Ken Rolston is a sales rep for American company BioTissue which procures, processes, stores and distributes preserved amniotic membrane (placenta). His job is to call on ophthalmologists, optometrists, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the New York City area. He has worked for the company for five years and, while visiting MK this month, took his turn as a Career WorkOut guest.
“The experience made me feel incredibly empathetic for what it feels like to be 14 again! The kids were a diverse mix of characters, outgoing, introverted, funny, awkward, curious . They wanted to know all about life as a New Yorker. How are the schools in the states, what’s different over there? We discussed aspects of my career in the eye business, how much education is required, what is the job like, how much money does it pay.
“I shared with them the relative independence in a sales reps life such as working from a home based office, setting your own hours, visiting different places every day, learning to work in an operating room without fainting. I brought a sample of the amniotic material and showed it to the students and discussed how we work with expectant mothers who donate their placentas after birth. Their reactions were decidedly mixed between fascination and horror.
“Doing the Career WorkOut made me realize how fortunate I’ve been to work in a very specific field with seemingly endless innovation. I wanted to let them know that a career like this is possible for anyone. I was an average student at best without an intensive scientific background yet found a career that has turned out to be pretty cool.”
If you want to have a go as a Career WorkOut guest, click www.worktree.org/events.