The Importance of Volunteering in Esports
I am fortunate enough to have a full time paid job in esports. I’m living what many people would refer to as “the dream life.” It may not be exactly what they expect, but nonetheless I have turned a passion into a career, which in my opinion is living the dream life. I am here today because I began with (many, many hours of) volunteer work. Here’s why you should do the same.
Most young adults live their life on multiple social networking platforms. I bet you have a tab open right now with Twitter, Reddit or Instagram waiting to be browsed. When you begin putting in volunteer hours, you find yourself surrounded by like-minded people. They share your passion, your devotion and perhaps your end goal. When one or two of those people find themselves in the door with a paid job, your work ethic can be the pathway to your job interview. If you take volunteering seriously, your connections can be the one clear direction to your dream job. Making friends and proving your worth can only pay off in the end!
Finding that motivation day in and day out can be a grueling reality at most jobs. Surrounding yourself with passionate people is a good starting point. There are always going to be days where you find yourself empty of fuel, but when you show up to do your part, you can always feed off the energy of other people who are there for the most genuine of reasons.
As I mentioned earlier, working a job in esports is “the dream life” to many people. However, once you start doing the work, sometimes that can be fractured. Volunteer work is helpful because the ideal fantasy can be put to the test. You’ll find yourself doing work that isn’t fun, that you wouldn’t always choose to do. Instead of diving head first into the field, you can test out your preferences and strengths. Guide yourself into the field by giving volunteer hours each week.
Take volunteering seriously. Make friends, find your inspiration and garner direction. Even if your volunteering never advances beyond that, you’ll find your time wasn’t wasted.