Investment & Outcomes

Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Troy Katterheinrich

Troy Katterheinrich '16

Finance, Minor in Minsitry

Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Describe your current job role:

I currently serve at Spanish River Christian School as a Middle School Math/Robotics Teacher. This is a full time position and I love it. I enjoy interacting and encouraging students to pursue their God-given passions and dreams. I teach Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra, and coach a Robotics Team that competes statewide.

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

Prior to this job, I have had time working in vocational ministry at Christ Fellowship. This is the church that I grew up in, so I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to work full time at such an incredibly built Church. I learned a ton there and was invested in spiritually and professionally. I worked for a few years as student at PBA for PBA Reslife, Urban Youth Impact, and Chick Fil A.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I wish I had known that it’s possible and fun. Entering the workforce is a scary thought for a college student. What I have learned the past couple years is that there are plenty of people that care. Find a place to work with a strong, loving staff culture. I have experienced the fruit of that. When I am not sure what to do in my specific role, I know I have people that are right beside me ready to help. You will be spending most of your life with the people your work with. Find what you are good at and what you enjoy, then go work with fun people. That has been my experience and it is truly priceless. 

"...there are plenty of people that care."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

PBA prepared me in great ways for the real world of work. First and foremost, I was encouraged at PBA to take advantage of internships. This is so significant. Every job I have had since PBA has come from my internships. The business classes prepared me by making me familiar with the languages of business and the many different routes available in post-college life. PBA opened and challenged my imagination in terms of my future jobs. Also, working in Reslife developed me professionally unlike any other experience I have had. Travelling abroad with the PBA Missions sharpened my worldview as well. I grew spiritually, mentally, and professionally at PBA. 

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Stay in God’s Word and seek wise counsel. Decisions made as a college student were not small decisions by any means, but when you enter real life they become huge. Decisions like where to live, what to do, how to budget, and more. With these in mind, the importance of staying in God’s Word cannot be overlooked. God’s Word is “a lamp to our feet”. Lamps don’t light up an entire pathway, but it will always light up your next step. Staying in God’s Word will help you see what’s next in your life. It will also set your priorities in order, which helps in decision making. Also, have wise counsel in your life. Become friends with experienced people that believe in you. Ask a lot of questions.

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

Yes, I have been mentored. This changes everything. It’s a must. It will never hurt and always help to have a wise sounding board in whatever field you are entering. It’s also biblical. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22


Spotlight posted in December 2017. For current updates from Troy, visit his LinkedIn page.

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