Hello, my name is Rebekah Carpenter and I would like to welcome you to my blog space/website. I am new to blogging and openly sharing my thoughts and ideas with the public. However, I am writing today because I would like to share my story and why I have created PEER Learning & Mentoring.
PEER stands for Providing Encouragement, Education, and Resources and was developed for the following reasons:
- To share the knowledge that I have gained from working in the industry and having direct contact with high school and college level students seeking career opportunities,
- To talk about my career journey and to serve as a mentor to those who may be experiencing some of the same challenges that I faced as a teen and young adult, and
- To be a positive influence in the community that I live and work .
While growing up, I didn’t have a strong desire to want to work in any field or have a job doing XY or Z like most people. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until 7th grade that I had ever given it any real thought. My english teacher asked the class to write an essay on what we wanted to be when we grew up. I’m not sure why, but I chose to write about being a mechanical engineer. Well, I’m not an engineer and never pursued studying anything in the engineering field.
I graduated high school, attended my college of choice and graduated. I was a passive student with little knowledge about what I should have been doing as a college student. I didn’t take advantage of the resources that were available nor did I have a plan for my future. I found myself about to graduate with no job or any relevant work experience. Fortunately, I was able to buy some time by accepting an internship after graduation that gave me my first corporate job.
Looking back, I realize how inexperienced I was. I wish I had known more about being in the workforce and how to better prepare myself. Nonetheless, I did fairly well and went on to work for a private college before pursuing a longtime dream of joining the US Army. My dream of living the military lifestyle was cut short due to health issues and my career journey continued.
My entire career has been a struggle to find that one job that brought joy and fulfillment. It has taken about 18 years to have finally found what I’ve been looking for. I’ve had some great experiences along the way, however if I had exposure to career and skill assessment tools early on, I may have saved myself a lot of time and money.
My story brings me back to PEER Learning & Mentoring where my goal is to encourage students to begin thinking about their future at an early age. I’d like to serve as a resource to help you along your journey.