Knowing exactly what path you are going to take is hard. When I first started my degree in Business Management, I was not sure what the future would hold for me. But that's changed thanks to ARU.
When I started my degree course, I was just an 18-year-old girl straight out of high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to eat for dinner, let alone decide my whole future.
But something I have learnt is: nobody can ask you to just know. It’s a journey and a process, you start by evaluating what you are good at, your passions, your aptitude. Then you discover hundreds of new passions, and your inclinations evolve. But there will be something that stands out, something that will make you ask, 'Why I didn’t think about it before?' That’s when you know!
That’s where I’ve just got to.
As a Business Management student, I have a world of opportunities at my feet. During my studies, I learnt I was good with marketing content and the digital world thanks to the involvement in a marketing summer internship with the research team at ARU.
From studying different modules over my last three years, I knew I liked strategy, economics, and accounting. Basically, during every module, I thought 'Ah that’s what I want to do.' But of course, it wasn’t. Then just out of the blue everything came together.
After millions of applications for summer internships, volunteer positions and challenges – I realised my goal was quite simple. I wanted to do good somewhere. Even if it just made a difference to one person.
That is why I’m working to build a career in sustainability. The ultimate goal, in the long term, is to work for a consultancy company, and help businesses meet their 'green goals' both for policy regulations and corporate social responsibility (CSR), by using the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 guidelines.
Right now I want to learn about sustainability in the different industries, because the fact is that sustainability, more than a role or something specific, is a mindset and a way of living. You can find it everywhere, in every job.
That is why, right now I’m doing an internship with a start-up that focuses on the implementation of the circular economy in the food industry, and during my spare time I am using learning tools such as LinkedIn Learning and UN CC:e-learn (the United Nations learning portal), to amplify my knowledge. Luckily, I also have some modules on the matter, and they are helping very much in the understanding of the roles available and the objectives to follow.
I haven’t set a plan B or a back-up plan. I don’t have any, and I don’t want to have any. I am so proud that I’ve realised what I want to do and I can put everything in motion to help me achieve it, before I have even graduated. Why wait?
I’ll keep you posted on my journey... And remember, don’t let anyone tell you what you are going to achieve in your life: the sky is the limit.
Sofia studies Business Management at ARU. Find out more about this and other courses at one of our Open Days.