How much work experience do Associates have?
What sorts of things will I be involved in as an Associate?
Associates can help with discrete projects as well as learning about the day-to-day running of the organisation. For example, at HCT Group our Associate developed and implemented the first framework for measuring social impact with the Deputy CEO, and our Associate at O2 created and launched O2Learn together with the Head of Brand Strategy. Roles at Comic Relief have been more open ended seeing Associates managing the character Monkey and its merchandise.
What support will I get?
Do I get to choose my placement?
Will I gain some insight into the placements the other Associates are on?
Will I get time off?
Does On Purpose prefer people from the private sector?
Will I get paid?
Why only £21,000? I currently earn much more than this!
On Purpose offers a unique combination of on-the-job experience, rigorous training by both professionals and academics and access to powerful networks. The mentoring and coaching add an extra layer to create a comprehensive learning experience beyond that of other academic or training programmes.
We believe that we are striking the right balance by ensuring On Purpose Associates have enough to live on and not making it prohibitive for all kinds of purpose-driven organisations to take part.
Where will the projects be?
Is this programme full-time?
When does the programme happen?
Why do you have companies like O2 and charities like Comic Relief in your placements? They’re not social enterprises.
What do you mean by coaching?
All our coaches are experienced professionals who have not only done significant amounts of coaching at senior and executive levels in organisations but have also had careers in business themselves.
You’ll meet with your coach each quarter on a one-to-one basis. This is an opportunity for you to take a step back from the details of your placement and the pace of the year. You’ll be able to discuss what it is you’re taking from the year and what areas you feel you need to be making a more concerted effort with given your goals. You might find, like Associates have in the past, it’s a good time to consider decisions around your career.
The coaches are independent of On Purpose and their objective is to support your leadership development; expect to be challenged to find your own solutions based on your own strengths and values.
Who is behind On Purpose?
Is On Purpose a charity?
What is On Purpose’s business model?
Will you help me find a job after the placements end?
Do people stay in touch after they leave On Purpose?
Why do I have two Associates during the year, not just one?
On Purpose Associates take a large pay cut (on average, more than 50%) to be part of this year, which they do on the understanding that it is a unique development experience. Two placements means that the Associates gain a lot more from the year than if they were only able to experience one organisation.
Many placement hosts also treat the year as two extended interviews, giving them the chance to work with not one but two potential long-term employees.
How much is the total cost of the year?
Secondly, all placements pay On Purpose a placement fee at the beginning of the year, which is £5,500-£11,000 for the year, depending on the size and legal structure of the placement host.
If a placement hires an Associates from the On Purpose programme after the programme, then they pay another finder’s fee of £11,000-£16,500.
Why would I not just use the volunteers I have or hire a permanent employee?
In addition, the support networks that we provide to the Associates means that they can start adding value to your organisation more quickly than a typical employee starting out.
Last, we minimise the time and effort that is otherwise involved in recruitment, whether for employees or volunteers.
Do I get to choose the Associates I will work with?
Before registering your preferences you will be given information about the Associates and an opportunity to meet them face to face. See here for more detail.
What do the Associates normally do?
How do you select placements?
We are a charity/commercial business/public sector organisation. Can we still be a placement host?
In a charity, this could be, for example, developing new earned revenue streams and in a commercial business this could be, for example, improving your organisation’s environmental sustainability or finding ways to provide your services to otherwise excluded groups in the style of microfinance.
I need someone with a particular skill set, can you guarantee that?
What do On Purpose mentors do?
What is the commitment mentors have to make?
What kinds of people do you look for to be a mentor?
What will I get out of it?
Here is what one of last year’s mentors said: “Being an On Purpose mentor has been a fantastic mix of fun, rewarding and extremely helpful for the day job. The last of these was the most surprising, but obvious when you think about it – getting to know some of the most talented people and exciting enterprises working at the intersection of business and society is always going to be a great investment of time. The fact that everyone involved is so lovely and fun is the icing on the cake.”
Do you pay mentors?
What’s involved in being an On Purpose coach?
What kind of people do you look for to be a coach?
What is the commitment?
What will I get out of it?
Do you pay for coaching?
What’s involved in being an On Purpose trainer?
For a list of example training topics, see here [link to train page].