The San Marcos Promise hosts Connect 2 Careers

Students had the opportunity to talk to professionals in a variety of different fields


Photo by Amanda Yantzer

Mission Hills and San Marcos high school students pose outside the Connect 2 Careers event.

Story by Isabel Ner, Features Editor

   Donned in casual business attire, 36 students ate a fantastic meal catered by the Mission Hills culinary program, and shook hands with professionals in fields ranging from interior design to a GOP representative. This entire event was sponsored by the San Marcos Promise called Connect 2 Careers.

   “There’s a lot of pressure on high school students to pick one career that is perfect for them; their passion, something they’re going to be happy with for life. But most adults I know don’t actually have that career path. They have changed career fields, they’ve tried different jobs, they’ve wound up in places they never expected themselves to be in, and I hoped that students would’ve gotten the opportunity to talk to people who lived it, and who have had those drastic career changes, and they’re happy,” said San Marcos Promise Education Coordinator Amanda Yantzer. 

   Space was limited, so students signed up quickly to reserve their spot in this event. They were all given a name tag which dictated where they would be seated in both of two rounds. One could be seated next to a professional in a field that they were interested in pursuing; or, they could be next to a person working a job that they’ve never even heard of. Regardless, all of these adults had valuable information to share about the harsh reality of finding a job, and how to navigate it. 

   Business cards were traded, and names were exchanged during the two hour event. Everyone had a unique story to tell or advice to teach, but the main theme of the luncheon was this; progression in one’s field isn’t always linear. There will be ups and downs, but ultimately, you’ll find your path. 

   “I wish that students knew how long life is. Like, adulthood? People change their minds left and right, and it’s okay to do that in the workforce; nobody punishes you for changing careers. So I wish that they knew that you don’t have to choose. It’s just which one you are going to do first,” said Yantzer. 

   Finding and choosing the perfect career for you is daunting, especially if high school graduation and college application deadlines loom ahead. But ultimately, when in doubt, the Future Center will have all Grizzlies’ backs, connecting them to careers and events that will hopefully be the one for the rest of their life.