Not only is being a camp counselor fun. You get to live away from home, play games, enjoy the outdoors, make new friends, and all while you make some money. It’s also a great way to put something on your resume.
It’s truly an awesome first step.
Premal Shah, founder of Kiva, talks about going from camp counselor to management consultant, and the value of learning how to breaking down problems into manageable chunks.
There’s a quote by Howard Thurman that goes “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, for what the world needs most are people who’ve come alive”.
The first thing I did out of college is I was a camp counselor at a camp, and I learned so much from the young people that I was working with. And then I had to take a red-eye flight to New York to start my first job as a management consultant, and I was like a fish out of water there after working at a camp all summer.
But at the management consulting firm, I learned about the power of making big problems smaller into fixable chunks and that was a very important tools set. Whether it’s taking a whole industry and breaking it apart into kind of smaller components and then analyzing that, or using Excel to be able to kind of map out a decision tree, there’s a set of tools like I felt like I learned in that first job that really has helped take something as lofty as a mission to alleviate poverty and break it down into small possible chunks.