On Wednesday, March 6, St. Mark's hosted its sixth annual Career Day. The event, involving both on- and- off-campus experiences, was a tremendous success. More than 50 adults—alumni, past and present parents, and friends of St. Mark's—either visited campus to lead workshops and presentations or hosted St. Markers at their places of work.
Students in Forms III and IV remained on campus for opportunities to learn about different careers and job skills from both traditional and non-traditional career professionals. This year, on-campus presentations and workshops included experts in business and entrepreneurship, technology, marketing and communication, cyberspace operations/intelligence collecting, website development, finance, photography, investment banking, startups, life design, branding and advertising, online journalism, voice over work, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, various fields of medicine and health care ((cardiology, pediatrics, pediatric brain cancer, histology, oncology, veterinary medicine, acupuncture, and more), and oyster farming. Other workshops included "Workers of the Future," "Diversity in the Workplace," and "How to Survive After Graduation."
Off-campus job-shadowing allowed some V and VI Formers to gain first-hand knowledge about being a professional in a variety of industries and fields. Off-campus job-shadowing opportunities this year involved marketing, technology, sports, education, architecture, industry, science, printing, the law, hospitality, politics, investment banking, sales, engineering, medicine, and much more!
Job shadowing opportunities took place at ADK Group, Akamai Technologies, Alpha Youth Sports Angier Elementary School in Newton, ARC/Architectural Resources, Bose Corporation, Boston Scientific, Cimpress, Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Dudley Elementary School, Floral Street School in Shrewsbury, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Hawthorn Medical Associates, iCounsel, Johnson & Johnson/DePuy Synthes, Marriott International, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts State House, MathWorks, MFS Investment Management, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, The Official Red Sox Team Store, Sanofi Genzyme, TJX, and the U.S. District Court in Boston.
St. Mark's Career Day is unique among independent boarding schools in the breadth of its opportunities and the depth of its coverage. The success of the program depends on adult volunteers—alumni, parents, and friends of the School—who host students off-campus in their places of work or participate in workshops and on career panels for students on-campus.
Alumni on-campus were Jessica Abreu '08 (marketing manager at Hometown Health), Ibrahim Ayub '10 (management consultant and specialist in life design), Jenna Vos '07 (campaign manager for Revenue River), John Clapp '10 (farm manager at Glidden Point Oyster Farms), Jim Cotter '83 (managing director at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey), Lindsey Avery Fitzsimons '06 (instructor of gross anatomy and histology at UMaine/University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine), Meg Giblin '12 (clinical research coordinator in pediatric radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital), Elaine Harvey '06 (assistant director for development and communications at Wellesley College), Luke Chiasson '15 (athletics communications assistant at Wellesley College), Stephen Hodi '84 (director of the melanoma center for immune-oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Roger Hunt '04 (founder of Found Something and partner at Quantum Venture Partners), Jessie Mulvey '13 (customer success manager at Forrester Research), Victoria Shea '13 (operations manager at Crowd Lending Inc), Jim Tessmer '82 (vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman), Ralph Vogel '86 (managing director, Coppermine Capital), Alex Ward '08 (Pentagon reporter at Vox), and Maura Webster '95 (Founder, CEO, and chief strategist, LillaBlu Strategies LLC).
Off-campus alumni facilitators included Heather McCormack '06 (ADK marketing director), Katrina Schmitt '10 (technology educator), Eric Anderson '92 (director of senior fellowship and Voices in Leadership series at Harvard School of Public Health), Joao De Oliveiro '05 (Johnson & Johnson), and Katie Fink '00 (VP, Digital Experience).
Past and current parents participating, both on and off campus, were Lawrence Bloch (president, Infinity Pharmaceuticals), Peter Butterfield (general counsel and chief compliance officer at Flywire), Pam Chiasson (owner, Restorative Touch Massage Studio), Jim Cotter '83, Catherine Hunter Gould (voice-over artist, Hunter Voice), John Griffin (associate professor at the Naval War College), Deb Halstead (acupuncturist at Wellsprings Integrative Health), Sharon Weil Hornstein (photographer and owner, Sand Dollar Images), Dr. Helene Keyzer (retired pediatrician), Theo Meyer (director of heart failure wellness at UMass Memorial Medical Center), Michael Mosse (managing director, Risk Strategies), Brian Mulcahy (category director of wellness at Bose Corporation), Richard Ramirez (strategy and co-COO at Working Nation), John LaMalva (founder, Alpha Youth Sports), Alfred Von Campe (software and tools engineer and Linux administrator, Bose Corporation), Troy Lengel (group marketing director at Boston Scientific), Don LeBlanc (EVP and president at Vistaprint/Cimpress Waltham), Michael Pellini (principal and general counsel at iCounsel), David Giblin (VP Marriott International), Jason Qu (cardiac anesthesiologist at Mass General), Shannoin Tran (MathWorks), Michael Dawson (MFS Investment), Mark Winters (executive managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Anita D'Angelo (co-owner The Official Red Sox Team store), and Amy Frederick (scientist at Genzyme).
A number of other professionals, friends of the School, also took part in providing Career Day opportunities for St. Markers. Off-campus: Anupria Verma (senior quality assurance engineer at Akamai Technologies), Robert Nixon MD (general surgeon at Hawthorn Medical Associates, Erica Greenberg MD (director of pediatric psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital), Elizabeth Walk (legislative e aid e (for Rep. Carolyn Dykema at Massachusetts State House), and Allison Burroughs (Judge, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts) all hosted students off-campus. On campus were Dani Cimino (Crossroads Mobile Vet), Christa Preston (executive director and founder of Embrace Kulture), and Melissa Roiter (owner, Yummy Mummy Bakery).
After lunch, interested St. Markers interacted and conversed directly with various presenters and specialists at stations throughout the Center.
Students responded positively to the Career Day opportunities.
On campus, St. Markers were actively involved and engaged. Logan Matthews '22 found the BioTech workshop "Fascinating;" especially "learning how you can use a mouse genome to better understand the human genome." Nashua Poreda '22 like Diversity in the Workplace. "We had great conversations," she said. "It was very interactive and pretty interesting."
Eduaniel Reinoso, a IV Former from Hartford, CT, found The Art of the Voice Over "most interesting." He also noted that "I learned a lot from the Workers of the Future workshop. It was eye-opening and intense."
Off-campus, Matt Hart, a VI Former from New Hampshire, spent his day behind the scenes at the Official Red Sox Team Store. "My experience was amazing," he said. "I was able to meet with their inventory managers to understand the economics behind each purchase. Seeing them use past data to predict how much apparel they will need in each size and when they believe they will sell it by was fascinating. I worked at a startup company over the summer and being at Fenway for Career Day bettered my understanding of how large companies use near identical marketing strategies as smaller ones."
Those St. Markers visiting the Bose Corporation (see related story on SM website) also were pleased with what they saw and learned. "I enjoyed being able to see not just the developmental process, but also their prototypes and ideas for the future," said CJ Schumaker '19. Nathan Laudani '19 added: "It was super-interesting to see how products advance through different stages of development."
"I enjoyed exploring the various careers Bose had to offer," said Steven Sinchi '19. "I came in unsure of what engineering disciplines I was most interested in, but I left with a sense of curiosity toward mechanical and/or acoustics engineering. I made some great connections today with professionals who were not only knowledgeable, but kind as well."
"It was incredible to converse with such intelligent people and to witness the behind-the-scenes actions of so many different job roles within the company," added Gunnar Vachris '19. "The Bose employees gave great advice, not only in pursuing a Bose-related career, but any career."
Other students found that time spent at hospitals, businesses, and the courts were eye-opening and enlightening.
Many St. Mark's Career Day hosts and presenters do offer internships for interested students.
John Camp, associate director of the School's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning organizes and facilitates Career Day. Those interested in volunteering or in offering internship opportunities for St. Mark's students should contact Mr. Camp (508-786-6159 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Kudos to Mr. Camp; to Director of Auxiliary Programs Lori Karlsson; Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs Emily Michelson; the St. Mark's Advancement Office; and so many others for making another successful Career Day a reality.