One of the great things about the On Purpose programme is that our placements give us the opportunity to test out working in two different social enterprises, often with very different projects and working environments. As Herminia Ibarra points out in her book, Working Identity, trying different career options is much more effective as a transition strategy than just thinking about them.
As such, my personal tactic has been to try as many different things as I can in addition to my placements through volunteering, particularly where these put me into direct contact with service recipients, in the hope that I can see social enterprise from a different perspective. So far I’ve helped out at a local soup kitchen, worked on a board recruitment strategy for a small local social enterprise, facilitated Dementia Friends information sessions for the Alzheimer’s Society and mentored a GCSE maths pupil. Read more →