Are you finding your passion and sense of purpose?
October 18, 2017
One of the core features of the Competitive Edge Program is finding your passion – what drives you, motivates you and gives you a sense of purpose. In the Competitive Edge Program and in your role as a PCA you should be asking yourself these questions. Does this kind of work drive me? Am I motivated to work with my client? Do I feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of a shift – a sense of pride, a sense that I made a difference today? Are these things important to me on a daily basis?
Student Experience is a place for you to test your assumptions about yourself. We want you to ask yourself these questions and explore what you thought working in a care setting would be like and how you respond to the challenges and situations that you’ve confronted. Student Experience is also a place for you to test your assumptions about a career field and if it is a good fit for you. What do we mean by fit? What do we mean by purpose? What do we mean when we say passion for what you do?
Careers in healthcare and education are rewarding to many because people know on a daily basis they are doing work that matters. Work that feeds a sense of meaning and purpose. At the end of each day, people know they have made a difference in someone else’s life. How do you know though as a college student that you will find that meaning and purpose? Start by being aware of your feelings at the end of your shift as a PCA. Do you have a sense of pride? Did you do something, even if it was small, that you know made a difference? Are those you are working for appreciative of your efforts and do you gain a sense of gratification because of that acknowledgment? Do you find yourself thinking of ways to bring new ideas to your cares? Do you feel energized at the end of a shift?
The Competitive Edge program offers the opportunity to do a number of activities that challenge you to answer these questions. It’s often why graduate programs require you to write a purpose statement as part of your graduate school application process. We would encourage you to explore these questions as challenging as that may feel. They are critical questions to think about as you face decisions about your career path both in terms of academic choices but also choices related to gaining work experience and expanding your career options. Talk to professionals you encounter working in the fields you are interested in about their sense of purpose and passion. You will not only hear interesting stories but, you may be inspired by their passion for making a difference and be able to see the similarities within yourself.