Career Day at Matignon

Share your stories with our students!

Calling all alumni! We need you to help us make our 2018 Career Day a success! Have an interesting story to share? Have you found success in your career? Overcome difficult challenges? Our students want to hear from you.

Please save the date and join us!

Friday, March 23, 2018
Matignon High School Career Day
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Breakfast and lunch on us!)

We are looking for alumni of all careers, backgrounds, and ages. Interested? Fill out the form below and we will be in touch - no immediate commitment necessary. Questions? Contact us at alumni@matignon.org.

Read about our last Career Day HERE.

Charting a Path: Career Day 2016
By Tim Wilson ‘76, Alumni Presenter

Depending on their generation, two dozen MHS alumni experienced a real-life scene from “Time Tunnel,” “Back to the Future,” or “Hot Tub Time Machine” at the biennial Career Day on March 18.

Career Day offered a chance for these Matignon graduates to travel back as many as 50 or as few as five years ago to the halls they once wandered. They came to share their experiences in fields ranging from medicine to law, business to education, and art to engineering. Firefighters, accountants, social workers, police officers and bankers, all returned to One Matignon Road and had a glimpse at the past that formed their future into today’s present. But more important than the alums’ look back, was the peek into possible futures they provided Matignon students.

Keynote speaker Rob Surette from the Class of 1989 established a theme for the day, using his incredible artistic talent to demonstrate that those who achieve great things must first believe in themselves and their dreams. He literally painted a picture for students that the future is in their hands to create.

As the alums were led to classrooms where they would speak to students about their life and career, there was that moment when they remembered sitting at desks in those same rooms. It made me remember two important things on this day: 1. Perspective makes all the difference and 2. It was a privilege to be participating in Career Day.

Though the classrooms are primarily the same, the view is quite different decades later. While a student at Matignon, next week and next month seemed far enough away to me. Thinking in terms of years and decades was really unfathomable. But time and experience allow you to see the possible future paths that lie in front of a 16-year-old. This is what makes speaking at Career Day a privilege. Probably more so than with their own children, alums have a chance to help students look a little further ahead. Teenagers have that special filter they apply when parents talk that sometimes screens out good advice. By starting their conversation with a shared Matignon experience, alums have a chance to make a connection.

Most alums don’t have Rob Surrette’s talent with a paintbrush, but they can help students picture their future in a different way. Serving as tour guides for some of life’s varied paths, alums are able to point out from experience that there are multiple ways to reach a career destination. Perhaps more importantly, they can offer examples that there are twists in the road – planned and unplanned – that can take you not necessarily to where you planned but to a better destination. For me, and I’m sure many other alums at Career Day, the best advice we could offer students on charting a course to the future was to suggest they begin their journey by looking inward. What makes them curious? What makes them excited? What are they good at? How do they think they could make a difference?

It was a privilege to have the opportunity to remind my future fellow Matignon alumni that when heading down the road to their future they are in the driver’s seat. And rather than relying on a GPS, it’s much better to take a good look at the whole map and see the places you could go.