Father and Son at Crossroads about College

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john-and-ian-freezeThanks 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.

Before

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.”

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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.”

After

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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