The following story was submitted by Connor Starrs, a 2015 fellow of The Perfect Game Foundation.
Del is much more than a career mentor- he is a friend. When we first met, Del and I connected over our mutual passion for hockey and sports. Since then, The Perfect Game Foundation has accelerated my career passion of data analytics by guiding me towards an internship that works to develop essential skills in the information technology industry. I cannot thank Del enough for seeing potential in me and spending the time to find the perfect internship match. From chatting about sports to preparing for interviews, Del has been an incredibly generous mentor and friend.
Never stop growing both technically and socially.
Technically, in an increasingly competitive job market, knowledge really is power. There will be times when you are not the most qualified candidate for a job, but your motivation to learn will be the reason you are selected.
Socially, being friendly goes a long way! Developing social skills in a professional setting is key to building a strong professional network. Who knows- maybe you will make a friend along the way.
Thank you, The Perfect Game Foundation, for the selfless help and support along the journey.
"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).