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.
"Does anyone remember BioFest Ocean Shores? Craig Cogger’s slides (yes they were using 35mm slides back then) were somehow lost and he did his entire presentation through what can only be described as interpretive dance. Many of us have never seen interpretative dance at BioFest, but we can relate to what inspired it – a love of biosolids, a commitment to science and research, and the desire to share this vast knowledge with others." - Dan Thompson
Everyone can relate to being new to an organization, at the start of your career. Eager, motivated, and perhaps a little naïve – you can end up with some really interesting projects. Kyle Dorsey was a solid waste inspector with the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality group when his supervisor handed him one of those projects. He remembers thinking “You’re kidding me right? They do what with spfft?” All of a sudden, Kyle was in the biosolids world.