On January 12, ten PhilDev-Shell scholars participated in a career guidance session with Randy Reyes, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead of Google and a pioneer of Google Philippines. The session was about career-building while pursuing personal passions.
Most fresh graduates go through the challenges of determining a career path to pursue after graduating from college. This is also the case for many of PhilDev-Shell’s scholars as discovered by PhilDev’s Scholarship team during the scholars’ peer counseling sessions. One of these challenges is deciding whether to pursue a career they are passionate about or a career that will better the lives of their families and provide them with financial stability.
The session with Randy is part of the support services provided to PhilDev-Shell scholars. The PhilDev Science and Engineering Scholarship (PSES) program go beyond funding talented students from various universities in the Philippines. It also provides support services such as peer counseling and career guidance to motivate scholars to perform better in school and ensure holistic development as individuals.
Randy shared his story and his journey to Google. He highlighted the importance of building confidence and leveraging on one’s strengths when finding one’s calling. He also emphasized to the scholars that it is normal for them to experience these kinds of challenges.
“The idealization of finding yourself, I think, is something to reckon with in general, but I don’t think it’s like one and done. I think you’re constantly trying to negotiate it and figure it out...and it’s okay,” Randy said.
Closing the session, the PhilDev-Shell scholars sought advice from Randy regarding balancing career and volunteering. Randy has volunteered to various social causes and advocacies while pursuing his career in the United States. His stories strongly resonated with the scholars since many of them are also involved in volunteer work for various organizations.
As parting words, Randy advised the scholars to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as they reach for their goals in life.
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