I’ve always been happy to make time for students or new professionals who ask to do an informational interview with me. I love the energy and enthusiasm of people just entering our profession – I am often re-energized myself after these types of meetings! While I hope they get value from talking with me, I think I often get as much or more out of the interaction.
Giving back to my profession in this way is one of my values. I received so much help when I was new in my field that I’ve felt that it’s my duty in part to return the favor.
And the circle continues: I’ve found that in sharing my time and knowledge with others, I’m again in a place of receiving – gratitude, respect, honor.
How are you giving back?
What values do you honor when you give back?
What do you receive when you give back?