Why I’m pursuing a career in helping people.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” — Margaret Mead

I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by some very inspirational, motivating and compassionate people. Both inside and outside of the education system that I’ve been lucky enough to receive.

Through a global non-profit initiative called Enactus, I’ve been humbled to have visited the beautiful countries of South Africa, China and Mexico in the last 3 years. This year, the Enactus World Cup was held in Johannesburg. It was here that 3,500 of the world's future student leaders gathered to showcase the good and social impact they made in communities around the world.

So, what did I make of Johannesburg? In parts, it was too dangerous to walk down the streets. We heard horror stories of people being shot and killed for stopping at traffic lights. None of this is in the media because it is part of the everyday lives of the South African people. A reality that shocked me.

Enactus sent 3,500 of the world's future leaders to this extraordinary place. But why Johannesburg? I think they wanted us to see what living in a country like this is like and the reality of it all. But they also showed us the beauty of it all. We saw first hand Nelson Mandela’s ‘Walk To Freedom’ Nation and how it’s thriving after 20 years of freedom. To see businesses thrive thanks to initiatives such as Richard Branson’s school of entrepreneurship was nothing short of inspiring. To see the rhythm of the people of Johannesburg, to jive with the Soweto Gospel Choir and meet the wonderful, friendly people that live there. To observe this truly beautiful country was a life changing experience.

This really made me think. What do I want to do? Anyone can go far working for a company’s vision, but why not work to help people instead? I think you can do it in any place, job or college, but first, you need to open your eyes to your surroundings. Pick a cause that resonates with you. Something you want to change. That’s the only way to be passionate about something and to find a value in what you do every day. The one job or cause that can make you cry and laugh. The opportunities to become a part of something more are vast and truly unlimited around us.

With influencer’s such as Arianna Huffington constantly talking about the importance of time and how to slow it down, it’s emphasising that for the rest of our lives we will be “busy”. Busy working, graduating, raising kids, then busy avoiding teenage kids! So, why not spend it being busy doing something we love?

Influencer’s such as Simon Sinek are telling us to find our “Why”. Why do we do what we do and why do we love it?

Find your why and follow your heart.

@Katie_Mannion