As we reflect on the past year, we discuss how we find meaning and purpose in a post-COVID world.
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The last few months have been tough on everyone, particularly the charity sector, and as we emerge out of lockdown, a little bleary-eyed, and head back to our offices and schools, we’ve all found ourselves looking at things a little bit differently.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating; in a matter of months, the world ground to a halt and millions found themselves stuck indoors to curb the spread of the virus. But, we're optimists here at Utopy and, as we turn to an uncertain future ahead, we think it's important to look for the silver lining in this crisis. 2020 is the not the year many of us had planned, but lockdown forced us all to slow down, rethink and reassess what really matters.
We’ve learned to cherish the time we have with our friends and family, and started to question our careers and work-life balance. We're now beginning to ask ourselves how we can add to society, rather than take away, and what part we can play in building a better, more resilient future.
We’re at a crossroads: from climate change to extreme poverty, it’s clear that social impact work has never been more important. Inequality has been thrown into stark relief over the past few months and as grassroots movements like BLM and Extinction Rebellion gain momentum, it's clear people are hungry for change. But the issues we face as a global society are complex, multifaceted and, at times, too huge to fully comprehend. To make a real and lasting impact we're going to need to get a bit creative. We'll need to pool our resources, learn from each other and think up new ways of doing good work. That’s where we come in.
We want to build a purpose-learning platform that helps you do just that, and nurture a community of people, experts and organisations who want to embed meaning into their lives. So, whether you already work in the Third Sector or have only ever worked in the corporate world, we believe everyone can have a positive impact if they’re given the right tools. We’re working with the UK's leading social sector experts to bring you courses on everything from copywriting to climate change activism. Utopy is a space where you can share your knowledge, learn new skills and build the career you want - all at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home.
We’ll be using this blog as a springboard for ideas, discussions and expert advice so keep an eye out on our socials for new updates and posts. We're also hosting online clinics and webinars to get you excited about learning. We teamed up with Charity People and Good Jobs this week and ran a free job seekers clinic. We talked about the ways you can adapt your search, do well at online interviews and stay positive in the face of rejection. If you missed it, don't worry! You can still enrol today and get access to loads of free career tips and advice from experts.
We're just at the beginning of our journey here at Utopy but we can’t wait to make a positive impact together. We're always on the look-out for new experts to collaborate with, so please do get in touch if you have skills and knowledge to share - or if you just fancy a chat. Whether you're looking to build up your skills, learn something completely new or create a new course with us, we'll have the tools you need to do good work.