WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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at a business event a few years ago, one of the guests at our dinner table suggested as a con- versation starter that we all take turns and describe our first job out of college. Most of us were baby boomers of a similar vintage, and we all entered the workforce during a deep recession. My husband's recounting of his first job got the most laughs (a story for another day) and, all in all, there were some pretty good tales to be told. What struck me the most, though, was that only one of the ten people (an attorney) is still doing what he set out to do after college. Today's "Millennials" are also having a tough time finding meaningful and lucrative employment upon graduation from college, and writer Elizabeth Suneby explores this topic in her article in this issue titled "Landing That Elusive First Job Out of College." The five recent college graduates she interviewed, however, seem to be an exception to today's norm. These bright young people who grew up in Wellesley and Weston are incredibly focused and have combined hard work with internships, networking, and patience to land jobs that fit into their desired career path. My job today is much different than the one I envisioned for myself after graduating from college. My goal was to own my own advertising agency one day or at least run one. Instead, I went from event planner, to copywriter, to full-time mom, to part-time writer, to editor of this great magazine. I can't believe it's been ten years since Beth Furman and I first met for coffee at the Starbucks in Wellesley. It has been a wonderful experience, and I can still honestly say that I love what I do. Thank you, Beth, for giving me this opportunity. Throughout the last decade I have made new friends, met incredibly interesting people, challenged myself professionally, and felt a sense of pride and accomplishment when each and every issue is published. My built-in cabinets are filled to the brim with more than forty issues, and, yes, I still go back and reread articles. I'd like to thank the talented group of freelance writers who I am privileged to work with and learn so much from with every issue and our longtime proofreaders /copy editors Martha Proctor and Lauren Wetherbee. I'd also like to thank Peter Baker, Troy Santi, Sharon Peck, our sales team, and all of our loyal advertisers. I'd especially like to thank you, our faithful readers, who enrich the editorial content with ideas, accom- plishments, and opinions. I love the emails and phone calls I receive with story ideas that fulfill our vision of a magazine about and for the people who live and work in our towns. The past decade has been wonderful and, judging from my photo, I haven't aged at all. Enjoy the summer! 12 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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