In junior high school Mike Van Ham, now president of SYLVIS, took a career class. He answered a series of questions and the teacher cross-referenced the answers to identify the appropriate occupation. He had to do the test twice. The first occupation was “ambassador”. Mike figured out what an ambassador did, but no one could tell him where to go or how to become one. The teacher asked him to do the same test again. The second time the teacher informed him that he should be a mechanic. And so he started down the path of repairing automotive engines.