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Reflections from a MNHS Volunteer

By: Rebekah Bjork | November 4, 2019

Kseniia is a volunteer at the Minnesota Historical Society in the Business Intelligence and Process Improvement department. Below is a transcript of an interview with her.

Why did you start volunteering at the Minnesota Historical Society?

I made a decision to join the Minnesota Historical Society in July, 2019. Becoming a part of the local community is one of the most exciting parts of my life! I like history, and by looking back to the past in our history, I think we can better understand the present moment and predict our future. History helps us to track our origins and compare past patterns with present and future patterns. Modern technology teaches us new ways to do things. Minnesota Historical Society gave me a great opportunity to join the Business Intelligence and Process Improvement department as a volunteer! I am very grateful for this opportunity! 

Why have you continued to volunteer at MNHS? 

I would like to make an impact! Volunteering gives me a chance to be a part of something bigger than myself and use my knowledge and experience to make a positive result for a whole team. It’s a great possibility in my life and an invaluable experience. Another reason to be a volunteer is to learn new things. By taking the time to learn a new software-program or get more experience in the SCRUM approach, I am opening myself up to new career opportunities.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer position?

To be a volunteer with Business Intelligence and Process Improvement team is a good way to make business relationships by working together on projects. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization!