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1. What profession did you choose? Why? 2.How many years of college did you need to go through? 3.What jobs did you work before you landed your present professional job? 4.How can I decide if I should earn a Ph.D. in this field? 5.Were you in a college program? 6.Did you have to pivot and go back to school at a later date? 7.Did you shadow another professional in the field? 8.Did you join any school clubs related to your current profession? 9.Was there a particular subject you struggled with during your school years? 10.What skill sets did you learn or gain while pursuing your career? 11. Have you ever taught anyone any skills that you learned?? 12. What do you look for in a player? 13. What's your favorite part of this career?

Hello! My name is Avimael and I am a current high school student. I'm conducting an interview with any professional in the Coaches and Scouts field for a Foundations in Health Science Class project about careers! I have created a total of 13 questions.

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Hello Avimael!

I am happy to answer your interview questions!

1. I chose to work in education as an administrator (Student Life Manager/Mentor) because of my ability to impact my teammates (other staff) and students of all ages! Working at an institution is environment that allows everyone to grow. I get to come to work and make people feel good about themselves, accomplished and safe!

2. I did fours years of schooling at New Mexico State (Kinesiology) and two years at University of the Southwest (MBA in Sports Management & Rec).

3. Before becoming an administrator, I worked many jobs! Working in restaurants. Retail. Coaching football and basketball. Events. The list goes on! Working in different industries taught me how to work with different people of all ages in different settings.

4. Obtaining a PHD takes a strong commitment! Years of additional school. But with the right mindset and discipline, a PHD will benefit you in so many ways. It depends if you want to be an expert in your field. Or if you’re looking to make a difference in your field; or impact generations to come.

5. Yes, I was in several programs. Each program will teach you something about yourself.

6. After I finished my four year program, I took two years off of school before going and completing my master degree.

7. I shadowed multiple people along the way. It is best to observe all of those who cross your path in the workplace; including those at school.

8. Clubs are great! They are a must if you want to be engaged with like minded people. Lots of volunteer opportunities and networking. I was in a kinesiology club, and intramural sports club!

9. I always struggled in Math. We all struggle in different areas. But consistency, discipline, and perseverance will get you through to the next level.

10/11. I learned many skilled. Public speaking-speaking in front of large groups. I learned how manage large groups-coordinate scheduling, teach them necessary skills to make sure the job is being done correctly, learned how to make people happy at work, learned how to be a better leader-guiding people to be better, do better. We never stop learning!

12. I look for someone that is well rounded (overall skills, education, bilingual, etc.). Someone who is selfless in different ways. Is a servant leader who will put others before themselves. Is always willing to continue their education in their role/industry. Ultimately, the person needs to be team oriented; and will always do the right thing!

13. My favorite part has been the relationships I’ve fostered along the way; both with students and staff. One of the best jobs is being a coach! I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years. It has been challenging, but that is the other best part!!

Avimael, I hope this information propels you forward! Stay focused and have fun in the process.

Best wishes,

Thank you comment icon Thanks, can't wait to put this advice into action! Avimael