Alumni Feature | Joe Zuk ’07

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our latest alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

Nucor Technical Academy now accepting applications!

Interested in launching your career at Nucor, but need additional education to get you there? From essential coursework to extensive hands-on training, the Nucor Technical Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama puts you on the right path to becoming part of the Nucor team.

The Nucor Technical Academy is a unique program designed to launch successful Nucor careers by providing FREE tuition and housing for motivated, qualified candidates who GET PAID to go to class.

Our program provides education and hands-on training without the typical financial burdens of going to school.

  • Tuition and fees are completely covered by the program (3.0 GPA required)
  • Housing is provided for students living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Nucor provides travel allowances for moves between Tuscaloosa and your home mill
  • Students are paid for their time in class
  • Graduates become part of the Nucor team with competitive full-time pay and benefits

An informational student & parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Nucor Crawfordsville facility (4537 S. Nucor Rd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933). To RSVP, please email Ron Barnett at ron.barnett@nucor.com. Applications will be accepted through the end of March 2019.

Alumni Feature | Erin Davidson ’09

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our latest alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

2019 West Central Career & Technical Education Programs

Attention Sophomores and Juniors! You are eligible to enroll in West Central Career & Technical Education Programs when you sign up for classes for the 2019-20 school year. These are hands-on, real-world courses designed to prepare students for a technical career and/or further education.

Many West Central CTE students earn college credits through Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University after completing a program. These dual credits are available at no cost!

Watch the video below to learn about each of West Central’s different programs. See your school counselor to learn more and enroll!

Follow West Central CTE on Twitter: @westcentralcte
Find West Central CTE on Facebook: West Central Career and Technical Education

Alumni Feature | Tyler Hedge ’06

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our third alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

Hey, It’s OK If You Don’t Know What You Want To Be When You Grow Up

With graduation just around the corner and another school year coming to an end, it’s nearly impossible not to think about the future and contemplate what may be in store for you. When thousands of high school and college students graduate this year, commencement speakers across the country will tell them to follow their dreams and pursue their passions. But how can you pursue your passions when you don’t know what they are yet?

The Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” taught us from childhood that we can steer our feet in any direction we choose. If you don’t know which direction you want to go in, fear not: Taking time to explore your interests and experiment with different career paths can actually benefit you in the long run.

Scroll through the list below for five reasons it’s OK if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up — and why that may even be a good thing.

 

1. It’s Better To Explore Than To Pigeonhole Yourself.

Before you get too stressed about not knowing what you want to do with your life, consider how much worse it would be to force yourself to do something that you’re not truly excited about. Getting stuck in a career when your heart isn’t in it will ultimately set you back more than taking time to find the right career for you. According to a 2008 School of Life survey, over half of 20s-somethings regret their career choice, and would choose a different path if they could go back and do it all over.

It’s scary to not know what you want to do or what the future will hold for you — but embracing that uncertainty and giving yourself time to experiment and explore is what will lead you to something you really love. So don’t rush to choose a career just because you think everyone else knows what the want to do.

 

2. Job & Career Changes Happen All The Time.

Particularly in the earlier part of your career, it’s likely that you’ll jump around between different jobs — which may or may not be in the same field — a number of times. It’s estimated that most American workers will change their careers roughly seven times in a lifetime, although that number is contested.

You can have a long, prolific career even if it doesn’t follow one linear trajectory. Martha Stewart started out as a stockbroker, and actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have gone on to find success and fulfillment in behind-the-camera roles after years of acting.

 

3. It’s Not About Finding Your Passion — It’s About Doing Something Valuable.

William MacAskill, founder of ethical career service 80,000 hours, recently wrote that the best career advice isn’t to follow your passion: It’s to do something valuable. “Do something that genuinely helps others and makes the world a better place in a major way,” he says.

So instead of creating an idea in your mind of what success looks like and how you can climb up the ladder to get there, instead think about how you can use your particular strengths and talents to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be the end-all-be-all for your career — just get started with something that serves others and makes you feel good, and let things develop from there. As MacAskill notes, research has found that job satisfaction is directly correlated with how much your work affects the well-being of others. Anyone can find a fulfilling career this way, without knowing exactly what they want to do.

 

4. It May Not Feel Like It, But You Still Have Lots Of Time.

And discovering your passion (or finding something valuable that you enjoy doing) doesn’t happen overnight. Some people know exactly what they want to do from childhood, while others discover their passions in college elective courses, and still others stumble upon what they truly love years into their first, second or third careers.

Vincent van Gogh, for instance, didn’t learn how to paint until his late 20s. Sylvester Stallone wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay for “Rocky” in three and a half days when he was 29 years old, while balancing jobs at a deli and a movie theatre. The point is, you never know when inspiration will strike, so give it time to happen naturally.

 

5. You Can Enjoy The Exploration.

Figuring out what you want to do is about exploring all different sides of your personality. There are so many possibilities within ourselves, and choosing a career path is about looking at all those possibilities and turning one (or a few of them) into something lucrative. That process itself can give you a better understanding of who you are and what you value, so it’s not worth skipping over it in your race to the picking-a-career finish line.

Trust us, taking the time you need to explore will ensure that you end up doing exactly what you want to do!

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Content Credit: Huffington Post