3 Reasons You Should Work for a Charity Part Time

August 21 2019 , 0 Comments

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At some point in our careers, we all experience that one job where working hours are more of a concept than a reality; where we stay late to finish tasks and answer emails on the train. Sure, we’re making a real name for ourselves—impressing the bosses and showing how invested we are in the business. But that sort of always-plugged-in lifestyle isn’t sustainable. Life gets in the way. We burn out. We lose our motivation. And we find ourselves fundamentally unhappy and ready for a major life change.


Luckily, we live in an age where part-time and remote working is becoming the norm. All employees in the UK have a legal right to request flexible working––not just parents and carers. And your employer is required by law to consider it, which is probably why more than half of UK employees work flexibly in some way and nearly 8.7 million people are working part-time.


So maybe it’s time for you to think about shifting to part-time work. Let’s take a closer look at why (and how) you can make the change.


First, have you thought about working in the charity sector?

It may come as no surprise to hear that the not-for-profit sector is a popular industry for part-time work. Charities are looking for people with experience, but they don’t always have the funding to take them on full-time. That means someone like you, who has the right experience but is willing to sacrifice pay for better hours, may be exactly what they’re after.


More often than not, there are just as many part-time roles available in the charity sector as there are full-time roles. But remember, working shorter hours doesn’t mean you have half as many responsibilities. You’ll still be expected to deliver the same quality of work as you would in a full-time position, but you’re striking a better balance between your work life and your personal life.

Think that sounds like the right fit for you? Let’s look at three ways part-time charity work can change your life.


1. Less stress, better flexibility

Did you know that work is the second most common cause of stress in the UK? Considering how much time we spend in spend in the office, we’re putting ourselves at high risk for anxiety and depression, not to mention the number of physical repercussions a high-stress environment can have on us (over-eating, lack of sleep).


Part-time jobs can reduce the amount of stress we experience in the workplace because we’re able to establish clearer boundaries between our work life and our home life. Sure, you may have to adapt to being more efficient in the hours you spend in the office, but it also means you have more time to tend to your other responsibilities. No more worrying about asking to leave early to pick up your kids at school. With part-time hours, you can achieve a better balance, which will do wonders for your mental (and physical) wellbeing in the long-run.


2. A deeper connection to your work

What’s the point of doing a job if it doesn’t inspire you? In the charity sector, the work you’re doing is more likely to be in line with the things you’re passionate about. That means you’ll be more connected to your work, and more motivated to succeed.


Let’s say you have a deep love for animals of all shapes in sizes. You could work part time for an animal charity, using your expertise in an environment that fits your lifestyle. Maybe you’re a bit of an environmental warrior? You can work remotely for an organisation that fights against climate change.


No matter what you’re passionate about, there’s sure to be a charity that champions that cause. It just comes down to finding the one that’s looking for someone with your skills and experience to help out on a part-time basis.


3. A newfound sense of productivity

The average person sleeps for approximately seven hours. Add a full-time work schedule on top of that (and time for things like eating, showering and socialising) and you’re left with less than eight hours to yourself each day. And we all know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to do anything after a particularly stressful day in the office.


But when you cut those hours back, you gain the added time and energy that are often necessary to take care of the other areas of your life. And knowing you have less hours to get a job done means you’ll spend less time procrastinating.


According to an experiment from Perpetual Guardian, employees who were given an extra day off a week were actually 20% more productive. They found that their job and life satisfaction increased, and they were happier overall with the added time to tend to their personal lives.



So, do you think this sounds like the right route for you?

Ultimately, the choice really comes down to what’s best for your lifestyle. Not everyone thrives in a part-time environment, but if you are confident that you can get the work done in less hours (and are eager to find a job you’re passionate about) then a part-time position in the charity sector may be the right next step forward for you.


Who knows, it may transform your life in ways you never could have imagined.


This content was provided by CharityJob, the largest and most specialised job board for the charity and not-for-profit sector in the UK.

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