“Our businesses are only as successful as our employees.”
We sat down with Kerry to ask her what drives her, what advice she’d give to her young self, and why she values her involvement with students.
Okay, Kerry, please describe your involvement with ITK so far, and why you see it as important.
My involvement as a member of the INNOVATE Tulare-Kings Leadership Council and as chair of the Workforce Investment Board Health Care Sector committee introduced me to the INTERNNECT Project. In addition to representing the local health care landscape for INTERNNECT as Industry Contact, I also serve as an Industry Mentor. As a mentor I work alongside local high school students and program participants, guiding them through projects and providing them with first-hand health care industry knowledge.
INTERNNECT offers the valuable experience of exposing local students to careers and industries they might not have otherwise considered. This program supports a new generation of local leaders and equips them with the tools they need to dream of bigger and brighter futures and to never quit growing.
What is your best advice for a student who feels they haven’t “found their calling?”
Instead of focusing on a specific industry or career path, take an inventory of what you like about your current studies and extra-curricular activities. Take these interests and apply them to job opportunities that appeal to you. Focusing on what you enjoy most can open up job opportunities across several industries.
Can you give us an example of why it’s important for local businesses to help prepare young people for college and careers?
Our businesses are only as successful as our employees. As local businesses, we need to work together to ensure we are providing opportunities for growth for our local students, and preparing them with the necessary skills to thrive in the work place. By helping local students live up to their greatest potential, we ultimately help our local business community to thrive.
What is a big risk you have taken? What did you learn from it?
Throughout my career in the health care industry, I have taken on new roles and worked in several different capacities. It was always risky to leave my comfort zone to take on something new, but ultimately, by taking risks I gained more well-rounded knowledge of my industry.
What would you tell the high school (junior/senior) version of yourself?
Embrace each opportunity you are given to learn and grow – you will never regret that you did.
Thank you Kerry for the many ways you’ve dedicated to improving our region!