Careers should be chosen by interests instead of salaries. Although income is a determining factor when deciding on what career to go into, ultimately, I feel that most important factor when deciding on which career to follow is if you truly enjoy the work. For me, the only way I can see myself enjoying my career is if it gives me the opportunity to directly help others and the American Red Cross has allowed me to do this during my time with them as an AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps member.
As an AmeriCorps NPRC member, our main responsibility is to go on disaster responses throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and provide assistance to families that are affected. For Southeastern Pennsylvania, most of the disasters we respond to are fires and we usually approach the disaster right after it occurs. When I encounter clients, they’re usually distraught and scared for what their future holds, but after speaking with them and providing them assistance, I quickly see their emotions change from relief and joy. It’s this change in emotion that motivates me to get up every morning and commute over an hour to come into work. Working with those affected by disasters is a rewarding experience and makes my time with American Red Cross truly meaningful.