During furlough I celebrated 10 years of working at Charity People.

Whaaaaat, I thought!?!?! How did that happen?

And it made me wonder what personal experiences I’d had during this time, so I reflected and realised that like a good anti-virus software, Charity People had been running in the background while some pretty significant stuff had gone down in my life. I’d gotten married, had two kids, lost a parent, wrote a book, and circumnavigated the globe; each a significant experience in its own right. And Charity People had really looked after me during these 10 years of life changing moments, which I am massively grateful for.

As recruiters we love numbers, so crunching it up I also wanted to know what those 10 years had consisted of work-wise. I worked out that I’d completed 282 train commutes a year (yep, nearly 3000 over 10 years), had been mentored by 4 excellent line managers (David Lale, Carla Miller, Ed Percival and Nick Billingham), had 2 sabbaticals of 2 months each, been to over 400 Socials (give or take, could be closer to 600) and drunk around 4500 cups of tea and coffee (that’s a heck of a lot of liquid).

Underpinning this is always a voice saying, ‘Are you doing the right thing with your career?’

And my gut feeling is that yes, I’m pretty sure I am. I specifically wanted to work with not-for-profit organisations 10 years ago, and I still do. It deeply motivates me to get out of bed in the morning knowing that I work with some of the most dedicated, selfless, interesting, holistic and kind people that I’ve ever had the chance to work with. I’m really proud to say that during the last 10 years I’ve helped over 300 inspiring people into positions in the Not-For-Profit sector (or one whole large organisation if you want to see it a different way). Sure, like all jobs it’s had its ups and downs, but working at Charity People has been a life changing experience for me and one I will always be grateful for.

So I doff a cap to my employer of 10 challenging, fun and inspiring years. I truly am grateful for the opportunity to work with the Not-For-Profit Sector and look forward to placing more in the years ahead.

Now for cuppa 4501…