Monday, September 26, 2011

You’re Doing What With Your Major?

                                         Spotlight on UK Alumnus Dr. D. Lamont Smith

Major: Advertising/Journalism (Communications-1997)

Current career: Doctor of Chiropractic, specializing in Active Release Techniques (ART)

Brief description of career path: Upon graduating from UK, I got “stuck” in a sales position. Although I was good at it, I did not enjoy what I was doing .So I found myself at a crossroads when I was selling cell phones in a mall kiosk. I had a talk with myself and said “This is for someone else. This isn’t the place for you.” After speaking those words to myself, I decided to reflect on the things I enjoyed doing and classes I enjoyed taking in the past. And then I remembered when I was in the 10th grade, at Lakota High School, taking Mr. Moore’s athletic training class and loving it! I also recalled being in the training room and the Nutter Practice Facility, and knowing the “medical” lingo I was hearing. At that moment I decided to talk to my dad about chiropractic school, because he’d mentioned going back to school for chiropractic in the past. He introduced me to his chiropractor and my mom’s friend introduced me to his chiropractor, and within two weeks of the initial thought, I was enrolled in school to start taking my prerequisites. I became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2005.

Favorite UK memory/class etc.: There are many, but I will only share three. Academically, the one that really sticks out for me is when I was in my Advertising/Journalism class we were paired into groups to work on ads for the “new” Kentucky Thoroughbreds hockey team. After presenting our ads to the Kentucky Thoroughbreds ad/marking executives, several of our ads were chosen. Another memory was when the football team beat Alabama (1997) for the first time in 71 years. I was on that team. And lastly, I have fond memories of interning in the UK Media Relations office the summer before my senior year. I met so many good people and wished that I would have had more time to spend with them.
Class I wish I would have taken at UK: Biology and Chemistry because it would have fast tracked me into my new career - LOL!

Next dream job: To be the football team’s chiropractor for my alma mater…(smiling).

What I know now that I didn’t know as a student: What do you mean? I was like every other college student… I knew it all! Seriously, I wish that I was more informed about internships. If I would have known about internships, it would have been a great opportunity for me to gain experience in my field of study.

Advice to others considering a job or career change: Decide what you are interested in. Weigh the pros and cons and if the pros outweigh the cons, consider conducting informational interviews with someone in that field.