It all started when I first joined Deloitte in 2007. After getting introduced to the Firms’ culture and vision at that time I was feeling, like most of us, skeptical and asked questions about the meaning of life. Am I living my life based on my beliefs, and values? Do my choices represent the things that really matter to me? Am I the fully differentiated, unique being I was born to be?
Corporate responsibility being core in Deloitte’s culture offered me the opportunity to volunteer and impact people’s lives in so many ways.
One of the most remarkable experiences is my last volunteering with Injaz by delivering the “Steer your career program” designed for university students; the mixed feelings I had after getting the opportunity to impact young people’s minds and attitude made me realize that when people connect amazing things happen.
Having never taught university students before, I didn’t really know what to expect when I first entered the class. I went to Antami, a non-governmental organization, in February in order to deliver the “Steer Your Career” program that was all about preparing students to recognize and meet the challenges they will face in the real world. This experience served as a huge help starting from the resources I received all the way to the mindset I established by sharing my personal experience and gaining other people’s confidence and trust.
The beginning of the session was exciting, the room was occupied by around 30 students from different backgrounds and each one with unique aspirations. Once I moved into the first topic, the room started to feel like a real smooth space. Topics covered such as oral and written communication, leadership skills, teamwork, internships and searching for a job led to a sea of questions. I tried to create a welcoming environment where students are able to express themselves without judgment.
As the material was distributed, it was not surprising to see the students’ need to be encouraged and motivated; however, with time we connected and with their engagement at a peak I was able to easily deliver a glimpse of what work life is and help ignite a passion for the coming steps in their career path.
After each session, I had interesting discussions with some of the students who were eager to get more answers. It was the time of my life, I was very happy to be able to convince them that when equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence, they will be accelerating positive change in their lives and futures.
2 weeks after the program finished, I received a call from one of the students thanking me for my advice which helped her find the job of her dreams! At that moment, I realized that this year I have taken chances, made mistakes, and grown in many different ways. This year has reinforced my love to give back, and I am looking forward to taking chances and growing over the years to come.
Finally, I was able to find the answer to my questions, and “create even greater scope and opportunity to make a difference…”. We are the impact that we choose to be.
by: Raymonde Naim, Assistant Manager, Human Resources, Deloitte, Middle East
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