If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.
– Robert Fritz, The Path of Least Resistance
Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. It will give you a jump-start on a bright future while molding and honing your identity, personal fulfillment, lifestyle, income, experience, and skills -- making it exciting, overwhelming, and stressful. However, choosing a career path is so much more than deciding what you will do to make a living.
More than any other generation, today’s generation doesn't always land on their career paths and meet each of their professional milestones in a straightforward way; each has a long ongoing career process with many stops, detours, and decisions along the way. They yearn for learning, development, and a sense of purpose that best fits them, which sometimes leads to a waste of precious time in low-paying, dead-end jobs. But for many reasons, it doesn’t end that way. Nowadays, changing career paths is the best risk anyone can take. As Nomar Raimond Olivar, a Professional Teacher for two years, and now a fundraiser, once said: Being scared [to change your career path] will never be a reason if you are stuck in a rut and want to escape from the mainstream... Allow yourself to dream bigger than your fears; change is constant and failure can be positive. While for Lester Abonoles, a restaurant Manager for five years, now a fundraiser, said that: Exploring the new path of opportunity made me feel I had a viable future in a profession where I can earn a good living and be happy with what I am doing by letting me experience a new flavor of employment. In both cases, the risk of a career path can actually offer assurance that you are on the right track, that there’s some part of your day or week when you’re doing what comes most naturally to you and makes you feel at your most centered and authentic phase.
Finding a balance between personality and your job role is crucial in finding long-term happiness in your work. That’s why comparing and managing practical elements such as job satisfaction and security, salary and earning potential, experience, and skills set you have, and the local job prospects is a must when changing career paths. It is where you will realize that self-reflection and reassessing your career goals is important as you grow personally and professionally because it will ensure that your goals remain achievable and aligned with your interests.
In Fundpro Philippines, they involve their fundraisers socially to align their goal, commitment, and commendable effort to prepare them for yet another opportunity. They bring out the best in every fundraising officer in social work ethics through continuous training and honing of skills to help them open more doors for their holistic growth, to ensure that every team member is equipped with essential abilities and necessary skills, a positive attitude, and a determined mindset that represent and speak to the causes and missions of the company and its clients. According to Alissa de Castro, a Front Desk Associate for almost two years, now a fundraiser: This career [as a fundraiser] will teach us humanity, humanity that will unite people. I can say that I made the right choice to choose this path, to stay here in the Philippines, for these people need help more than ever. As for Nomar: Teaching and fundraising are two things with one goal -- to reach out or help others while helping yourself. But, their difference is the span, scope, and limit of the help you can give and the reward you will receive in return. Because aside from meeting new people, sparking conversations one can learn from, to monthly salaries, incentives, and giveaways, one can travel with their peers while helping other people meet the support they need.
Fundpro Philippines offers fun and exciting training, competitions, and surprise giveaways for its fundraisers to create a career that matters: a fun culture with a strong community, to strengthen the client-donor partnership, to further establish the company’s identity as an agency that can meet specific goals and designated targets within a set time frame, and to create a long-term impact on the lives of others. They guide and lead fundraisers to gain additional social awareness and emotional intelligence in business operations for effective leadership, job progression, and the well-paying income they deserve. Being a fundraiser at Fundpro Philippines will make you explore and dive into new opportunities to find true purpose and self-fulfillment that comes with both professional and moral growth and development.
Every now and then, you must examine, explore, and expand your limits because there is no harm in taking risks. Venture to the edge of your comfort zone to know your capabilities. When you know your abilities and your worth, and if you are willing to work on it, great things are possible.