Category: career guidance

The career crossroad…

What do people consider when looking for a job? Is it more important that you have job satisfaction or that you are paid well? Or are you like most people thinking of a job in terms of survival and therefore, it is about the pay cheque and nothing more? Are you in a career that has growth potential or are you working a 9-5 job with no prospects?

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I took this picture myself while at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay…a little fun habit I have picked up to create a collection for my blog.

My time is running out and in four months I am facing another life transition, this time from graduate school back into full-time employment. I have started asking myself serious questions. I have been wondering whether I have the luxury to choose a satisfying work environment, doing what I am passionate about (working with children), choose the perfect location where I can thrive or I will be faced with taking the first job that comes my way? Is there such a thing as a perfect career choice for a new graduate? I feel like a new graduate even though I have years of work experience prior to coming back to university. This is because I might transition into a completely different career than the one I was doing. I will let you know what that is once I figure it out. I took my thoughts to Twitter the other day too:

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I know there are people who are experienced in this kind of thing and they make so much money giving people career advice. I am so sure that most of their clients are people who find themselves at crossroads like the one I am currently on. I feel worse because I have no clue what I want to do, so even doing a job search is tedious. I have to first figure out where I want to go, what job fits my skill set and what the next year of my life can possibly look like. That’s right, a year is as far as I can think right now.

I know from discussions with two people close to me that I am not the only one going through this. Some of my friends are starting to have these same questions early on because they are questioning whether what they are currently doing is what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I can imagine the situation is worse for my peers back home where unemployment rates are way too high to even consider options other than survival. You hear people encouraging youths to become entrepreneurs, but can we all become entrepreneurs? I am of the opinion that there are people who do well at starting and running their own businesses, but it is not for everyone.

So I pose this question to you guys, how did you decide what you wanted to do for the rest of your life? Did you know instinctively that was the right direction to go or you got some help? What can help in this process?

Maybe you can help me clear my head.

GG

 

 

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Why I decided to be a mentor…

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Quote by Jason Early

Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

Mentorship is something I always had an interest in. In fact, when I was growing up I wanted to be mentored by some successful person. As a highly ambitious person, I knew from a young age, that I wanted to do big things and realised early enough that in order to achieve my dreams, I would need to learn from the best. In essence, that was all I knew about mentorship and I wanted it. I never got to have a personal mentor myself but in all honesty, I had a lot of informal mentors in my home{ my mother being the main one}. I just never had a professional mentor giving of their time to assist me.

Fast forward to 2015…about a decade later, I found myself voluntarily signing up to be someone’s mentor. It was a proud moment and that is why I am blogging about it today.

So why did I do it?

  • I just feel that I have a lot to share with the world and I want to explore as many platforms of doing that as I can in this lifetime. I am all about giving back where I can and it starts with really small efforts to see a change in the world one day.
  • Volunteering is a passion for me and when this opportunity to be a volunteer mentor came up I jumped at the idea.
  • The idea of a young person so hungry for knowledge, especially about my area of expertise #socialwork , excites me. It makes me feel like I am making a difference.
  • I love the feeling that I am responsible for the guidance and personal development of another individual and that they look up to me as someone who can actually be their guide.

My mentee is a recent graduate who is trying to enter the field of social development and wonders how she can do it. I will be working with her for a period of six months and I am so excited to start.

This is an open call to anyone who feels the same passion to share what they know. Join me in the mentorship world. It is fulfilling to be in touch with our humanity and share what we know without expecting anything in return. It is such a refreshing thought in this greedy world we currently live in. Volunteer in your community, mentor some youth today, do something for someone just because…Trust me it is worth it!!!

Drop a comment if you want to know more about how you too can become a mentor.