BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT DESERVES A SHOT AT SUCCESS.

BILL PRIESTLEY

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MY STORY

In December of 1994, I made a decision in college that I wanted to become a full-time NCAA Division I sportscaster.  It was a daring decision as there are only about 530 of those positions available across the country and only a handful of them come open every year (though I didn’t know that at the time).  However, I made some bad decisions in trying to get that position – to the point that it took 18 years before I earned that position at a school in North Carolina.  During that time, I worked in four different states and applied for over 100 jobs and did not get one interview until 2013 – which was with the school I eventually worked for.

What my presentations contain is the knowledge gained through that experience and also the academic and studied evidence I learned when getting my masters degree in education. I’ve passed this information on to students at the collegiate and high school level in terms of how to pick out a desirable career path and then implementing the steps necessary to make that career a reality.

EVERY STUDENT DESERVES A SHOT AT SUCCESS

We’ve conditioned students to believe two things.

  1. School is more important than going after your dreams – therefore:
  2. School is an obstacle meant to be overcome so that a dream can then be pursued.

What we have failed to teach students is something most successful people already know: that education and the realization of dreams go hand in hand.

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SPEAKING TOPICS

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR DREAM JOB

This presentation, geared for adults, high school and college students, helps students pick out dream careers through personal inventories of their interests, abilities and what I call their audiences.  What comes of this is the creation and identification of careers that potentially have the ability to fulfill a person intellectually, physically and emotionally or spiritually.

HOW TO GET YOUR DREAM JOB

Specifically for high school and college students, this presentation helps them use their education to their advantage, learn how to network through doing informational interviews and design a plan around getting their dream job.

HOW TO HELP YOUR TEEN FIND A CAREER PATH

Many parents feel intimidated when it comes to talking to their kids about life after school – especially about how to deal with their child as an adult making adult choices.  Specifically for parents, Bill goes through the basics of the “How to Identify Your Dream Job” presentation but also adds the scientific data and parenting practices that can help parents talk to their children and help them navigate the change from being a student to being a working adult.

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