It is completely normal for us to have no idea what we want to do. Nowadays, the average person changes jobs 10-15 times in their life.

Current Programme Administrator for Go Think Big, Anika Keys, was interested in starting a career in the psychology of advertising after completing a degree in psychology and criminology.

Earlier this year, Anika successfully applied to VCCP Ad School through Go Think Big and also came to our Network and Skill event in London. She applied for an opportunity with Given London and was unsuccessful, but she persevered and applied for a paid internship with Go Think Big and has been here for three months! She says it’s “been the most perfect job for me because I get to help young people through providing opportunities.”

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Anika tells us that working at Go Think Big has changed her idea of a dream job – “I was really set on using my psychology degree in marketing, but now I want to work for a charity and make a difference.”

“You want to work for a company that does more than just make a profit, something that has an impact,” she adds.

So if you’re having trouble deciding on which sector to work in but know you want to make a difference, maybe a career in the charity sector is the way to go. We’re not knocking other sectors though. After all, you could work for a corporate company and deliver so much good to the world, these are just a few reasons why the charity sector rocks.

If you needed more convincing, here’s why the charity sector could be the place for you…

1. You get to develop multiple skills

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An admin job in the charity sector is rarely ever just an admin role. Anika says how she “enjoyed working on our opportunity with O2 and SBTV as well as getting fully involved in the project funding side of what we do.” As well as helping events to run smoothly, Anika shortlists for work experience opportunities and even implements writing skills to make our opps stand out!

Most of the time, especially in a small charity, you’ll get to try your hand at loads of different skills. So when it’s time for you to move on, you can fill your CV with a ton of stuff.

There’s also flexibility in this, one role in the charity sector doesn’t mean you have to stay in it forever, it might just be the perfect stepping stone to your next career.

2. There’s a way to champion any cause you care about..

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Whether you’re passionate about young people, raising awareness about mental health or protecting animals – there are so many charities out there that need that passion more than anything.

Have a look, there’s charities that raise awareness about debilitating illnesses like Motor Neurone Disease, those that help refugees and migrants, save the environment and so many more.

3. It can help with your mental wellbeing

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The feel-good factor is a great reason to work in the charity sector. As well as helping people with their mental health and wellbeing through charitable work, let’s face it, helping others can do wonders for your own mental wellbeing. It has been proven that giving back and helping others in a constructive way makes you feel good.

4. Inspires an appreciation of life

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Following on from that, we all get tired of our day to day lives and easily get stuck in a rut. Even though this is universal for any job, and all of us sometimes feel like that – when you’re working in the charity sector, Anika says, “you see the impact of what you do really clearly and it motivates you to keep at it.”

Usually by helping others in need, it can inspire you to excel in other areas of your life too. It also creates a feeling of appreciation and fosters in us a sense of purpose. Every day, we’re helping someone to achieve something and that’s something to be proud of. You can wake up every day safe in the knowledge that what you do, matters.

5. You leave behind a legacy

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In a 50-year stint of working, we spend around 13 years working. 13 years! And with our emails at our fingertips, the average time we spend working from home unofficially is around 5.3 hours a week.

We want to look back at that time one day and see that it all meant something. We want to know that we’ve left a legacy.

According to a study, the thing that people wish they had developed the most in life wasn’t success or fame or wealth. It was relationships.

Being part of a team of like-minded people can definitely impact this. Anika says, “Everyone I work with is really nice and we all have the same vision.”
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If any of this sounds good to you, head over to Charity Job and see what’s out there. Even if you didn’t want to completely change your career, all these charities out there definitely need volunteers. You could always find a cause you care about and dedicate a few hours a week, it’ll feel amazing. Trust us.

 

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