Top experts from Toyota, The Coca-Cola Company and Major League Baseball share tips for every young person to find career success
Having a job you love can enrich your life. Research shows that people who are happy at work and love what they do are more likely to be optimistic about the future, motivated to reach professional and personal goals, and report feeling generally happy with their lives1.
But finding a job you love — one that is personally and professionally fulfilling — can be a challenge. In this interactive discussion, experts from Toyota, The Coca-Cola Company and Major League Baseball join Boys & Girls Clubs of America to share their best advice with today’s young people for achieving career success and finding a job you love.
This discussion is geared toward college students, those at the start of their careers and Boys & Girls Club alumni.
Here are a few of our favorite pro tips from our expert panelists to help every young person find a job they love.
Tiffannie Hedin is a corporate communications analyst for Toyota Motor North America with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. She oversees Toyota Motor Manufacturing, community partnerships and outreach, volunteerism and the Toyota4Good giving platform. Prior to joining Toyota, Tiffannie was an editor for Woodward-White Publishing.
As part of The Coca-Cola Company for more than 20 years, Erika Von Heiland Strader is currently the director of community marketing and engagement. Among her many responsibilities, she leads strategic nonprofit partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and United Service Organizations (USO) to ensure Coke and consumers make a quantifiable difference in local communities. Erika was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Southern California in 1985. She is also a two-time U.S. Olympian, having competed in badminton in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
David James is the vice president of baseball and softball development for Major League Baseball (MLB), where he is responsible for the grassroots youth programming administered by the Commissioner’s office. This includes PLAY BALL, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), and MLB’s two national youth skills competitions, Pitch, Hit, & Run and & Jr. Home Run Derby. Prior to joining the MLB in 2008, he worked for Little League International for 10 years in his hometown of Williamsport, Penn.
Dorian Holnes is an employer brand specialist for the Boston-based tech start-up, Vendr. He grew up as a Boys & Girls Club kid and was a two-time South Carolina State Youth of the Year winner and the 2016-17 Southeast Military Youth of the Year winner.
Starting as early as age 6, Boys & Girls Clubs help young people explore their passions and interests, develop employability skills, and apply knowledge in real-world settings, so they can become anything they can dream. Be the first to get tips, free resources and inspiring stories from Boys & Girls Clubs of America to make your great future possible as we work together to prepare all young people for college, careers and life.
1. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward, 'Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report', Harvard Business Review, 20 March 2017, https://hbr.org/2017/03/does-work-make-you-happy-evidence-from-the-world-happiness-report, (accessed 1 July 2021).
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