Yutthakrit Chalermthai

David Gum Awng
David Gum Awng

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally.

David Gum Awng, 24
Myanmar Institute of Theology
Business Development Analyst, Imperial Merit Education Group

David Gum Awng credits his education with preparing him for a career. “Four years of college with a series of internships, group projects, missions failed and accomplished, eventually built up self-confidence and analytical skills in me which made me ready to face the challenges of real life,” he says. David says he also benefited from participating in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, which enabled him to spend a year at a U.S. university, where he and other students worked on projects that brought “out the best in our personalities.”

David believes that education is one of the biggest investments his country can make in its youth. That’s why as a YSEALI member he started the School of Passion, which promotes education among young people in underserved communities by providing free and easy access to books. David hopes to eventually establish a number of mobile libraries around the country.

David’s tips for success:

  • Know what you really love to do. You have a lifetime to work, so find out what it is you’re passionate about.
  • Know your limits. That means being fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your likes and dislikes.
  • Test the water. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and you never know which one you will end up with. So be patient and keep improving your soft skills. Begin your quest by exploring different places until you find the right one.