hadlock

Monday, February 6th, 2012

PERSONAL CAREER BRIEF

Introducing… Kevin W. Hadlock

A graduate of … Madison High School (Rexburg, ID)

Now working as … Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

For … Questar Corporation, where he is a member of the Management Committee, with responsibility for the accounting, treasury, investor relations, tax, and corporate financial planning and strategy functions.

Check out the website … http://www.questar.com

Debate was his favorite high school class because … “It taught me how to listen to others more intently, to think about the issues more critically and to articulate my thoughts more convincingly.”

Kevin says that his first job – that is, the first “real job” he landed after graduating from Brigham Young University – was as an analyst at a Wall Street Firm.

The worst job?  As a teen, Kevin worked moving irrigation pipe on a farm, where it occurred to him as he watched the sun rise over the field, that “I did not want to move sprinkler pipe the rest of my life!”

A career highlight?  “Leading a team of 15 people to acquire a South African automobile manufacturer for $150 million.”

Advice to students … “The most important characteristics in determining future job success are integrity, intellectual curiosity and hard work.”

And more …

  • Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” 
  • “Dream big!”
  • “Study a subject in college that you enjoy and that can lead to employment. There are plenty of tools to help you identify careers that you will enjoy and for which you would have a proficiency, but couple that with the knowledge of which fields are growing and which have the greatest needs for new employees.

Digital Business Applications Course

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By: Laura deShazo, Business Teacher, Murray High School

In our ever changing technological world, Business Education in Utah is stepping up. The Administrative Procedures course has received a “facelift” and will now be called Digital Business Applications! The content of the course is digitally enhanced and is a great step after students take Computer Technology. The class is designed to teach students skills and knowledge through the use of digital communications tools and explore the global business applications.

The business world is progressively more reliant on digital technologies. The Digital Business Applications course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow. Concepts include the overall digital experience, digital communications with audio and video, and the exploration of career choices. This course also provides an understanding of business concepts and professional development in today’s global office.

 

In an effort to prepare Utah Business teachers for the course, training was held on Monday, November 7. Teachers from all over the state came to learn about the content and standards of this course. The main focus was to explore the possibility of offering this course in their schools and to gain ideas on how to set up their new class. Teachers learned that using cloud technology to set up collaborative calendars, share files, and organize lessons is a productive way to manage the class. The instructors covered ways to go paperless in their classroom via cloud computing! With the nature of the course, technology is always changing; we anticipate that there will be more workshops offered in the future to help Business Educators advance their knowledge in this content area.

The workshop was fun and a great way to get up-to-date “digitally” with other Business Educators. Thanks to everyone who supported the training and who participated!

Students interested in taking the Digital Business Applications course should talk to their school counselor as they map out their plan for college and career. Concentrating in a Business Education Pathway will give students a jump-start to their future career in business.

Business Education: Preparing Students for the World of Business!

Welcome to FBLA!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

BY: JOEL GARDNER, UTAH FBLA STATE PRESIDENT

Welcome to Utah FBLA! I am extremely honored and excited to serve as the FBLA state president. I hope you are as eager as I am to jump right into another year of service, education, and progress.

During the summer the state officer team worked diligently to create a new state program of work. Not only has the design of the program of work been changed from “Millionaire” to “FBLA-OPOLY,” but every activity has been examined carefully to judge its difficulty, its practicality, and its overall benefit. The state officer team enthusiastically supports the program in its entirety and hopes that you will see it as a valuable source of guidance and inspiration for your chapter as you plan activities for the year.

On October 25 and 26 the FBLA State Fall Leadership Conference was held at the Provo Marriott. Members who attended this annual event heard from Brad Wilcox, the keynote speaker. Participants attended a variety of breakout sessions presented by the FBLA state officers and local business professionals. Attendees learned about the importance of communication, leadership, and time management.

Because the state officers feel passionately about communication and the way it fosters efficiency, we are readily available via email and social media. Please feel free to contact us at any time about any issues, comments, or suggestions on what we can do to improve Utah FBLA. We also encourage every member to ‘like’ the Utah FBLA and National FBLA Facebook pages so they can receive updates about FBLA and reminders about upcoming activities. Utah FBLA has so much potential for growth this year. Please know that your FBLA state officers will stop at nothing to reach that potential and help every member discover their Gateway to Greatness!

If you are not a member of FBLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FBLA advisor in your school.

Utah Students Advance in Business Education

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

 

UtahCTE.org congratulates the following students who received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Each student proved that he/she has the academic knowledge, technical skills, and drive to advance his/her education beyond high school in Business Education. This scholarship award will give each student a jump-start for his/her postsecondary training and open many doors of opportunity, now and in the future. Upon graduation from high school each student now advances to a Utah postsecondary institution to study and train for a career in business.

Jazzel Hall

“After obtaining an associate degree I will go back to the Philippines and I will open up my own small Asian restaurant in Manila. High school helped me to start accomplishing my goals and supported me in my career. I know that by practicing all the skills I’ve learned in my CTE classes I will be a successful business owner.”
Jazzel Hall, Hillcrest High School

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Jones

“I have a great love for business from actively working in the field, from many years in FBLA, and from the business classes I have taken. I have taken many CTE classes that are oriented towards the Business Pathway and I plan to pursue a career in business. After I graduate in Business Management I plan to enter the workforce and start my own company.”
Jacob Jones, Wasatch High School  

 

 

 

Jessica Katwyk

“After I have earned my business degree, I plan to use the knowledge I have gained in college, plus continuing education in order to help me become a successful business owner. The Business Management [Pathway] has helped me realize what is important in my life.”
Jessica Katwyk, Bingham High School         

 

 

 

            

“The career and technical field I have chosen to study is Business Management. This is a career that I feel I will enjoy and be successful in. After I have completed my AAS degree I would like to work for a company and get experience in my degree, in order to be successful in the business field.”
Janet Munoz, Wasatch High School                                      

 

Lakota Preece

“CTE Pathways has impacted me in ways I cannot even begin to explain. The Pathway I chose to follow was the Business Management Pathway. This helped me decide which classes to take that would help me in the future and in obtaining my goal. Because of that one meeting with my [school] counselor and choosing a Pathway, I now have a plan and many goals to go along with it.”
Lakota Preece, Morgan High School                                     

 

 

“After receiving my AAS degree [in business] I would like to seek employment with a reputable company in the renewable energy field. I have had the opportunity to help my father in the initial stages of renewable energy project development and would like to continue employment in the field. I have taken many [CTE] business classes at Wasatch High School to help me prepare for my career.”
Michael Rhees, Wasatch High School 

                            

Would you describe yourself as efficient, well organized, systematic, and responsible? Are you good at paying attention to detail, using computer programs, working with numbers, and following instructions? Do you like to create spreadsheets, keep business records, and work in a well-structured environment? If you answered yes, then a career in one of the five Business Pathways may be perfect for you. CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

Accounting and Finance Pathway

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Have you heard of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Accounting and Finance Pathway? If you are interested in business, like working with numbers, and are detailed oriented this CTE Career Pathway is one to check out.

Salt Lake City was recently recognized as “a key financial locale” by eFinancialCareers.com. Goldman Sachs, a “Wall Street powerhouse,” and the Royal Bank of Scotland are expanding their offices to Salt Lake City. David Lang, Managing Director for Goldman Sachs said that, “Utah has a robust business environment and infrastructure. . .The strong talent pool is a validation of our growth here.”

Read the article titled “Unexpected Wall Street” to learn more about Salt Lake City being recognized as one of the three key U.S. metro areas for finance. “Salt Lake City may be some distance from Wall Street, but more and more financial markets professionals are calling it home.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics approximately 48,000 residents in Salt Lake City work in the area of financial services. In Utah, financial specialists occupations are projected to increase 3 percent through the year 2018.

Megan Jensen

Megan Jensen, a student at Piute High School, is on the path to a successful and fulfilling career in accounting. “I started taking CTE classes in 7th grade. I found that I really liked the business and computer classes. As I got into high school, I kept taking classes like accounting, computer tech., web design, word processing, and business communications. I also joined FBLA when I was a freshman, which has helped me to further my business leadership skills. Taking these courses and joining FBLA has helped me to decide that I want [a career in] Accounting and Business Management.”

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options in the Accounting and Finance Pathway log on to UtahFutures.org. Get started!

CTE Business Pathways; get started!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Did you know that Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers five Business Education Career Pathways to help students get started with education and careers beyond high school? By following one of the five Business Pathways students will become college and career ready. From Accounting and Finance, Administrative Support, and Technology Support, to Entrepreneurship, and Business Management, this Area of Study gives students many kinds of opportunities to acquire job skills and to get a head start in selected college preparation, too. As Business Student Jesus Jiron can attest, learning how to work with other people in an office situation is a critical skill in today’s workplace.

Brandon Buchanan

Business Education students are encouraged to participate in FBLA – “Future Business Leaders of America” – that can further enhance their leadership and community involvement. Brandon Buchanan, a senior at Viewmont High School has been very active in participating in FBLA and DECA. “I held VP position in FBLA Soph. and Jr. Years, and currently hold the position of President this year. I have placed both years at state in various events. I am currently VP of DECA, and have already participated in a competitive event, involving a promotional campaign for the Dew Tour event in Salt Lake City, that resulted in a position to attend the DECA National Leadership Conference in Florida.” Brandon is president of the school store at Viewmont High School, where he handles everything from operations, management, to the financials of the store. “For me, education gives me the basis to experience business in the real world.”

Training and education beyond high school is important for success in a career in Business. Whether students choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on his or her career path.

To discover some of the occupations associated with the Career Pathways in Business, check out the Career Chart, and get started!