One of the most valuable things that any professional can do is talk to the youth of this generation about their career. Professionals asked to speak to students should give their audience an honest look into what the work really entails while trying to get them excited about the prospect of one day having a successful career of their own and being a productive member of society.

As a defense attorney and a father, James Whalen knows from experience how important it is to get kids invested in potential futures for themselves as early as possible. That’s why he was thrilled to get a chance to speak to his daughter’s 8th grade class for Career Day at Rice Middle School in Frisco, Texas.

Knowledge of Professions and the Law Helps Kids Succeed

The only thing that most 8th graders know about attorneys is what they see on law shows and the news, so Whalen was happy to enlighten them with his personal journey to the law, what his job is like, and why he does it.

One of the most important things that he tried to hammer home was that becoming a lawyer requires a lot of hard work. You not only have to do well in high school and college, but also succeed in law school and beyond. That means learning as much as you can early on and sticking with your dream for many years.

But becoming a Frisco defense attorney was worth it to him because his job provides him with the opportunity to protect people’s rights and make sure the system stays honest. In sharing his experiences with the class, Whalen hoped to show them that you really have to fight for something if you believe in it or want it for yourself, because having that kind of drive is what will help them succeed as adults.