Volunteer to learn about what you want

Volunteer to learn about what you want

By: Rebekah Abebe | ENGAGE Blog Writer
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As a new student to Simon Fraser University, I had a lot of anxiety about my future. I was unsure of what career to pursue. I wanted to experience fields that were of interest to me while I was a full time student. By volunteering I was able to try new fields without investing my own money into education or being pressured to stick to a task that I would find out later to be not for me. Online research is helpful, but reading someone else’s description of what to expect in a field can be very different from having your own experiences. Everyone has different levels of satisfaction and diverse points of view on the ideal job because each person is an individual. Your friends and family may encourage a specific career, but that does not necessarily mean that they are correct.

Even if you think you know what career you want to pursue, you may find out after investing thousands of dollars into education that the career you thought was right for you is far from what you expected. Moreover, part of the adventure of being a student is learning and I believe that learning is completed by transferring the skills that you obtain in the classroom to something concrete. Volunteering for a specific organization with its own goals can give you the ability to use what you have learned to help the organization achieve its goals. Through my experience volunteering at SFU I have gained a better understanding of what skills and talents I possess.

Posted on August 07, 2013