Thanks to Crossroads Career leader John Freeze for interviewing his son, Ian, about the before and after story of changing college majors and careers. Instead of their journey being a war of wills, it became a lesson in prayer and spiritual growth for both father and son.
John: Tell us about your decision to go to Culinary School?
Ian “It seemed like a great idea at the time. I enjoyed cooking and had fond memories of meals with family over the years. I felt that since I had taken culinary classes in high school, it would be an easy transition.”
John: Your experience?
Ian: “I met a lot of great people, and I learned a lot about myself in the process. I enjoyed it, but I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was a shock when I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for a career. I had thought about this for about 5 years, thinking it was a great fit.”
John: Why change?
Ian: “My grades weren’t very good, and I realized I wasn’t doing well in areas that were important to be successful in the culinary field. It was stressful and upsetting to continue to put forth effort, knowing it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term.”
Crossroads Career workshop at church
Ian: “My eyes were opened to what I really was good at– visual arts and problem solving. After the workshop, I got coaching from ministry team members. I learned how to build a better resume, and I learned how Christians should conduct themselves in a job search.”
“I always knew prayer was important, but I never considered using prayer in relation to career decisions. I prayed for an opportunity to work for a Christian employer.”
Ian: “I decided to just ‘walk in’ to the local Chick-Fil-A. After three conversations with the owner, I was offered a job and still am working there today, as I continue my education.”
John: Your new career?
Ian: “I chose Interior Design.”
John: How is it going?
Ian: “Very well. I am in my fourth semester in an Interior Design program. I am an officer in the student chapter of a related club. School is going very well. I’m making very good grades. I enjoy school much more than before.”
John: What impact did this career change have on you?
Ian: “It’s made me feel a lot better about myself, knowing I’m where I’m supposed to be. I think the future looks very good for me. Long-term, I’d like to have my own firm or be a partner in a firm. I would love to have the opportunity one day to work on historical properties, churches or museums.
John: What has Crossroads Career meant to you?
Ian: “It was a confidence-building experience. I learned skills that I needed for the job search. The confidence and skills I received in a Christian context made me feel a lot better about choosing a career and finding a job.”
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