What do causes you care about say about you? Are you someone who gives to charity? Helps the homeless? Works with children? Helps protect animals? Gets involved in art? Or gets involved in politics? The causes you care about can say more about you than you may think.
In 2014, I volunteered at a primary school because I was between careers and thought about working as a teacher. It was just a bit of experience that I gained, and I really enjoyed my time there. I was there for one term, working with the teacher and helping the children with English and Maths, while looking after them, making sure they were safe and well. Although I was only there for a few months, it says a lot about me. It says I’m a responsible, trustworthy person who can manage well under pressure and lead others. It says I care about the education of young people and enjoy getting involved in their progression.
There are many different causes that people get involved with. These can include:
- Animal Welfare
- Arts & Culture
- Civil Rights
- Politics / Human Rights
Whether you get involved with giving to charity or getting involved in a personal thing like sport, they all say something about you that will affect you positively in the long-run. I’ve worked with people who got involved with fundraising in work for charities like the British Heart Foundation and Red Nose Day. It was all about getting involved in different activities, i.e., a bake sale, fun run, etc. Money was raised from donations and subsequently sent to the designated charity. This type of cause says you are a caring person, who’s willing to go out of your way to help others. It also acts as a representation of the company they work for, as positive PR eventually brings in new clients and business growth.
In other cases, different causes aren’t just about giving to charity, but something which conveys what it is you care about as a person. If you get involved in sport, you’ll be known as a team-player with leadership qualities, and someone who enjoys getting stuck in with the work. Being someone who is involved in sport can show you’re the type of person who can organise efficiently and work well with a variety of people. A lot of companies would be inclined to hire this type of person because they’d be motivated and likely be in a positive frame of mind, which can subsequently reflect positively on the company itself.
The same can be said for arts & culture, as someone who is involved in this would likely be a creative person, a critical thinker, and someone who can come up with new ideas. If you care about arts & culture, this would say that you’re someone who cares about culture, creativity and works well with people, after developing a strong sense of empathy. Creative people are excellent at thinking up new ways of working and thinking of new ideas for a more progressive business.
Even causes such as politics, where people may have disagreements, show you as someone who cares about how things are run, which subsequently affects the operations of the company. Politics and human rights are causes that say you’re someone who genuinely cares and will take on major responsibilities for the good of the organisation.
Essentially, causes say a lot about you through different aspects of the cause. From being a caring person, to being a strong leader. From being trustworthy and responsible, to being able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. Having causes that you care about say that you’re someone who likes to get involved and has integrity to follow-through on those ideals. To have a cause you really care about, you immediately become someone with a colourful, yet stronger personality, more human, and more likely to work to a professional standard in most working environments.
Written for Dr. Mark D. Yates, the LinkedIn Experts Expert.