Meet real role models working in various industries who have found success through alternative pathways after high school — and what they like about what they do! Looking to dive deeper? Complete this scavenger hunt to help you explore the many paths to success.

  • John Remmert

    Precision Ag Sales-Engineer

    It’s no coincidence that I work with tractors and implements for a living, considering I dreamed of becoming a ship captain or an airline pilot as a child. I’ve always been fascinated with large machinery and the people who operate it.

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  • Kaitlynn Bachman

    Human Resources Business Partner

    Before starting my career, I thought about studying law or psychology. I was intrigued by rules, laws and consequences. Plus, communication is a strength of mine, and I’m always trying to figure people out or understand the deeper meaning behind certain situations. Human resources ended up being...

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  • Brian Crockett

    Real Estate Agent

    I became interested in real estate while I was in high school. My mother was a real estate agent, and I always enjoyed hearing her talk about helping people purchase their first homes and the excitement that they had. I finally decided to make the transition to becoming a real estate agent myself...

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  • Michael Freeland

    Graphic Designer

    I’ve been interested in design and marketing for as long as I can remember. According to my mom, it began as soon as I could hold a pencil. There's a photo of me in a high-chair, drawing “perfect circles,” as she liked to recall.

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  • Dale Richardson

    Certified Electronics Technician

    When Dale Richardson was 12 years old, he got an electronics project for Christmas — he's been passionate about electronics ever since. Today, he gets to do what he loves at Garmin. 

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  • John Scheck CIC, AIC, AINS, AIS, CISR

    Claims Advocate

    I’m not sure that as a child I ever decided what I wanted to be when I grew up. But now, I know I’m where I’m supposed to be. The path to my career wasn’t what you would call “traditional.” I earned average grades in high school and felt that a four-year college just wasn’t the right choice for me...

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  • Ryan Benton

    Transmission Planning Engineer

    As a kid growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, I wanted to be a musician. Then I took economics in high school, and I realized there is a high supply of musicians and a low demand for paying jobs in music. So, I looked for other career options. My dad was an electrical engineer. I took a career...

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  • Jon P. Dooley-Weiland

    Natural Gas Service Technician

    As a child, I always saw myself becoming a first responder one day. Law enforcement, fire department, maybe emergency medical services … I’ve always loved helping people, and a career in one of those fields just seemed to be where my path was heading.

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  • Bob Jordan

    Excavator Product Specialist

    I’ve always been interested in tractors, trucks, cars — really any machines that were around on the small farm I grew up on. My dad and grandfather seemed to be able to fix anything that broke down, and watching them get things back up and running got me interested in doing the same.

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  • Brianne Ray

    Brianne Ray

    Physical Therapist Assistant

    Healthcare workers have always been heroes to me. When I was little, I often talked about becoming a doctor. I wanted so badly to help people feel better. Over the years I considered several different career paths, but it wasn’t until college that I was introduced to my passion: physical therapy.

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