No job is undignified. If you get a job, show up to work every day and be on time. Five minutes early is even better. If you want to advance in the work world, raise your hand when your employer is assigning tough tasks.
Those were among the motivational nuggets of experience State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, shared with students of Faith Christian Academy while visiting the school, which opened in 2013 and partners with Liberty University Online Academy.
“Employers are looking to find the best people to fit positions crucial to their operations. It is important that we continue to provide our students not only with the work skills needed to succeed, but with the do’s and don’ts of job etiquette,” Treasurer Folwell said.
A frequent speaker at schools and colleges, Treasurer Folwell accepted an invitation to present a guest lesson to students of Christi Johnson, a history teacher at Faith Christian Academy’s upper school. A member of the State Board of Education, he acknowledged the role that education played in his life.
Treasurer Folwell discussed North Carolina state government, the complex operations and broad scope of responsibility at the Department of State Treasurer, and the multi-faceted role the state treasurer plays that affects millions of state residents.
He shared his life story, growing up in humble means, working as a garbage collector and motorcycle mechanic. He encouraged the students to listen to mentors, just as he did when people who believed in him inspired his decision to go to college and, later, to enter politics. Everyone is great at something, and determining what that “something” is makes all the difference, he said.
Treasurer Folwell also took the opportunity to provide the students with advice about the job market, the importance of a strong work ethic, enthusiasm, reliability and collaborative skills.