The widescale move towards a new model for work continues to develop. People increasingly want a portfolio career or to be running their own business.
Large, corporate employers are struggling to compete with start-ups in the “war for talent”, claims research just published. A study of more than 1,000 people working in companies with over 500 employees, by startup job site Tyba, found that 86% want to leave their jobs, with almost two-thirds saying that working in a start-up would be ‘their dream job’.
Factors including ‘team morale’, ‘creative and dynamic environment’, ‘a sense of purpose’ and ‘the chance to progress your career as the company grows’ were cited as the main benefits of working for a start-up business.
And why wouldn’t you!
I have always liked to have at least one unpaid job in my portfolio career – sometimes more than one. My latest one for the past 12 months has been one of the most fulfilling pieces of unpaid work that I have ever had the fortune to participate in. I was invited to become a trustee/director of Disability Sport Yorkshire as they wanted someone who might be useful to them with a background of fund raising. Not only am I now a member of a board that is a delight to meet with (how many of us can say that!) but in addition I get an opportunity to watch events that some times it is truly difficult to watch with dry eyes. Seeing a wide range of young people throwing themselves into a huge array of sporting activities including some I had never heard of – boccia, blind cricket (!), table cricket, etc.
In addition to the 5,000 plus disabled athletes who participate around the region there is the army of 500+ volunteers including many who themselves are disabled.
We have 3 wonderful ambassadors – all paralympic medalists – Hannah Cockcroft (wheel chair racing), Danielle Brown ( archery) and Elizabeth Wright (swimming) all of whom contribute to what we do and in particular at our brilliant annual awards dinner.
The video that starts this post was created by Ben Duke the young son of Vivienne, one of my fellow trustees, to capture the wonderful moments of the elation of achievement for many youngsters who will have thought that there was little they could achieve with the handicaps that they have.