Yesterday afternoon Yair and I stopped by the University of Oregon for an a capella show. The performances were wonderful and the energy of being on a college campus was contagious.
The visit got me thinking about the environment of hope and optimism that surrounded me during my undergraduate experience, and the energy-infused “we can do anything” approach of my go-getter International Relations crew at Johns Hopkins. We were going to do big things and change the world for the better. We weren’t going to wait until graduation to get started, so we jumped in by founding organizations like Vision Xchange. I was psyched to graduate a year early in order to embrace the world and make my mark.
But I soon discovered that most jobs were monotonous or tedious or worked you way too many hours or involved a grinding commute (cough, Deloitte, cough). Finding a cause to be passionate about is easy, but it’s much harder to find a position where the day to day is more-often-than-not fulfilling. For example, earlier this week, I started volunteering at Goodwill’s Prosperity Center. I tweaked a few resumes but spent most of my day researching job openings, printing out the postings and categorizing them by industry. I understand the direct impact that this could have in enabling people to find jobs, but what a tedious thing to do!
Neither of these opportunities are the right long-term fit for me and I might be better suited for directing a place like the prosperity center, but I wonder if jobs exist that are actually exciting, enjoyable on a day-to-day basis and would allow me to “do big things and change the world for the better”.
…Or was that just an illusion that we dreamt up?
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