Written by Renee Masur
"I noticed a pattern. All of the people I went to highschool with had no idea what they wanted to do. They moved day by day through their courses
hoping for a career epiphany. When graduation finally arrived they were forced to choose a university program. This would decide what their future would look like, even though they had no idea what the world offered. No one was solving this problem. So I created Sokanu.”
—Spencer Thompson-CEO, Sokanu
What do you want to do?
It doesn’t seem like that big of a question. Perhaps you already know the answer. You may already know what you like to do. Maybe you have a bucket list of all the things you would like to achieve in your lifetime. Another question may be: What do you want to do with your life?
This is the question most of us knew was coming when we were children spending our time on playgrounds making new friends with schoolmates. Some people know inherently what they are meant to be. From the time they know their interests and identify what they want to do, they figure out how to get there. Not everyone knows.
I always thought finding my perfect career would just “click” one day. I would discover what it was I needed to do and the adult version of myself would figure it out. The question “what do you want to be when you grow up?’’ came from my parents, grandparents, and my teachers. Not long into Grade 10, I was sitting in a career office with my classmates and sheets of paper before me. We were told to check off boxes that would begin to forge the path to our careers. The classes I chose would decide which direction I would go. That direction would decide what university programs I would take and those university programs would decide which jobs I would apply for. What I thought could be put off until I was an “adult” was suddenly laid out in front of me, requiring a signature that said, “Yes! This is what I am meant to do.” I didn’t even know what options existed out there, just that I had to decide on something.
As I moved through high school, I still had no clearer picture of what it was I was meant to do in my life. And what confused me more were the mixed messages from the adults in my life. “You have to pick a direction to take!” all the way to “You have lots of time to decide.” Who was right? The more I listened to everyone else the less I could hear myself and the more confused I became.
How should a person decide what they are meant to do? This is a huge problem that needs to be solved—so where does one begin? It starts with understanding who you are.
As you grow, so will your experiences, which in turn begin to shape you as a person. You learn what you like and dislike, things you might like to pursue, and you cultivate new relationships with people you want to have in your life. Somewhere during all these experiences your character starts to develop and you start to have an understanding of yourself and who you are. This is when you begin to discover the pathways that may lead you to what you are meant to do.
Sokanu exists because we want to help you understand who you are as a person. We’ll hold the mirror up for you so you can see with greater clarity who is looking back at you. And while we’re holding the mirror for you, you will be freed up to go after those things you need to pursue.
We believe there is something inside you that intrinsically knows what you need to give to this world. Not because you need to prepare for your financial future, or learn a set of skills; all of these things are important. On a more meaningful level, there is a part of you that needs to give of itself to this world for the sake of giving. We are all meant to contribute something. We want to help you discover what that is.