An exciting journey
With a total of 122 participants, it was exciting to see the breadth of diversity in each individual’s Lifepath and being in the privileged position of having a sneak peak into Cambodia’s (and beyond!) dreams and aspirations.
At Enfants du Mékong, we worked with a crowd of 40 of the most talented students coming from the provinces all over the Kingdom, sponsored to pursue their studies and get vocational training in the capital. Ambitious and driven, this dynamic group was an inspiration to work with. When asked what their favourite part of the workshop was, many of them referred to letting adjusting their behaviour to meet their goals.
“My favorite part [of the Lifepath workshop] was "choose our behaviour" because sometimes I notice that my behaviour is not related to my beliefs and my goals. So it was really important to me to re-define the way I act”.
At PSE, our work consisted in running the Lifepath with the teachers (English, Maths, Physics) to have them help out next time round when we would run it with the students. However, they did enjoy this as an experience in its own right, generating powerful insights:
“Before the workshop I have been through tough times in my life without any motivation. After the workshop I have found that I was the main reason for that: I did not believe in my own abilities and made myself stuck in the past.”
At ITC we had our biggest crowd to date, with 55 students in engineering, computer science and IT. The energy and dedication shown by the group was great to see and allowed us to get a better understanding of the factors pushing them towards a certain professional direction. In a country where parents' opinions matter greatly in a young person’s career choices, it can be quite confrontational to look at what the individual goals of the participants would look like if they didn’t need to worry about what their parents thought.
As for our monthly Open Lifepath, it works as a great platform for the transient (mostly) expat community of Phnom Penh to redefine their personal and professional goals and explore the world that lies beyond their limiting beliefs.
“My favourite part was bringing out in the open my fears and anxieties (and goals and dreams), and having people commenting and providing feedback. Exposing what troubled me and hearing people's opinion help me see things under a different light. The warm atmosphere made this personal exchanges possible.”
If you too are interested in bringing meaning to your personal & professional life on an individual level at our Open Lifepaths or would like to bring meaning to the work of your employees in a company context, please do not hesitate to contact Cambodia Country Manager Bettina Guirkinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Director Jessica Macias for Malaysia and beyond at email@example.com