ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- A Mamaroneck architect and a surgeon and hotel executive from Tarrytown highlighted their careers for teenagers at Alexander Hamilton High School recently.
The trio was among 30 professionals to visit the school Dec. 6. The guests talked about their experiences and gave advice on different careers.
A drama coach from Random Farms Kids Theater, a real estate financing attorney who works on Wall Street, and marketing representative from the Westchester Knicks, were also on hand.
Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, a plastic surgeon affiliated with Phelps Hospital Memorial Center, recounted her life’s experience as a doctor and counseled students to work hard in order to get ahead in their chosen professions.
Linda Ferone, executive director of sales and catering at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Tarrytown, described her duties and what it takes to get a job at the popular hotel. Ferone said she is involved in event planning, budgeting and other aspects of management.
“What you need most to get a job at the Double Tree are people skills, common sense and the ability to work hard,” she said. Ferone is responsible for generating several accolades for the hotel, including awards from The Knot, three Diners’ Choice awards from Open Table and two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards.
Alexander Hamilton alumnus Meagan Rivera, now an architect at Keller/Eaton Architects of Mamaroneck, recounted how she got her job.
“Architecture is such an intense program in college,” said Rivera, telling students how she held a supervisory position at a local Staples before getting the coveted job in the award-winning firm. “I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today if it weren’t for some hard times.”
Rivera said that since joining the firm she has worked on a million-dollar landmark building renovation in New York City and smaller projects around Westchester.
“It’s exhausting, but I love what I do,” she said.