The First Hurdle – Choosing a New Career

Today I sat down and thought about what I want to do in terms of my shiny new career. Nothing came to mind. I have absolutely no idea. I know I want to work for a charity, preferably one that works with children but that’s it. That’s all I know and my entire future rests on that (ok, well I might be being a bit dramatic there, but you get the idea).

So, rather than making decisions, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk. I think I’m starting to get quite good at running away from things in my old age. When I’d cleared my head a little I returned home determined to take the first step towards a new career, made a cup of coffee in the new machine my mum got me for this Christmas and sat down with my laptop.

Time to research a new career

I thought about what I needed to do logically and then took the following steps:

1. Google – I Googled UK based charities and made a list of them. I knew from the outset that, although one day I’d love to work for an international charity, that for the time being, I was looking for a UK based job so this was a good place to start.

2. Research I visited the websites of each charity and read what they do, what their mission statements are and where they work, crossing off ones that I didn’t immediately feel drawn towards. I think it’s really important to love what you do and, if you don’t fully agree with what a charity (or company) does and stands for, then the chances are, you’re not going to love the job. One things, for certain, I want my new career to be something I’m passionate about.

3. Listing Applications and Deadlines – Finally, I visited the “Careers” section of each website, considered the jobs that I thought I might be suitable for and made a list of them and what dates those applications close. This is when I had to brutally honest with myself and consider which roles I was actually suitable for even though it meant crossing a few really exciting sounding jobs off the list!

I then spent all afternoon filling out the first application from the list. It was seriously difficult, there was a long list of questions and only 5,000 characters allowed for the answers. Having said that, I’m confident that I was at least able to answer each question. Anyway, it’s done. I’ve taken the first step towards my new career and have a list to work through for the rest of the week.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to blog about every single application I do, I just feel like I’ve overcome the first hurdle in my new adventure and wanted to share.

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