Breakthrough Austin and the Pros

Breakthrough Austin and the Pros

Way back in middle school, once a year our school counselor would come by our class to discuss possible careers. I remember a whole list of jobs based on the kind of interest you had. Doctor, Engineer, Technician, Real Estate Agent, etc. I vaguely knew what some of them were at the time, like obviously a doctor were those terrible people who stuck me with needles. Or pilots, who wore clear shield helmets and shot down the guys in dark shields. But, I didn’t really know people in these specialized jobs so I had no frame of reference for what they did, how they got there, or why I should pursue it. Without understanding the jobs, I had no path to reach them. Luckily, I got to see the very opportunity I missed for a group of middle schoolers. Breakthrough Austin (whom I volunteered with over the summer) has a program where they help the kids research different careers they’re interested in pursuing, then they bring in actual professionals to talk with them. This program meets three times, once a month on Saturday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School which sit atop the gorgeous hills of west Austin. I wanted to see the program in action, so I volunteered to help with one of their groups. Split into fields of study, I spent the second Saturday with the Technology/Engineering group. These kids wanted to become engineers, video game designers, architects, and such. I was already impressed with them based on their ambitions. I mean my career choice during middle school was professional baseball player (though my counselor always made me put...