How did you choose your career? In my first grade classroom we have been talking about careers and what we want to be when we grow up. For some people, like myself, it takes some life experiences to figure that out. I recently visited the leader in workforce management solutions, Kronos, and watched a few of their latest American Worker Videos. This series celebrates the American Workforce and allows us to get a glimpse into the personal stories of people who work jobs that we all come to rely upon but may not be recognized as much as they should. Take Mike Perez, the Sous Chef, Hearty Boys Catering in Chicago.
Mike’s job is essential, without him the catering business he works for wouldn’t be able to get food read for important events. He preps the food by cutting, prepping, slicing and dicing and helps the chef with everything required to cater an event. This 44 year old didn’t start out with a career in the culinary arts. Cooking turned Mike’s life around. He made some bad choices that landed him prison, but he found work in the kitchen, which was a sort of therapy while he was in jail. After his release in May 2006, he decided he wanted to continue cooking.
Here is his story:
You can watch this story and more of the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series videos on Kronos’ website. Each one has been inspiring, especially the video featuring teacher Isheba Barker.
It took me awhile to realize I really wanted to be a teacher. I changed my major a few times in college and then one day I just knew that I wanted to be an educator. I really resonated with Isheba Barker when she talked about how she didn’t realize how much energy it takes to be a teacher. I work well over 40 hours a week and having that kind of energy is very difficult. The video showcases the job of a teacher extremely accurately and I believe gives the view an invite to teaching that they may not have seen otherwise. I can not tell you how many times I have heard people say, “Oh, your just a teacher?” Seriously, being a teacher is way more than just teaching kids to read, write and do math. I am hoping that people will stop and think about these amazing workers and how they benefit our country.
I can’t wait to watch more videos in the series. Each time I sit down and watch one of the short (3-5 minute) videos I get a new perspective about jobs that I hadn’t thought about before. It has given me a new appreciation for our workplace.
I hope you join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #1in100MM and watch some of the inspiring videos in the “1 in one hundred million” Web Series.