THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WARRIOR
Identifiable by their Fjallraven Kånken backpack and perpetually windswept appearance (from cycling everywhere), the modern breed of charity worker is all about finding 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 find them teaching puppetry to kids from inner-city estates.
MOST LIKELY TO SAY “Is it my round? Hang on, I’ll set up a JustGiving page.”
WANT TO JOIN THEM? Here’s an idea – 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 small: the big-name charities are inundated with hopefuls – one Amnesty International job reportedly received around 2,000 applicants. Look for more niche charities, or very new ones. Find them at Charitytimes.com or Fundraising.co.uk.