Any way you look at it, the answer is yes. (Go ahead, choose your angle.) Perhaps it’s clear to some, but we’ve noticed students often equate active citizenship to a career path; they’re often fearful that active citizens need to enter the public service or nonprofit sectors in order to claim that identity.
Of course, there are active citizens who choose those fields, but active citizenship is broader than making a career choice. Active citizenship is a lens through which we see the world. It's about identifying your skills and talents, building relationships in your community, and taking action (through direct service, advocacy, or philanthropy) around issues you care about.
Everyone can (and should) put community first. Our society needs active citizens who are accountants, chefs, lawyers, construction workers, artists, or insert your dream career here. A flourishing society needs folks in every field who believe we all benefit when every single person feels safe and receives justice and respect.
Sound like a lot of work? It is! Active citizenship takes continual effort and practice, but the potential of a society of active citizens is thrilling.
Regardless of what career you choose or what stage of life you’re in ask yourself - how are you working to prioritize community in your values and life choices?