During Jezuba's GenZ Career Series webinar, as we were discussing the difference between soft and hard skills, Rebecca, co-founder and director of Jezuba, brought up that I have developed an exemplary set of soft skills through my time at Jezuba. Though slightly embarrassed by being thrown into the spotlight, I was taken aback by her honesty. Had it not been for Rebecca’s comment, I would have never noticed this growth. Her words stuck with me as I reflected on my journey.
I started working for Jezuba during my sophomore year of college. At that time, I was clueless as to what I wanted to do career wise. Eager to learn but with nowhere to start, Van, my leadership coach from Braven, introduced me to Rebecca. From there, I joined Jezuba as the very first intern. Starting as a content strategist, to becoming the co-chief of staff and now the operations manager, I was able to experience all the ups and downs of a newly launched business and nonprofit organization. I have been so proud to see Jezuba's growth as we added more interns, took on new projects, and engaged in a large audience but I never realized that with Jezuba's growth, came my own.
My reliability has always served as a foundation for me, but I now know that I am also capable of taking on new challenges and learning new things. Engaging with passionate professionals, expressing my thoughts to a larger audience, organizing meaningful events, and connecting people around the world to make our team- all of these opportunities were only possible because Jezuba encouraged me to challenge myself.
Jezuba's goal will always be to empower youths to make an impact. Now, as a recent graduate and official staff member of Jezuba, I truly understand this simple but powerful mission statement. I’ll forever be thankful to have received this chance to get started on my journey and will work to pay it forward.
I hope this also serves as a gentle reminder to everyone getting started on their journey that hard work will never go unnoticed. Be kind, be forgiving, but most importantly believe in yourself.
Credit Lauren Young - Jeju Island, South Korea.