Arthrex Inspires the Next Generation at CareerQuest
Arthrex President and Founder Reinhold Schmieding spoke to nearly 300 students from Seacrest Country Day School and other Collier County schools as the keynote speaker at CareerQuest on March 27. The program brings high school students together with professionals so they can learn more about specific careers before they go to college.
Schmieding shared how he discovered his passion when he saw a table with orthopedic instruments at a career fair and later went on to start Arthrex out of his apartment in Munich’s Olympic Village in 1981. He told the group, “Follow your passion and find out what you’re good at. That way it’s not a job anymore, it’s a hobby. Commit yourself and you’ll be happy.”
Seacrest Country Day Senior Isaac Wilkinson said Schmieding’s speech was inspiring, especially because he wants to be an orthopedic surgeon one day. Isaac said, “I’ve already had a chance to shadow a surgeon and seeing Mr. Schmieding speak has made the field even more fascinating to me.”
Senior Savannah Harpster has an interest in biomedical engineering and is hoping to get an internship at Arthrex this summer. She said, "I really like how Mr. Schmieding emphasized how well they treat their employees and it really makes it seem like a company I'd want to work for, especially since it's based in Naples. That's where I grew up, I'd love to come back here and work there.”
Following Schmieding’s keynote presentation, Senior Vice President of Legal John Schmieding and Senior Director of Corporate Communications Dennis O’Keefe spoke to a group of 65 students about the legal aspects of starting a business and the wide variety of internship and co-op opportunities available at Arthrex. They explained that although Arthrex is an orthopedic company, it takes many different teams to run the business—everything from machining to accounting to website design. Later, students participated in small group breakout sessions with local professionals where they could learn more about specific careers.
Seacrest’s Director of College Counseling Amy Feins is proud of how the program has grown over the past four years. “For these students, it’s all about the connections with professionals, connections that can lead to internships,” she said.