February 12, 2014, by Beth Dawson
How Sheetal Went From Taking the Limelight to Giving Back
By Sheetal Mistry, BA History (2014)
When I was little, I wanted a job as a performer
I loved dance and attended a lot of classes. My dance classes were the one environment where I felt I could genuinely express myself. Plus, I liked that it was different and away from school. I hoped that I’d be able to dance forever and become rich and famous!
When I was 16, I had my sights set on a career in law
As a teenager, I became very good at arguing – I’m sure my parents would agree! I’ve always thought that careers that support people and promote justice are inspirational.
I wouldn’t be happy unless I felt my career was making a difference
In terms of my career goals, I have no specific job in mind at the moment but I know I would love to work with young people, or in an organisation actively focused on ‘giving back’ – the idea of working within the public or charity sectors really appeals to me. I’m one of those people who wouldn’t be happy unless I felt that my career was making a difference.
Now I’m researching what’s out there
Perhaps project managing for a charity or working abroad would suit me. I work for a youth charity and find that watching kids grow into passionate, young people makes all my hard work worth it! One day I’d love to be able to manage and organise these projects.
I’m going to continue working for my youth charity and I’m researching internship opportunities with charities and youth related organisations. Over the next few years, I hope to volunteer or work with young people abroad.
I believe that travelling is one of the most eye-opening experiences anyone can have, so I want to do more of it while gaining work experience! It might be challenging, but my plan is to remain open-minded and make the most of every opportunity I’m offered.
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