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How do you make a difference in the world through your career?

Asked San Ramon, California

Do you do things outside of your career? How do you combine your job and your passions, specifically through technology? #tech

3 answers

Edan’s Answer


Hi Anirudh,

That is a great question. I personally followed the path of pursuing a career based on my passion of making a difference. I work in the field of corporate social responsibility, meaning I manage philanthropy efforts of a for-profit company. I lead volunteer and giving engagement for our employees, so in many ways, I am able to combine my job with my passion of empowering individuals to make a difference.

I hope this is useful information. I am not sure what you are passionate about, but hopefully you are able to pursue a career and do what you love at the same time.



Edan recommends the following next steps:

  • What are you passionate about? Think about a few things that bring happiness to you and inspire you.
  • Research about potential careers related to the things you are passionate in doing. Ask questions via Career Village if you are unsure how to research the specific areas or functions related to the list of passions you listed.

Smita’s Answer

Updated San Ramon, California

That's great question Anirudh! I work for a company called Salesforce. Salesforce started Salesforce foundation the day they started the company. As part of this we have a 1:1:1 model which is we donate 1% of our product, 1% of our Revenue and 1% of our employee time back to community.

They create lot of volunteering opportunities for us to go work for non-profit orgs and do volunteering activities. We also can donate money and Salesforce matches up to $2000. So I make use of these opportunities and volunteer as much as I can and when I can.

Through this process , I also learned that there are tons of opportunities our there to give back like Helping Hands where you can volunteer. You can also make this a family activity. I took my children with me to Glide memorial and we served food to homeless people for 3 hours and that was a great way for me to spend time with my kids, introduce them to volunteering and build great values within my family.

I am answering these questions through such avenue and this is another way I use my career learnings to help others who are trying to build their career!

I hope this helps.

Smita recommends the following next steps:

  • You can look online on volunteering opportunities and I am sure you will find something of your interest whether it's environment, Animals, kids, hunger etc.

Reshma’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

There are multiple ways you make a difference in the world through your career .It may not necessarily be through charity or say some job related to social or environmental related work .

By becoming a successful entrepreneur ,you make a difference in the lives of a lot of people -people you employ ,people you trade with, etc .You can make a difference in a number of career options ,be it doctor, lawyer, scientist, software engineer,etc . All the gadgets that simplify modern lifestyle is the result of lot of coders ,vlsi engineers, scientists doing their work diligently

At the very least, you can earn lot of money and use it to improve the life of people around you .