Walden Associates CEO, Joe Heaney, recently attended Oyster Bay High School’s Career Day. Walden was one of 25 companies in attendance at the event which aimed to educate students about various professions. Throughout the gym, each representative manned a display with educational materials and promotional items. To start the day, approximately one hundred incoming ninth-graders students filed in, dressed in a white T-shirt with their ideal career neatly written across the front. (Mr. Heaney was very encouraged by the number of students wearing Engineering and Geology t-shirts!) The students were then broken up into smaller groups, with each section given five minutes at each station to converse and learn about various businesses. As future doctors, lawyers, artists, creative writers and athletes rotated through the gym, they learned about a variety of possible career paths. The students were engaged and inquisitive, asking questions about required training, recommended community activities and high school courses, and what the presenters liked and disliked about their jobs.
Mr. Heaney suggested that students interested in Engineering and Geology take as many Science and Math courses as possible during their high school years, and for them to go on to earn a B.S in Engineering or Geology. Many students related a fondness for their Earth Science class, so Mr. Heaney recommended they continue in this realm by taking the full gamut of science and math classes offered. The students enjoyed hearing about Walden Associates’ projects and how Walden endeavors to find solutions to a variety of environmental issues. For instance, Walden works to keep Long Island’s groundwater contaminant-free by designing and installing treatment systems on well heads and within plumes. Joe stressed to the students: “if you have passion for your chosen profession (as all Walden employees do) you will not just have a ‘job’ when you enter the working world, rather you’ll have a ‘profession.’” He went on to explain how Walden places great importance on the growth of its staff as leaders in the field of Environmental Consulting. Mr. Heaney had a wonderful experience with students, and he hopes he helped inspire the next generation to consider careers in the environmental sciences. Community service – both locally and more broadly — is key to Walden’s mission. If your organization is looking for pro bono environmental/regulatory help, please call and speak to a staff scientist or engineer about how we might help.