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The Counseling Office and Career Center will be hosting a series of guest speakers throughout the year. Students will have an opportunity to hear from current professionals about their jobs, their training, their personal experiences, and any tips they have for high school students. All speakers will visit during lunch in the Career Center (Room 300), unless otherwise noted.  


The schedule of speakers is as follows:


Day Date Speaker Occupation Employer
December 19
Troy Collins
Script Coordinator
Sony Pictures Animation
January 9
Nathan Goncalves
 Legal Extern / Law Student / Army Veteran
Harriett Buhai Family Law Center/ UCLA Law
January 18
Lori Collins
 Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer Cypress College and White's Funeral Home
February 1
Claudia Fotiou
Athletic Trainer
Mayfair High School / CalAps
February 13
Melissa Vieira
Senior Regional Human Resources Manager
Golden State Foods
March 6
Martin Martinez
Jane Templin
Foreman Plumber
Outreach Director
City Plumbing
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers


Interested students should sign up in the Career Center (Room 300)

** schedule subject to change **





Colin Kelly - Senior Staff Attorney - Orange County Coastkeeper

  • Grew up surfing and wanted to do something about "Urban Slobber" polluting his waves
  • Southern California Native; attended undergrad at University of Oregon; Whittier Law School
  • He shared, "an undergraduate degree in something that interests you is more useful for getting into law school and practicing law than picking a "Pre-Law" major...No major is more "Pre-Law" than another, so discover a passion if you want to become a lawyer."
  • He goes to work in shorts and flip flops!
Some lawyers get to work in flip flops!


Charlene Nadela and Amanda Ferguson - Registered Nurses

  • Both graduated from Mayfair High School (2012 and 2008)
  • Inspired to go into nursing by personal and family experiences with nurses
  • They spoke about the good, the bad, the ugly, and the sad
  • Their favorite part of the job includes patient interaction
  • Challenges include dealing with loss and the stress of the job
  • Generally they work 36 hours a week, pick their schedules, and are paid well
  • They encourage current high schools students to start looking into nursing programs, start to get some experience by volunteering, and make plans for college. 
  • "You have to love what you do"
  • "In college you're on your own, so seek help when you need it."

Gary Gaspar - Operations Manager - Brenntag Pacific

  • Didn't plan on this career but he loves it. Started as a community college student interested in being a firefighter. 
  • Worked at UPS as a graveyard warehouse worker while in college and transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • After earning his degree, partially funded by UPS, he went into a supervisory position at UPS and decided to grow within the sector, rather than pursue firefighting.
  • Enjoys the logistics challenges of his job and seeing what kinds of raw materials he processes and where they end up (hot sauce, for example).
  • There are MANY entry level jobs within his industry and lots of room for growth.
  • Encouraged students to look into degrees in Business Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • "Everything comes from somewhere. It has to be built, distributed, stored, sold, and shipped." 
  • "The title of your degree and where you earned it from is less relevant than your work ethic and your work experiences."

Nichole Pichardo - Communications Specialist (BOUSD)

  • Thought about going into broadcast communications in radio
  • Attended California State University, Fullerton
  • Interned for Ryan Seacrest radio show
  • Diverse experiences in the corporate PR/Communications sector
  • Currently working in PR and Communications for a public school district
  • Favorite part of the job includes helping to spread the word on big products, projects, and events that she believes in and wants others to know about


Zitlalic Domond and Tyler Kisslan -

Project Coordinator at Community Service Programs and Anaheim Police Officer

  • Zitlalic earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration - both from California State University, Fullerton. She chose a degree in Public Administration as a broad degree to giver her options for possible jobs working with the public.
  • She works with the Anaheim Police Department in a Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership
  • Favorite part of the job – being able to have an idea and use her creativity to create new programs
  • Officer Kisslan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton
  • He explained two paths to becoming a police officer – put yourself through a police academy and then apply, or apply for a job and have the police department pay for their academy. Entering with a college degree already completed can lead to higher starting pay and promotion.
  • They work together with youth who are at risk
  • Both encouraged students to take advantage of internships
CAREER AWARENESS RESOURCES - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook: - Career Cafe - O*NET OnLine - U.S. Department of Labor: - PayScale - RileyGuide - California Employment Development Department (EDD) - California Career Zone - Collegeboard Career Exploration



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