How to help others without changing your career

So, one very common thing that people eventually think about in their careers is how they can help people more, not just in daily life, but through their jobs. If you were to Google this, you’re usually going to get suggestions about changing career or looking for a new job. If you’re running a remote business, then you can essentially do what you want. 

But if you have a job, especially one you love, then you might feel just a tad confined, right? Well, even without changing your career, there are still some things that you can do to help those around you (and other parts of the world, too). But how? Well, here’s what you can do!

Volunteer Your Professional Skills

One powerful way to make a difference in your job is by volunteering your professional skills to help others. Whether you offer pro bono services to non-profits, mentor junior colleagues, or share your expertise with community organisations, there are countless career opportunities to use your skills for good. 

Again, these are just a few examples. If you check LinkedIn or even Volunteer Match, you’re going to find plenty of on-site and even remote volunteer roles worldwide. Sometimes, these are non-profits needing some quick graphic design; other times, these are small companies needing a helpful grant writer. But just be sure to look for ways to align your professional expertise with causes you care about and offer your services to make a meaningful impact.

Support Employee Well-Being

You don’t need to look into careers in Psychology in order to fight for the end of negative mental health stigma or employee well-being. So, this is something that, even to this day, is still struggling to be recognised. So why not look for ways to support the well-being of your colleagues? 

It’s up to you what’s best, but you could look into organising wellness initiatives and activities, advocating for flexible work arrangements, or creating a culture of work-life balance within your team. This truly is one of the best ways to create a supportive work environment. 

Consider Mentorships and Leadership Development

If you think about it, mentorship is a gift that keeps on giving. You’re helping others, and they’ll gain some confidence through this. Eventually, they’ll help others. It just keeps going on and on! So, for example, you could look into serving as a mentor to junior colleagues, providing guidance and support to new hires, or advocating for leadership opportunities for under-represented groups. 

These are just a few examples, but there aren’t any limits (as long as management doesn’t create any limits). Plus, mentorship can play a crucial role in nurturing talent and fostering professional growth. So, you may want to look for opportunities to mentor others within your organisation and help them reach their full potential.

Spread Awareness to Advocate for Change

Supporting employee well-being is one example, but it’s not the only one. So, why not use your voice and platform to raise awareness about important issues and advocate for positive change? Many people will use this opportunity to share information on social media, write letters to elected officials, or participate in advocacy campaigns and protests. 

 

Most companies support their employees doing this, and very rarely will they try to silence them (but of course, it’s always going to vary). So, speaking up for causes you believe in can make a real difference in the world.

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