Board President Provides Words of Wisdom

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Board of Education President Dr. Thomas McDonagh visited students in Harborfields High School’s Career Awareness class on Oct. 28. During his visit, Dr. McDonagh shared his professional career experiences and offered advice for students in the process of selecting a career path after high school.

As a feature of the Work Based Learning Program, guest speakers discuss their current occupations and the path they took to achieve their desired career with students. During his visit, Dr. McDonagh spoke about his personal ambitions to become a physician at a young age, driven by his passion to help people. Dr. McDonagh also spoke about the educational steps and work experience he needed to successfully become a practicing physician.

For the second half of the class period, Dr. McDonagh welcomed questions about the medical field and his personal position as a physician. He encouraged students to find a role model to aspire to and let their passion guide themthrough their career decision process.

“Students should start thinking about a career path as early as high school,” Dr. McDonagh said. “Through this program, students are exposed to people in different careers, which could spark an interest they never thought of before or confirm a decided career path.”