I recently applied for the The Nicest Job In Britain. As a qualified life and business coach, one of the golden nuggets I frequently pass on to clients is the old adage “if you find a job where you can follow your passion, it won’t feel as if you’re working at all!” I followed my passion around twelve years ago, when I set up a small business helping people and other businesses to set and achieve their goals. I combined this with my other passion – voluntary work. Over the years I have managed to get my work/volunteering balance just right… actually perhaps I should clarify that… for half of that time (at least) I have been doing more voluntary work than paid work, because it’s the organisations which need me most (the fledgling charities and ‘good causes’) which can least afford me. Hand on heart, I didn’t mind… because as long as I could pay my mortgage, my bills and feed the family, all was well in my world. I’m not a materialistic person – I’ll happily buy my clothes in Tesco or Sainsbury’s (preferably in the sales!!) and although I do miss ‘holidays’, there’s nothing that quite matches the feeling you get when you ‘feed your soul’ and helping other people feeds mine. In fact, I often treat my soul to a lavish banquet!
I first heard of Luke Cameron when the media covered his ‘Good Deed Diary’, early in 2014. I could immediately relate to what he was doing – I always help others at any and every opportunity. To me, Luke was a kindred spirit. I’m the driver who stops to offer help if someone’s car has broken down, I offer to help carry shopping if I see someone struggling, I’ve helped to pay for people’s shopping and parking charges when they are short of money… it’s what I do. It’s second nature. I’ve always done it and it perpetually perplexes me how so many people will drive past cars that have broken down, or ignore people who are obviously struggling..
In August 2014, I messaged Luke through ‘The Good Deed Diary’ Facebook page and asked him whether he would share a blog post about the 2014 Pink Car Rally. He did…
It was towards the end of 2014 when I next noticed Luke in the media. He had been appointed as National Philanthropy Manager for Utility Aid, a Midlands-based organisation which aims to help charities reduce their energy spend. It was deemed to be ‘The Nicest Job in Britain’ and when I read what it entailed, I remember thinking that it was my dream-job and how lucky Luke was to be employed to help charities, and not have to worry about his bills etc.
Fast-forward to August 2016. I was glancing through a newspaper when I saw #TheNicestJobInBritain mentioned. It caught my eye immediately and when I read the article, my heart nearly stopped! Luke was working on a new initiative with The Nicest Job In Britain Creator, Gary Blowers, to recruit a National Philanthropy Manager. The relaunched role is sponsored by Givergy, an organisation which exists to help charities raise more money at their fundraising events and online which, with its similar ethos to The Nicest Job, made it the idea official partner for 2016/17.
Applicants for the role (you have until 16th September 2016 to apply) are asked to submit a 60 second video application, telling their story and illustrating ‘why’ they should have the nicest job. In addition, each applicant needs to drum-up support from as many media channels as possible. Here is my application. Please take 60 seconds to watch it and if you like it, then please use the small icons below it to ‘like’ and ‘share’ it… and please press the all-important VOTE button to vote for me. It literally takes a few seconds – no sign-up is required. All votes count and you can vote for me once a day, EVERY day if you wish.
What does the @NicestJob entail? Well the successful applicant will get to work with 40 pre-chosen charities (charities were previously invited to apply to be part of this amazing initiative) over a 12 month period, helping them in whatever way is needed for 4 days and then blogging about the experience. The charities are located across the UK, so the successful applicant will be given a #NicestJob emblazoned car to drive, in addition to a salary of £30,000pa.
Why have I applied? I have to say that I want this job so much that it hurts! I feel I have so much to offer; a ‘do more’ attitude, a plethora of skills gained in the both the charity and commercial sectors, I’m a strong communicator who is adept at building relationships, I’m keen and willing to learn new things, I’m confident, I am used to inspiring and motivating others, I’m a people person and a trusted confidant, I have a very kind heart, endless enthusiasm, plenty of passion and a desire to help people. I refer to myself as a Time Philanthropist and like nothing more than to ‘pay it forward’. I am also a RAKtavist – part of a group of like-minded people who enjoy performing Random Acts of Kindness. This National Philanthropy Manager role encapsulates who I am – if I was asked to create the perfect job for myself, this is exactly what I would have created. If by reading this blog post you feel I am the right person for the role, then please support my #HireSali campaign by voting for me…. (daily if possible)… and help me to help the following 40 charities in 12 months. Each of the charities is hyperlinked either to their Facebook page or their website. If there are any on the list that you haven’t heard of before, why not click through to find out what they do?
- RSPCA (England & Wales)
- Joseph’s Hospice
- The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation
- Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity
- Changing Faces
- Children’s Liver Disease Foundation
- Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice
- Creating Better Futures
- Music in Hospitals
- Meningitis Research Foundation
- Helen Rollason Cancer Charity – HRCC
- Churn Project
- Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity
- Sport 4 Life UK
- The Brain Charity
- CHICKS Country Holidays for Inner City Kids
- Jubilee Sailing Trust
- Mark’s Hospital Foundation
- Faith in Water
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Little Princess Trust
- Julia’s House Children’s Hospice
- Winston’s Wish – the charity for bereaved children
- Theodora Children’s Charity
- Friendship at Home
- Step up to Serve
- Maria Cristina Foundation
- Off The Record (Bristol)
- FPA – the sexual health charity
- Daisy Chain Charity Superstore
- Help Appeal – County Air Ambulance Trust
- Gloucestershire Pride
- Mary Stephens Hospice