As part of my studies in computer science, I had the chance to take part in three professional experiences in the past three years. Each experience really helped develop my skills further, as well as gaining self-confidence and finding my technical interests in the IT world. Even then, I was missing something, without which, I felt absolutely uncertain about my future: that was a Purpose.
I like making websites mainly for their ability to reach out many people and to give birth to strong communities with comparatively little effort. I see the Web a bit like a big jam session where everybody plays their own music, and people who resonate to it add their contribution and become part of the harmony. Currently too many people play Dance when they’d like to play Bluegrass, just because it’s easier to make money from it.
It’s a shame. One should be able to spend their time doing what they like and earn a reasonable amount of money from it. And I think that’s what Enspiral does for people who want to make the world a better place. I am currently volunteering two days a week on Bucky Box, a project to change our food system to a healthier and more responsible one, as well as being contracted three days a week for the Ministry of Social Development. This balance of paid work and community involvement is now crucial to me. It gives me a path to follow, another reason to wake up in the morning, and substantially, hope for the future.
I’d say the main conclusion of my internship so far is that the flight from France to Wellington was SO worth it! Thanks to all the like-minded people I’ve met through Enspiral, I know I don’t necessarily need to set up my own business to work for good. Yet, I might create a few ventures along the road, because I feel it’s the most challenging and efficient way to make things happen. And challenges that involve changing the world are a lot of fun!