Northern Midwest KADIWA explore career opportunities
By KATRINA SHORT and MARK ANDRO T. MILAN
Date Posted: July 11, 2021
To help students decide what career path to take, especially in the light of the pandemic’s impact on people’s way of life, KADIWA members from the Ecclesiastical District of Northern Midwest participated in a Career Q&A activity conducted through videoconferencing on June 13, 2021.
Led by district KADIWA officers, the Church members learned about the various fields open to individuals, from the medical field to engineering to media and the arts.
Sister Jessica Geis, event coordinator from the Local Congregation of St. Paul, Minnesota, said, “A lot of the KADIWA members might not be sure what career field they would like to be in, or [they] may be in a career field right now, but they might not like what their job is, so this [activity] was to help them see different career paths that they might want to go into.”
The question-and-answer session was the highlight of the activity. The brethren were grouped into different breakout rooms based on their interest such as medical, education, finance and accounting, engineering, media and the arts, and science and technology. Each breakout room had guest speakers who presented their respective fields.
Mikee Miranda, guest speaker from the Local Congregation of Chicago, Illinois, said, “The brethren are interested. After our presentation, they have some follow-up questions which [we] were able to answer so it was a very great experience.”
Another guest speaker from the same congregation, Mary Damian, said, “It’s really hard to get started into the field or career of your choice. I also realized that there’s a lot of brethren, especially the younger brethren, who do need help choosing their career paths or has questions on how to like ‘get their foot in the door’.”
The most-heard advice from the guest speakers especially when they encounter challenges, was to trust in God, for He will not allow them to be in a situation they cannot handle.
One of the organizers, Brother Cameron Waterman, ministerial worker, said, “The brethren understood that if you prioritize God, whether it’s school, work, or family, God will never forsake you. God will never leave you alone, and He really does give blessings to those who trust in Him.”
Formerly named “Midwest,” the Ecclesiastical District of Northern Midwest is the Church’s fifth ecclesiastical district that was established outside the Philippines way back in June 1991. It was renamed a decade later to distinguish it from its offspring, the Ecclesiastical District of Southern Midwest. At present, Northern Midwest is consisted of 22 local congregations, two extensions, and 14 Group Worship Services (GWS) throughout the America’s heartland, from North Dakota to Arkansas and Minnesota to Tennessee and West Virginia. Its district office is located at 1500 N Mason Ave., Chicago, Illinois. — With reports from INC News Section