On a cold winter day in December, Jey Balachandran received a call that would unknowingly change his life. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto, he followed a passion and gut instinct that would see him in sunny California working for what was, at the time, a small tech startup. Today, Jey is the Vice President and Architect of Doximity, a popular online network for health care professionals.
I became a youth mentor in January of this year. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. While some may hold the misconception that only the mentee benefits from the program, they are wrong. These last six months as a youth mentor have helped me develop and bridge the gap between the person I am and the person I want to be.
Growing up, my parents never set the stereotypical Tamil expectations for me to become a doctor, lawyer or engineer. They just asked that I find a well respected and financially stable occupation to avoid the hardships they endured immigrating from Sri Lanka to Canada. So at age six, my mind was made up.