In high school, I used to help out at the local health center with fundraising, paperwork, invitations, the whole kitchen sink. After high school, I’ve been involved with The First Tee, an organization that teaches values and ethics to young individuals using golf as a medium. As of recently, I’ve also been helping out with Minds Matter as an SAT tutor helping teach low-income yet high achieving high school students. There are so many great organizations out there to get involved with, whatever your experience or passion. I think it’s human nature to give back, to share what you have learned with others, which was a large part of my reason for starting “The Vampire Squid”.
Through my volunteer experience and starting TVS, I’ve had a few takeaways that I thought I’d share:
- Teaching others helps you learn as well
- You know more than you think you do
- Anyone can have an impact
Through starting TVS, I was expecting maybe 100 listeners if I was lucky. Little did I know that I would strike a nerve and address an issue that many others also think is very important. To be honest, my experiences are not all that different from the thousands of others ex-investment banking analysts, but I decided to share my experiences in the hope of increasing transparency in finance. I hope that TVS will inspire at least one of you to share your experiences and to helps others as well. All it takes is a little courage!