If you ask a typical boy from New England what he wants to be when he grows up, chances are one popular answer would be "I want to play for the Red Sox!"
Well, for current Suffolk University senior and 2006 Fall Mountain Regional High School graduate, Mike Lawlor, working for the Red Sox organization as an ambassador in the Fan Services and Entertainment Department, might be the next best thing.
"I am currently finishing up my senior year at Suffolk University in Boston, while majoring in business management with a minor in marketing.
"A lot of my classes helped me develop the core skills I will need to succeed and exceed at my job and in my career. Work ethic, passion, dedication, trust, and balancing time-management, along with developing the appropriate people skills is huge in my department because of our interaction with the fans.
"Suffolk is also conveniently located only about 15 minutes from Fenway Park, which saves a lot of commuting time.
So how does a college-going, life-long Sox fan from Walpole end up finding a job with the organization?
"Well, I have always wanted to work in Major League Baseball and specifically for my hometown Red Sox," Lawlor said in a recent interview.
"It was at the beginning of 2009 when I suddenly realized I need to get started on pursuing my career, so I got in contact with a Red Sox scout named Galen Carr and he forwarded my information to the Sox' Special Projects Coordinator, who called me in for an interview for a summer internship."
Lawlor was disappointed when he did not get the internship because the interview process had already been closed before his interview, however, was thrilled when asked if he was interested in a job interview.
"My heart almost leapt from my chest," Lawlor stated. "A few days later I drove down to Boston and interviewed for a job in the Fan Services and Entertainment Department.