The So­cial En­ter­prise War­rior

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Work -

Iden­ti­fi­able by their Fjall­raven Kånken back­pack and per­pet­u­ally windswept ap­pear­ance (from cy­cling ev­ery­where), the mod­ern breed of char­ity worker is all about f in­d­ing new ways to make a dif­fer­ence. They live in an in­dus­trial warehouse, are on the wait­ing list for an al­lot­ment and re­gard heavy­weights like Oxfam as the McDon­ald’s of char­i­ties com­pared to their own ‘ bou­tique’ cause. At the week­ends you’ll f ind them teach­ing pup­petry to kids from in­ner­city es­tates. Most likely to say: ‘ Is it my round? Hang on, I’ll set up a Just­Giv­ing page.’

Want to join them? If you’re ap­ply­ing for a job with a char­ity, show some en­gage­ment with them be­fore­hand, even if it’s just fol­low­ing their ac­counts, or do­nat­ing some­thing each month. Also, start out small: the big­name char­i­ties are in­un­dated with many hope­fuls – one Amnesty In­ter­na­tional job re­ceived around 2000 ap­pli­cants. Look for niche char­i­ties, or new ones. Find them at Aus­tralian char­i­tyguide.com.

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