It has been quite a year. Since January, I have been eager to explore a career social innovation, particularly through social entrepreneurship. Some would deem me as to being too worried – I still have one academic year to decide what to do after graduation.
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Fast forward to 7 months later, I’m still torn whether to engage in corporate or start dedicating my life to social entrepreneurship. I believe there are people in the same predicament as me.
After an internship with the Visayan Forum Foundation, doing a thesis on sustainable entrepreneurship in the Philippines, having a part-time internship in the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundatoin, studying a class of corporate social responsibility (COSORES), and enrolling in a Social Entrepreneurship and Good Governance Training Program in ADMU, I’m still searching for the answer. Funny how these things may appear to be many in number, and sometimes others may mistake me that I am 100% certain of my career direction, but still I’m uncertain.
What I know is that I know little. Ironically, the more I search for answers and competencies, the more I realize that I know little. And this little knowledge and experience sometimes paralyzes me to have a leap of faith.
However, what I also know is I’m searching for a career I can integrate sustainability and responsibility while having the ample material wealth I need to start saving for the future. My short term need is the material wealth security, but my long term need is to have spiritual wealth as well.
Almost 10 months to go before I decide whether to start in corporate or start early in my pursuit of social innovation. I admit, all the activities I am engaging with in these times can be so tiring. But I know they are essential if I want to have a clear, informed decision of what to do with my career.
So, I pray that God would give me the strength to continue this ardent pursuit to integrate a lifelong career with what is the greater good. To continue with the classes and the internships and give it my all.
My own hero’s journey continues. Will I immediately take the call to the unknown or special world?