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Compassionate Careers

Compassionate Careers

19-28 November 2021

Everyone is individual and unique and we all find value and fulfilment in our lives and careers through different avenues. For some of us making an impact on others, and the world around us is a key factor in deciding which career path to follow. The Career Zone is spotlighting careers with a focus on compassion and making an impact as part of the University wide Festival of Compassion, which coincides with World Compassion day (28th November).

Perhaps you already know that you want to make a difference through your career but you're not sure how, or you may have a few ideas of interest. Through our Compassionate Careers focus we'll help you find out more about what it's like to work in job roles and sectors that aim to help and support others and the environment in which we live. The following will help you explore further and move forward with your career decisions.

We also know that thinking about careers can be daunting and quite stressful so it’s really important to be kind to yourself whilst you decide what path to pursue. The Exeter Award and EntreComp frameworks enable you to focus on YOU in terms of your employability and creating value for others.

To find out more join Kate Foster (Employability & Careers Consultant) for our Compassionate Careers Instagram Live on Monday 22nd November at 4pm.

We all remember inspiring teachers and how they can shape our learning experiences. The Aspiring Educators scheme will help you explore teaching as a potential career through information events, gaining practical experience to choosing to study the Learning for teaching module.

The Charity and Development Professional Pathway programme will enable you to explore what it's really like to work in an area where you're able to make an impact through your work, or find out how some of our alumni have been making a difference by coming along to the “Working in the Charity and Third sector” and “Working in International Development” Q&A panels.

Many of our alumni move into careers and future job roles that enable them to make a real difference to the lives of others; like Eilidh, a 2021 Law graduate who now works for the social mobility charity upReach. 

'Working in the Charity sector is important to me because I can make a real impact on the lives of others, and it fills the gap where support is lacking elsewhere. While in the ideal world charity would not be necessary, as is, I believe it is important to give people the support they need to thrive and ensure people have options and choice on how they want to live.'

There are some great employability sessions happening as part of Compassionate Careers including Time and Stress Management, Personal Resilience, Change management, and to help you navigate the recruitment process, our CVs and Job interviews sessions. We’re also using Lego in our Playful Careers: Lego® Serious Play® session to help you explore barriers and challenges to your career decision making and to highlight the support available!

The Career Zone and Wellbeing are working together to share their expertise on sessions including Looking after yourself whilst exploring careers and Disclosing a disability. One student who attended a Personal Resilience session said… “I feel I can face challenges with a lot more resilience and I understand that it is ok to have a knock back, the thing that matters is the way that I approach it.”

For information on all the sessions and how to book, please visit Handshake.

If you enjoy listening to podcasts make sure you've subscribed to the Career Zone Podcast and on the theme of Compassionate Careers you may be interested in the following:

Find out more about what it’s like to work in a career where you can make a real difference by tuning in to the following podcasts:

  1. In conversation with Adam Alton, Co-founder of Fidlleaf (Spotify | Apple Podcast)
  2. In conversation with Ash, Founder of Acting for Change International (Spotify | Apple Podcast)

Alumni stories

Find out more about some of the amazing careers that our alumni have moved into and the impact they have all round the world:

Craig Browne

Dean Pomeroy

Sam Olden

Erika Szasz

Anya Wallington-Lardi

Maddie Heywood

Minh Tri Le

Kat Merrick

Krishna Maharaj