July 18th, 2021 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti
Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, individuals have begun to step up to promote change. Another inspirational organization that emerged during this pandemic is Career Bound.
Career Bound is an international student-led non-profit that aims to help high school students discover their potential careers. “For students that don’t know what they want to major in or do, we provide them with opportunities like webinars for them to meet different professionals in the field to discover their interests. For the students that do know what they want to know, we’ll provide the opportunity for them to connect and network with these professionals and help them gain skills they can use well into their careers“, says founder and executive director Jina Jiang, a high school graduate from Tennessee who plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study business in the fall. Jina started Career bound during the summer of 2020 when she noticed people around her began to lose their jobs because of COVID-19. She wished there was a career platform everyone could go to for everything, skills they need, connect with professionals, and network, so she created just that. “We’re always asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’, but we don’t really know. People just expect us to find out what we want to do without getting the proper resources to do so. With Career Bound, we’re trying to provide a resource for you to use, but it’s more of a community for all people to support one another through college, career, and beyond.”
To help high school students discover new careers and make professional connections, they host informational webinars and workshops, post informational resources on their social media page you need to succeed in your career, and plan to open a community platform! Career Bound hosts monthly webinars with professionals in different careers to allow students to understand different career paths. Details for upcoming and past webinars are found on their Instagram, and to view past webinars, visit their youtube channel! In addition, they post a variety of resources on their Instagram, including “what you need to know” about certain career fields” and “careers that best match your personality type”. Please consider looking into these helpful resources if you feel as though you are confused about your future career or just want more information! Lastly, a major project they are working on releasing soon is a launching community network that will connect students with professionals. Career Bound plans to have a network of professionals in various careers ready to assist students with any questions they have or post job and internship openings for them to gain experience from!
Interested and want to get involved? Luckily, Career Bound has both leadership and membership positions available! For the position descriptions, check out this link and apply here.
The Bizz USA recommends that you check out Career Bound and get involved! Their passion for helping students across the globe find their future careers are something the world needs a bit more of, and it’s impressive to see young leaders like Jina Jiang make a difference.
Check out Career Bound here:
Extra Segment: Entrepreneur’s Corner with Jina Jiang
A mini excerpt from the interview with the founder of Career Bound, Jina Jiang (JJ), interviewed by Haarika Kalahasti (HK), the Founder of The Bizz USA.
Q (HK): What has been your biggest reward and challenge?
A (JJ): “My biggest reward is the people I get to meet. I met amazing team members and new friends I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It’s also been great meeting the professionals and learning about new career fields and jobs. The most challenging aspect is with expanding outreach because I don’t have a lot of experience with getting the word out. But I’ve learned a great deal about how to because of Career Bound. Engagement is our challenge right now, but we’re trying the best we can!”
Q (HK): “If you had to give advice to aspiring, young entrepreneurs, and business owners, what advice would you give?”
A (JJ): “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s important to understand that you should have team members and advisors to help you along the way. Doing everything by yourself will lead to burnout and exhaustion, and you may even lose interest.