At age 14, Elizabeth Williams was invited to participate in an Exploring program for students interested in law after taking a career interest survey at school. “I was ecstatic. I wanted to be a lawyer, and this opportunity would give me the ability to learn more,” she said. But after attending a couple of meetings at one of the local courthouses, sitting through a mock trial, and learning about the expense and time required to complete law school, Elizabeth eventually decided that becoming a lawyer was not the right career path for her.Now, 20 years later, Elizabeth is helping students explore their career interests while also helping them develop character-building skills as part of her role as the community events coordinator and Exploring advisor for Baptist Health. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity that the Exploring program gave me. True, I didn’t become a lawyer, but I’m still very thankful for the experience. Had I not figured out that wasn’t the route for me to take, imagine the money, time and resources I would have wasted pursuing a career that just was not for me,” she said.
What is Exploring?
Exploring is a work site-based program that is part of Learning for Life’s career education program and a division of the Boy Scouts of America. It’s designed to give students the ability to explore career opportunities, made possible through partnerships with businesses, organizations and state, local and federal agencies nationwide.
How does Exploring work?
Baptist Health offers a Health Exploring program for students ages 14-20 who are interested in careers in the healthcare field. Participants can learn about various career fields through discussions, guest speakers, projects, tours and shadowing opportunities. The program also offers character-building opportunities such as mentoring, community service activities and leadership experiences. Exploring meetings are hosted monthly in Montgomery and Prattville for the duration of the school year.
“ If students pursue acareer that they are passionate about, they will be more successful. They will love going to work each day because theywill have a passion forwhat they are doing." - Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams works at Baptist Health as the Community Events Coordinator and also helps high school students interested in the healthcare field. She is a member of Emerge Montgomery and was chosen for the Torchbearers Class 3.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Williams at 334.273.4506 email@example.com or find a local program near you at exploring.learningforlife.org