I’m the type of person who likes to learn and normally I don’t like working on the same project or product for an extended period of time. As I reflect on my past positions, it makes sense, as I seem to be upgrading my job and/or my role every three years on average. Although my interests change annually it seems, I’d like to develop knowledge and experience in areas I’m passionate about or areas I have little experience in. If you’re going to spend the bulk of your life working, taking time away from your family, you might want to continually position yourself for roles that inspire and reward you. There’s nothing wrong with reaching out and attempting to do something that inspires you and helps others so long as you’re not jeopardizing your full-time role and responsibility. If you’re having difficulty changing roles in your organization or simply want to try something new, there are opportunities to take on new challenges that may shed new light on your career and keep you moving forward. Action Without Borders is one of those places.
Visit idealist.org and review their site. They have a rich history in helping people to take action on issues that inspire them, whether in their local community or across borders. At idealist, you’ll see an abundance of job postings, that are full-time, part-time, paid, unpaid, volunteer, etc. Looking for an opportunity that might consume 3-8 hours per week of your time in a subject that inspires you? You just may find it. I’ve been thinking about finding an internship or volunteer opportunity and Idealist is an excellent resource for searching or perusing possibilities. Although my calendar is incredibly full right now, I hope to follow through on this, if not now, perhaps in 2011. I’m very much anticipating Idealist’s new site design in the coming weeks which should make it more collaborative and more community driven. Whether you’re employed or not, Idealist is one of those sites you should be aware of. Challenge yourself, learn something new, and help others. It doesn’t matter if it’s a full-time paid or a part-time volunteer opportunity, Idealist could help you learn something new and help others in the process.