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Sarah Hafter

Business and Education Partnership Coordinator
Tell us a little about your background.Sarah Hafter

I’ve lived in Johnstown my whole life, except for the few years of college. I attended and graduated SUNY Oneonta in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science. My intent was to be a teacher. I taught at a preschool in Albany for 2 years, but in 2014, I decided to go back to school for dental assisting. After four years of working in the dental field, I was ready to move on. I was waiting for the right opportunity, and when I saw the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce posted this job, I knew this was the change I had been seeking. Deep in my heart I knew I always wanted to be an educator, and now I’m working with the education system, but in a nontraditional way. This job is the best fit I’ve ever had, satisfying my desire to be involved with students.

What exactly does your job entail?

Through the chamber, I work to connect local businesses with the HFM PTECH and Agriculture PTECH programs. I seek out businesses to partner with our programs, help bring in mentors and guest judges for projects. I help students build their resume and cover letters and help place them in internships and jobs.

What do you like best about your job?

I think what I like best is the interaction I have with students and the growth I see in them. It’s such a sense of accomplishment and pride I have when I have helped them construct their resume and they use that same resume to get an internship or a job.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I love to read! I’m always buying books on my kindle. I enjoy old-school video games like Mario. I recently bought a very nice camera, so I’m looking into growing that hobby. I enjoy traveling all over the world and have a special place in my heart for the ocean!

If you were able to talk to your 15-year-old self about life, careers and happiness, what advice would you give?

Don’t rush life. It’s OK to set goals, but don’t make them deadlines. Every day is a learning and growing experience.  I’m still learning something new about myself or something around me every single day. I’ve become more of a “go with the flow” person as I age, and it’s made me happier. A big lesson was realizing that sometimes in certain situations you have to do what’s best for YOU. That’s a hard lesson to learn — that you can’t please everyone.

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