Peter Micciche has a number of jobs, so when Skyview High School invited him to speak to a career pathways class, he had plenty to talk about.
Students heard about his role as Soldotna Mayor, Senator-elect, Conoco Phillips Plant Manager and as a commercial fishermen, then asked him how he spends his time.
“The most important thing that I did today was to meet with a company called ENSTAR,” Micciche said. “We have an impending shortage of natural gas in the Cook Inlet ... if we were to have to supplement with diesel at some point that would increase the cost dramatically and many businesses that are now barely making it would no longer be able to make it.”
Stephanie Dolan, 15, asked Micciche about his least favorite part of being mayor.
“I think that things that can be frustrating are opportunities to bring people together,” Micciche said.
He turned it around when another student asked a similar questions.
“What is your most frustrating class?” he said.
When she responded with one word: “Math,” Micciche laughed.
“When you conquer math you’ll be able to look back at that frustration and think of it as an opportunity because it’s important in everything you do,” he said. “I’m not the kind of person that becomes frustrated and walks away from problems.”
After the class, several students said they weren’t sure if they aspired to any of Micciche’s jobs, but had ideas of what they wanted to do.
Dolan, a freshman who introduced herself as “I’m interesting,” before continuing on to talk about why she could not currently get a job because of her age, said he wanted to be an interior designer.
Jesse Meier, 14, said he wanted to fish, but wasn’t sure if he could pursue it as a career.
“I like doing a whole bunch of things,” he said. “I would like to be a doctor, be in sports, but I really like cooking, so I want to be a chef,” he said.
Several students said the class was required for graduation and said they were exploring ways to get into college or go into a career upon graduating.
Micciche told them they could try several kinds of jobs to figure out what they liked, or didn’t like.
“I never want to be a waiter again,” he said.
“I am not good at that kind of service.”
But other jobs, he said, such as his time a restaurant owner, landlord and house painter gave him valuable insight into industry.
“I think the most important thing is to be the one that guides your own way and not get pushed in a direction because of bad decisions,” he said.
Rashah McChesney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.