Adriano Clemente, BA’18
Adriano works as a Mentor Coordinator at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Adriano currently resides in Burnaby and shares his experience living an intentional life. Read more about how Adriano has followed his passions and interests with his degree in Sociology, and his advice on living an intentional life.
Tell us about your role
My role involves creating, supervising, and supporting intentional mentoring-based relationships between adult volunteers and youth across various communities in the Lower Mainland. Mentoring Coordinators assess and screen potential volunteers and families, and match them accordingly based on a variety of overlapping interests and similarities. Further, my role involves creating and facilitating 'Youth Development' workshops for youth involved in our agency.
What does “living an intentional life” mean to you?
To me, living an intentional life is about making a conscious effort to live a life according to your own values and pillars, and to construct your lifestyle through your own lens. Living with intentionality means to sit back and evaluate your passions and interests, and then make the decision to align your life while keeping those principles in mind. It is about setting short term and long term goals you care about, cultivating them, and making them happen.
Has your passion or interests ever influenced your career?
It's been a combination of the two, and I recognize that I have been fortunate enough to be able to pursue my passions and interests, as that is not always the case for people. I’ve realized my passions and interests had given me clarity in finding meaning in the work I do, and the push to start my career in the field of Social Services.
What advice do you have for those who are looking to find intention in their career?
Finding intention in a career requires time and deep reflection, and accepting that it is a never-ending journey. Make career choices that best align with you and do not succumb to the pressure of living up to societal standards by compromising your passions and interests for those of others.