“If you look back at your life, your dream career was always there.”
This was one of the best self-reflecting quotes I’ve heard at an event, because it’s true. I was always torn between going into business or teaching – neither did I actually love. I eventually decided to go into marketing, which was something I definitely enjoyed. It wasn’t until I started my first internship at the Heart & Stroke Foundation, did I realize that I loved working for a charity.
After completing my internship and going back to school, I realized how much I enjoyed it. Not only because it involved event planning and marketing, but because the work I was doing was making a difference and having an impact in the community. The next summer, I decided to complete another internship at the Heart & Stroke Foundation, but this time focusing on marketing. I LOVED it even more! This time, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do in my future career. But why didn’t I realize this earlier? It was until I heard that particular quote at the event, that I then realized it was always right in front of me.
Looking back, I’ve always enjoyed volunteering and fundraising. When I was younger, I’d strive to be the top fundraiser for Jump Rope for Heart. In addition, I would volunteer at camps, bake sales, fundraisers, school events and I went above and beyond for my high school volunteer hours. I would even donate to every charity box I saw lying around in stores. This is how I found my passion for philanthropy. My advice – open your eyes & reflect, your dream career is right in front of you.