It’s been 4 months since I first started my work on WYGU. Back then, only a handful of people were entering the website everyday. They became the core team of WYGU – hopefully a great work and team experience for them, since they got to know the subtleties of the website and acted as true ambassadors to other users. Due to their dedication, a whirlwind began. Together we got in contact with our 150 mentors, trying to see how each of them would be of help to our huge community of disoriented users. We each talked to hundreds of people, discovered new personalities, dilemmas, ways of life. Some even built friendships.
An outsider would see the difference today. We are still few (compared to the total number of users), but we slowly started being a community. We are several dozens of people who enter WYGU now and then, every couple of days, ask questions, share thoughts, and chat. Chats are the hidden part of our interaction on WYGU – you cannot see it in the feed, but it’s the true backbone of the community.
Who are we? We are a community of people who wish to do something about their life. On one hand, the mentors are those precious few professionals who are not only good at what they do, but they also wish to help others find their way. They went through the same dilemmas, through the same difficulties, and wish they knew earlier that life doesn’t really end when you wish to change your career or when you cannot find a job. On the other hand, the mentees are those who are brave enough to admit something is not fulfilling in their professional life – they either got in the wrong profession, or they just cannot see how to get their first job, or how to evolve professionally. This is the first step: admitting there is something to improve in your situation.
To build a career is not to follow a universal recipe. And this is where the confusion lies in most of our mentees’ minds. One thinks he probably did something wrong, since he went to study, followed his parents advice, and yet something doesn’t work because he doesn’t like it anymore. Or he doesn’t get any work offer although he went to hundreds of interviews. The WYGU community shows, through its interviews, Q&A’s and private discussions, that this kind of dilemmas arise all the time, and they are actually a natural part of the process. You are not alone, this happens to everybody.
WYGU is a community of people who question; who admit; who share; who build; who hope. And, after 4 months, I am proud to be part of this community.