Town Leaders Share Career Insights with BHS Students

BHS Guidance counselor Brian Dechellis (far right) organizes a career speaker series for students, recently he was joined by (left to right) Superintendent Phil Conrad, Town Manager Sarah Stanton, Director of Public Works David Manugian for a discussion on careers in government. Courtesy Image BHS (c) all rights reserved

Two key leaders in Town Hall spoke to Bedford High School students last week about how government was the right personal career choice and how its impact can be felt by every citizen.

Bedford Town Manager Sarah Stanton and Director of Public Works David Manugian paid a visit to BHS on Oct. 25 as part of a “career speakers” program. Speakers are there to educate high schoolers and field questions on their respective career paths.  

Stanton said, “There is nothing more rewarding than public service” and then talked about how she enjoyed seeing the immediate impact of her work.

When asked what her favorite achievement is as Town Manager, she said she took pride in the Bedford Food Pantry, which now serves some 175 households. 

Manugian described the Bedford town government as “generalists” as opposed to specialists. He went into detail on how his department handles many things that help keep Bedford residents safe. He described his job as a “puzzle” with many moving pieces and says he enjoys the people with whom he works.

When asked what advice they have for high schoolers, their response was the same. Stanton said, “You should vote as soon as you can… vote, vote, vote.” Manugian agreed, advising students to “take advantage” of voting.

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