My sunshine boy, Scott is an amazing creator – most of the time. He brings sunshine into the room with his big beautiful smile, and easy personality.
Scott was coming home after completing his second year at university. He wants to be an accountant. So this summer he wanted to work for an accounting firm. It would be perfect! He would get relevant experience that he could put on his resume for later, and it would be far easier than the construction work he picked up last summer to help pay for his school.
We know a couple of accountants in town – but let’s face it, we aren’t really friendly with them. As far as we could see there didn’t seem to be any postings for internships at any of the firms in our area.
Typical of Scott, he had put it out there, but he hadn’t really done anything about it. It wasn’t as if he had taken the time to prepare an appropriate resume that he had sent out to at least fifty firms requesting for an opportunity to intern. No, he hadn’t done any of that. He was coming home in about two weeks and we figured, he would start looking after he arrived. For the moment he was busy getting through is year end exams. Just as a fall back, the only thing he had done was to send an email to the construction company from last year to see if they would have him again this year – but that was it.
His father just happened to be at a Chamber of Commerce event one evening. He just happened to meet one of the other members who ran a small accounting firm with his wife. He apologetically let it drop that his son was coming home for the summer, and if you were looking for a summer intern could you please let me know if you would like to interview him?
Would you believe me if I told you that this accountant was actually quite happy to have a summer intern. He would talk to his wife and revert back. He did so within two days. All was well. Could he get a copy of Scott’s resume? And, they needed someone who had a driver’s license so that he could run errands. Then he apologized because they could only offer five hours a day at $15 per hour. Seriously!
You think Scott was up-set? He was blown away – his job was lined up and ready for him at least ten days ahead of his coming home! And it was way above minimum wage (which is what he would make working at retail like other summer students). The only thing was, Scott didn’t have a driver’s license. He knew how to drive, but he hadn’t driven since he was last home for Christmas. He wanted to take his road test, but his dad didn’t think it was a good idea just yet. And yes, it was his dad who told his prospective employer that Scott could drive (technically speaking, Scott could drive, he just wasn’t licensed to!)
Well, guess what Dad was all for it now. He even took the time to book the road test for Scott. And guess again - there was a slot available on Friday, two days after Scott’s return home and the Friday before the Monday on which he was to start work. Dad worried that if Scott failed the drive test, he may not be able to start work on Monday. But Scott was cool with it.
Two days of driving practice, and Scott breezed through the driving test – no problem. He started work on Monday as scheduled. And instead of the five hours he had been promised, he started averaging seven hours within a week. They have already made him a job offer – which being as smart as he is, he hasn’t accepted, but at least his internship for next year is already in the bag (should he want it)…I have a feeling that next summer he will aim at one of larger accounting firms, and because he is my sunshine boy, I know he will get what he wants.
It is wonderful to watch how powerful the young ones are – truly we should just leave them alone and not color their view of the world with our beliefs.
Now you know why Scott is my Sunshine Boy.