A-Player Story: Luís, who flew to the outlying regions of Kenya to implement an educational program for local students.
When we talk to you about the culture and ideas of our partners, you often ask, “What’s the trick?”.
Luckily, all the tricks remain on our side. And the main trap is set for our own team: when we increase the success of our startup partners- in response, we need to reach the best talent for them. And our product companies are requesting not only extra expertise, but individuals of entirely greater magnitude.
For such people to be able to “shine” in the right teams today, they inevitably need not only master-level experience, but also a rich personal background. We pass through dozens of stories per week and sometimes can’t keep the impressions they leave to ourselves. We want to share our perception of how many outstanding people walk the same roads with us and remain marvellously modest at the same time.
For example, we are inspired by cases like Luís: as a member of AIESEC, he flew to the outlying regions of Kenya to implement an educational program for local students. “Going there, you understand that the locales differ in the pace and quality of education. But you have no idea of the real scale and how much you should edit and adapt the educational programs, filling all the existing gaps in their learning by your involvement.”
We are familiar with the pattern ‘AIESEC alumni = potential A-Players’ and use this hint both when sourcing talent and when deciding to start cooperation with a new company. For example, among the top performers of our client Mindvalley, there are many people from such organizations.
But after graduation, not everyone continues to participate in volunteer programs. Luís is an exceptional example. A strong full-stack engineer for five days a week, he is a firefighter during his off time. “In my country (Portugal), most of the emergency management is carried out through non-profit initiatives and volunteers. I completed specialized training and now I’m gaining experience in this craft so that I can contribute to the safety of my city and beyond. At the same time, change the static mental work, physical activity that benefits others.”
Sometimes it seems that such volunteering is just a drop in the ocean. But what are any of the oceans if not a plurality of drops?
Luís’s consciousness and philanthropy are obvious in every action. “I want to work with impact-first products, and I don’t want to waste my resources on other options. If I’m not working on something that has a practical result on people’s lives, well, I could just play a game because the results will be the same. But if you invest your days in creating something, then let this creation help a lot of people. “
And the same criteria when you make a decision predetermines the success of any chosen option. “It’s more important for me to work on something that has a positive impact on people’s lives, than a positive impact on people’s pockets.”
If A-Players Community was an ordinary organisation and took care of setting an attractive “social package”, we would definitely add a point about “meeting inspiring and fabulous people who are endlessly giving birth to your faith in humanity every day.”