Giving back to the community has always been something that both Tina and I have been passionate about. While working in various roles over the years, we have each, individually, and together, organized volunteer opportunities for our co-workers. When we first started dreaming about simplyHR, we both knew, that at the core of our business values, would be giving back to the community in which we live and work.
Last Friday, I was able to take time away from simplyHR and volunteer with Junior Achievement. If you are not familiar with Junior Achievement, they are a non-profit that provides education to K-12 students in 3 key areas: financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to go into a classroom of 8th graders to talk about various topics surrounding career choices.
As I stood in front of the class of 8th graders, I found myself inspired. Here was a group of young adults, whom I had already made preconceived notions about their dreams and aspirations for their futures. I figured this generation of students would likely want to grow up to be musicians, actors, or celebrities. I was pleasantly surprised to find just the opposite. The student's aspirations ranged from becoming EMTs, software engineers, lawyers, counselors, graphic designers, and teachers.
Mirakle, a student who dreams of becoming a lawyer, said: "it is important to study a job so that I know the things I need for the job." A big focus for the day was to let the students know that they should not blindly choose a career. Moreover, that each career choice comes with its own requirements for education, certifications, and training. "I learned that there are a lot of jobs out there to discover," said David, a student that is still trying to figure out if he will end up choosing a career as an audio engineer or counselor. Another student stated that they "learned a ton about getting a head start on learning about future careers." While I may never know the full impact, I made on the students; I know that my time was well spent.
I was personally rejuvenated after spending the day hearing about the career goals of each of the students. I cannot recall what my career goals were when I was in middle school, but I do know that life has taken some twists and turns. I feel so fortunate and blessed to be an entrepreneur. To be able to get up every morning eager to go to work.
I will end this blog, with my favorite comment from one of the students. After our activity about the differences between a good and a bad employee, a student who aspires to be a chef in the future stated that it "made me think about not being like Gordon Ramsey and mean to everyone." So, my advice for the week is to not be like Gordon Ramsey, but be more like an 8th-grade student, wide-eyed and ready to take on the world.
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