The sort of job one chooses upon graduation is certainly one of the most critical decisions that a person ever makes in his/ her life. Because the first job that you take is just not another job ,it will decide how you grow as a professional and give you a pathway for the future. When I started thinking about this I first understood the magnitude of the decision I was going to make. If I wanted something worthwhile, something I enjoy doing and at the same time something that would provide me a platform to jumpstart my career it was very clear that I would have to give ample time to get to know just what I want and need to do in my life.
I have always been passionate about social causes even starting my own student run NGO, so it was very clear that this was the field of my choice. Being a social entrepreneur has taught me both the upsides and downsides of being one. It has taught me a lot but perhaps the biggest lesson that I have learnt from it all is that I still have to learn a lot. Hence I have decided that the best thing to do would be to work with some organization in the field, and in the process of this quest of mine I haven’t been able to come across a better organisation then the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. What really impressed me about this organization was the unique way in which they chose to deal with only the toughest and the most challenging problems that this planet faces. Another brilliant thing about the organization is the way it chooses only the best with the most passion to work with.
Analysing data and identifying patterns has always been a skill set that I have possessed and has been further enhanced as I have progressed through the years in my electrical engineering course. I think I would be best able to thus serve in a position in the strategy and finance department. My passion and past experience would further only complement my ability and capability for the post. It might be a challenge to prove to people that the independence that I have gained from my stint in entrepreneurship would still allow me to work under some one, but I suppose my experience of working in teams would certainly over shadow that and make it an unlikely possibility that the organization would think that way.
When it comes to increasing my chances of getting selected I think the bigger and better my NGO becomes the better chances I have f getting selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The fact that my NGO works in 2 of the sectors that the Foundation is highly involved in is a huge advantage. The fact that we have a couple of mentors guiding the strategy of the Ngo who are experienced and knowledgeable also allows me to learn from them as well as grow. I think Oikos will play an even more pivotal role in shaping my career if I am headed in this direction because sustainable development is the eventual goal(or atleast should be)of any organization hoping to make a lasting impact. I think even the network that Oikos provides a member at the local chapter can be massive if you are just able to leverage it.(Thank You Oikos)
I hope I am able to secure a position at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation it would be a truly be a dream come true.
This post is by Abdul Rahman Zafar from oikos Vellore. Zafar studies Electrical Engineering at VIT University in India and is a member of the Board of oikos Vellore.