A few weeks ago I happened to attend a workshop on transformative entrepreneurship. During the summer I had started to volunteer for the Helsinki-based not-for-profit organization The Shortcut. The Shortcut supports tech startups by bringing people with different backgrounds together. They organize a multitude of events and trainings, for example an annual series of workshops, called School of Startups.
I was helping with the registrations during the School of Startups and whenever there was nothing else to do, I could participate in the sessions. This is how I found myself in this particular workshop about transformative entrepreneurship, which was really quite interesting and philosophical. The speaker was Sampsa Fabritius, CEO and founder of Kieku (an artificial intelligence powered podcast radio), and he started by asking us how we define success.
Yesterday I attended a workshop titled “How to shine at an interview”, which was jointly organized by Women for Women workshop Finland, Women of Aalto and EITWomen. And while the interview tips were not really new to me, the format and exchange with the other participants inspired me greatly and led to an surprising insight. But let’s start from the beginning.
With the end of the PhD studies coming closer I believe it’s a natural step to start asking yourself, what you want to do with the rest of your life. I certainly realized that, in order to find a job that truly excites me and with all the supposed opportunities awaiting talented women scientists, I had to first determine my passion and purpose.
What is purpose?
– I asked myself. Is it wanting to save the world? Sure, I recycle my waste, don’t drive a car and work to develop new concepts for drug delivery, but are all my decisions informed by a deep rooting desire to save the planet and its inhabitants. To be honest, not all. Continue reading “What drives you in life?”