How many people call their job FUN?!
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Would you love be able to raise money to support your favorite cause or non-profit and GET PAID FOR IT?!
Matthew Dickey is a professional fundraiser. As "Director of Development" for the historical non-profit, "Gore Place Society" (GorePlace.org) he networks and connects with both new, potential donors as well as keeping connections with long-time donors.
What's "Development"? It's the term or title for a professional fund-raiser - or raising money for non-profits.
Parties, events and fundraisers are another perk that makes his - a really #CoolCareer !
Check out his video below or here on our YouTube channel.
Director of Development for Gore Place Society, Matthew Dickey
Matthew's Top Advice:
Matthew's Career Path
Start: Matthew went to High School in Collinsville, Illinois. (Home to the world's largest ketchup bottle!) He was obsessed with Architecture and was always drawing little buildings.
Curve Ball: After High School, Matthew wanted to study at an Architectural College (to learn to design buildings). However, he hates 'Standardized Tests' and didn't do well on the college entrance exams so he didn't get into any of the colleges that he applied to.
Instead he stayed near his home and went to Art School and got a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree in Painting.
How He Paid for School: He worked at a grocery store as a cashier and bagger for 5 1/2 years to pay for his college.
Tough Times: Matthew graduated from college in 2008 - during the U.S. "Great Recession". There were few jobs for anyone - especially someone with an art degree.
Instead, he decided to volunteer for a year to gain new experiences. Matthew says, the best way to see what kind of job you'd like to do is to volunteer with different organizations!
Learn more: How to get the most out of your volunteer experience
Curve Ball: Matthew was excited for his first volunteer position but it lost it's funding so he did not get into the program that he was originally accepted to.
Winner: Matthew didn't let that daunt him. Instead, he applied to all the regions that the program was in and got into Boise, Idaho. A far cry from New York City but it turned out great because ultimately he met his wife there!
Pivotal Moment: While there he taught art to refugee children and English to refugee adults.
This experience changed his life!
He was inspired by the refugee's determination. He knew he wanted to help people.
It also showed him that he wanted to experience living outside of the U.S. - to explore another culture.
Matthew didn't know how to speak their language but he just winged it! He learned more Spanish in 3 weeks while living in Peru than in all the years he studied in school. Experiences are Key!
Next Step: After traveling, Matthew came back to the U.S. but he still "Didn't know what he wanted to do with his life". He drove around and couch surfed while checking out different schools to see where he wanted to live. Ultimately this brought him to Boston
Work & School: Matthew worked and also went to Boston University. He graduated and received a degree in "Arts Administration and Museum Management" didn't know wha the wanted to do but knew he loved helping others.
Job: Matthew worked at a coffee shop and also curated their art gallery while he went to school.
After College - 1st Job: Matthew worked in "Development" (fund-raising) for United South End Settlements USES.org
2nd Job: Matthew's next job was "Development Manager" for 'Raw Art Works' in Lynn, MA. RawArtWorks.org
RawArtWorks.org - RAW'S mission is to IGNITE the DESIRE to CREATE and the CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED in underserved youth. (and they have cool videos!)
3rd Job: Matthew is not the "Director of Development" (top dog!) for Gore Place Society. GorePlace.org
Matthew likes that his job combines his interests with his hobbies and that's a good balance.
Matthew says that he knows that these skills that he has - working in 'Development' will ensure that he always has a job - because people and companies and non-profits will ALWAYS need people who can raise money.
So if you have a cause that you're passionate about - consider volunteering with their non-profit's 'Development Team'. This is a great way to experiment with a job, learn from the people who work there about their Career-Paths and see if it's something you'd like to pursue as your #CoolCareer !
At The Golden Globes this year, celebrities contributed to a cool (and pretty funny) video where they told viewers what their FIRST JOBS were. From a 'red-licorice salesperson, to a snow shoveler, to a dog poop cleaner' - everybody has to start somewhere!
You can see it here or below...
Take a look. Be Inspired!
By her own account, Patricia Rowan wasn't always this successful...
Her life may have been very different if it weren't for a change in her school that took her from her neighborhood in Harlem into downtown New York City.
Now Patricia has a Global Role with Procter & Gamble's Gillette Corporation and travels the world in Business Class! She's lived in several major cities and has done work in some of the most exciting, exotic countries in the world.
Hear how from her first school-bus ride into New York City at the age of 13, she discovered a whole new world of people and opportunity and from then on - knew her life could be different. She shares the steps she took to achieve more career and financial success than she could have ever imagined...and hopes to inspire YOU next.
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Patricia Rowan - Associate Director of Human Resources for 'Gillette's Product Supply' business.
Pat's Top Advice:
Pat's Career Path
Tough Start: Patricia (Pat) grew up on "on the 20th floor of a Project House" in Harlem, New York. She is 1 of 5 kids. She felt confined by what she calls, "the four walls of Harlem". She didn't know anything about life beyond her neighborhood.
Pivotal Moment: One year, her school district changed and she was bused out of Harlem into downtown New York City. She says: That experience of leaving Harlem - is what changed her destiny. For the first time, she saw that her life could be something different and thought "I want to be like that too". She knew she wanted to shoot for more.
1st Job: Pat got her first job while she was still in High-School. She worked because she saw people around her doing better and doing more. She wanted to have her own money. She worked in a grocery store as a cashier and grocery bagger.
Mantra: Pat is the type of person who when she sees something - she goes after it!
School: Pat's parents did not go to college but Pat realized that EDUCATION was THE KEY to HER changing her life.
College: When Pat graduated from high-school, she applied to college and got in. In college she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. She thought being a doctor would be a good idea because that's the only career she'd really heard of.
Pat loves people so she took a class in Psychology and did really well in it. She also found that she LIKED reading about Psychology and even chose to read and learn about the subject just for fun! That's when she knew what she wanted to do with her life.
2nd Job: Pat worked at McDonalds between her freshmen and sophomore year in college. She learned that if she wanted to succeed and do better - she needed to work. Life was not going to be handed to her on a silver platter.
While working at McDonald's, Pat realized she had to focus on school to have a better life.
Bump: Once out of college, Pat decided that she wanted to continue her schooling and get her Master's degree. When she told her Mom though - her Mom said there was no money. Pat did get accepted to 'Graduate School' and was excited. However, she was told the school had no financial aid for her.
Undaunted: Her Mother took her up to the University and met with the Dean of Psychology. His department had no money for Pat. Finally, the dean had an idea and found some financial aid in a completely different department where Pat wasn't even taking courses.
The experience taught her to not take 'No' for an answer and to be nimble in her thinking. If she heard 'No' to one try - then she would try another direction until it worked out for her.
Big Break: Pat helped some engineering students at her campus with their project. They then referred her to the company, 'Procter & Gamble' where Pat got her first interview.
The lesson she learned there? "I need to have contacts and let people know what I was up to and what I was looking for."
Pat has been with Procter and Gamble for 29 years and LOVES her Cool Career. She says she still can't believe 'this person from Harlem would be at this place in her life'.
The world is a big place...Yet new possibilities and opportunities are EVERYWHERE. They may be around the corner or a few miles down the road - if you're just willing to explore...
When we walked into Procter and Gamble to to interview, Patricia Rowan - Associate Director for Human Resources for Product Supply for Gillette - located in Boston, MA - We could have never expected the treasure-trove of advice and information we'd get.
(In fact, she had so much "Cool Career" advice that we are STILL creating videos!)
Pat grew up in Harlem - a neighborhood in New York City - in a 'Project House' on the 20th floor. She describes life as 'living inside the four walls of Harlem' and she knew little else of the world around her.
Then one day, her school changed and she was bused out of Harlem into downtown, New York City. It was only just a few miles away - but it showed her a whole new world of people, possibly and opportunity.
In this video, Pat tells us why she believes that her getting exposed to new areas, neighborhoods and people is THE KEY to her success today and what ultimately led her to achieve her #CoolCareer where she travels the world for work.
For more inspiration from Patricia - check out her full video here.
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In case you missed it…
Click the photo to see the video in full and read below where we've compiled A List of our favorite quotes from the interview...
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You can do it to … xx The A-List
Eli shares his story as a middle child of 11, raised by a single mom with little money. As a young boy, he endured bullying and getting beat-up (even by girls) on his way to school.
He shares his path to career success including his time in the army, in a tank and loading ammunition, and finally finding the job that he describes as "everyday enjoyment"! (more below)
Watch below or here on our YouTube Channel.
Eli's mission is help other young people who may be going through the same things he's been through. Listen as he shares the secret he kept from his mother and family for years before coming out and eventually marrying his love.
His is a true success story forged by hard work, creativity, humor and an un-failing belief in Never Giving Up.
Native Bostonian, Darren Irabor grew up in the roughest part of the city - or as he puts it... "the hood".
Adopted at 3, homeless at 16, hopeless at 22.
Then, Darren summoned his strength to ask for help and when he did... He got more that he could have imagined.
He changed his destiny.
(click below to watch on YouTube or scroll down and hit 'play') (Click here to see Darren's 'Career Path')
DARREN’S TOP TIPS: “I CONTROL MY FUTURE”
YOUR BIGGEST ASSETS ARE:
Find someone who can be a mentor in your life
Make sure YOU act as a MENTOR yourself. Help others!
Darren Says: “We forget to HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS – They are willing to help!
Do what it takes!
Sometimes doing what it takes means staying after school, more homework, missing out on a few things – but in the end – When you do what it takes – You MOVE FORWARD. YOU are accountable… YOU grow.
“YOU control your future!”
DARREN’S FAVORITE BOOK: “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson
He read 10 pages a day on the train to work.
"Plant. Cultivate. Harvest".
Plant = Ask for help. Ask questions.
Cultivate = LISTEN! Listen and put the good advice into effect.
Harvest = Develop the small, daily habits to guide you to success and ones to lift you up and get you back on your path if you make a mistake.
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Don’t look to a job or another person for happiness….
Happiness is the START of everything.
Get YOURSELF HAPPY first – and the rest will follow.
Your MINDSET affects your PERFORMANCE!
Failure is Your Iceberg
Break that iceberg into very small pieces!!!
Move AROUND that failure – INCH by INCH – and you move around that iceberg!
“It doesn’t matter where you start out – it just takes small daily disciplines to keep you on track.”
“Your story is what is going to propel you through life.”
“Write you goals – then write 3 things you can do daily to get closer to those goals.”
“Hold each other accountable – Help each other out!
Be the mentor that you need!”