Career Key

Author: Career Key's President and CEO, Juliet Wehr Jones, GCDF, J.D.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lobsters, Chefs, and Career Exploration

I just read an inspiring career exploration story about a would be chef and high school senior, Chelsea Ciomei, who lives on Deer Isle in mid-coast Maine. According to a story in the local newspaper, the Island Ad-Vantages, she helped organize student volunteers to prepare and serve a “top chef” fund raising dinner for the Island Culinary and Ecological Center (ICEC). Several very high profile chefs donated their time to this event.

ICEC’s “long term goal is to provide culinary and ecological education and training that will lead to job opportunities for Island young people, and open up new resources for adults.”

My family and I have been “summer people” on Deer Isle since the mid 1980s. It is a spectacularly beautiful place but with limited career opportunities. (Here’s a plug: please buy Maine lobster! It tastes so much better than other type of lobster - no offense to our Caribbean friends) So it takes a lot of initiative and creativity to explore careers on or close to the Island.

We can learn from and be inspired by others' creativity in combining their career interests with volunteer work for a good cause. With whom can you volunteer to learn more about a career that interests you?

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