Shortly, after my graduation, I joined a large corporation in Shanghai. I never thought that I would spend my professional career at only two corporations but they provided great continuous and comprehensive work environments in which I received corporate trainings, mentorship, and was stretched with each new assignment and challenge. Unlike many of the current young professionals, I did not graduate from school with a clear carrier-oriented goal or plan. When I look back on my career path, I see the beauty and benefits from the lessons learned both big and small and planned and unplanned. I believe the good experiences are not the only blessings, but rather that the difficulties times are also necessary gifts.
Over the years, my interests have allowed me to better understand my strengths and talents. I was continuously and consistently pushed to learn and adapt which has helped me to become a self-starter and quick learner. This was not always the case but came with time and a lot of work. During my time in the corporate world, I also developed a lot of treasured friendships. My coworkers became dear friends. We shared similar goals and experienced laughs and tears together. These relationships made it very challenging for me to decide to leave my position.
While I cherish my time in the corporate world, I also experienced the frustrations that often come with large companies such as inefficiencies due to the large structure. After many years of being commercially driven, I reached a point where I aspired to play a more meaningful role in my city and my country. I wanted to leverage my gifts, my experiences and knowledge for a social cause. After years of serious deliberations, I finally decided to pursue a different carrier and different life.
Though I knew nothing about the social sector, I had heard of SVG through friends. After chatting with the SVG team, I better understood the organization, its importance and mission. The staff is formed by a group of lovely, talented and passionate individuals who are contributing to China through its projects in the social sector. I was really impressed and motivated by their impact. In the end, I was very happy to join the team.
I have been now been a part of the SVG team for two months and even during this short period of time, I have personally seen the good work done by our NPO partners and the positive impact through the various projects and partnerships with foundations and organizations in other industries. The importance of the social sector is becoming more and more clear to me. I am very excited for what can be done and will be done to change lives for the better and support this country.
Contributed by Sarah Li