Friday, 9 October 2015

Social enterprises strike back

Support your community, eat SOUP, last event 1st October
It's easy to presume that a successful career starts in a large company. But that's not true. The Social Enterprise Sector is growing at a fast pace, and opportunities are on your doorstep, here in the West Midlands.

With the careers fairs starting on campus next week, you may assume that your career is destined to be with a large organisation. But that's just one route. More people are focusing on their values and how they can make a difference to their society and the environment. So if you value community and are compassionate about people, willing to take on the responsibility and leadership towards making a social impact (making a profit is still important, but reinvested back into the business), it's worth taking time to look at the wider career options in the Social Enterprise and Third Sector.

Luckily, you have the dynamic Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter just outside Birmingham City Centre - and there's more social enterprises around the region as the Sector is growing. Birmingham SOUP, based on Detroit SOUP is something you could do to get a real taste of what's going on - next one is 14th November.

Last night, Careers Network celebrated its Enterprising Internships Programme with its participating students and businesses. Thanks to the kind generosity of Santander, twelve students have been able to gain paid work to experience the life world of a social entrepreneur and the Social Enterprise Sector. They have spent four weeks not only undertaking a role, but have been enterprising in the workplace: spotting opportunities, voicing their ideas and leading the way to make them happen. This experience has enabled the students to contribute in a variety of ways, helping the host organisations make a difference to people who have for instance, been victims of sexual abuse (social enterprise GINA) and supporting those with criminal records to get their lives back on track and into work (Crossroads Trust).

Inspirational talks were delivered by Sarah Crawley, CEO of i-SE, Lisa Thompson (GINA), Adenike Titiloye (Catalyst Mutual) and John Beesley (Crossroads Trust).

Rachel Egginton, a student studying MA Social Work, highlighted:

‘From my experience at Crossroads Trust, I’m interested in starting my own social enterprise, which I had never thought about. I originally was planning to become a social worker in the public sector, but now I know I can do so much more.’
Click on the slides above for more information about what is a Social Enterprise and our work experience programmes within the Sector, funded by Santander.

See more social enterprise this saturday #socialsaturday #socialsaturday2015

Alison Sharp

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