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Keep your skills going during a career break

By Getting-On-Board, Jul 6 2016 02:00PM

Taking a career break, whatever the reason, has its ups and downs. You might stop work for a few months on maternity leave, to care for a relative, or because of redundancy. Maybe your life simply takes a wrong turn, and you find yourself wondering how you can maintain your enthusiasm, skills and momentum without the regularity of working five days a week.


Whatever your reason for being off work, and whether it’s planned or a surprise; long-term or just for a few weeks, it is the perfect opportunity to volunteer as a charity board trustee.


Becoming a trustee is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and also gives you the chance to develop new ones. It ensures you still have the opportunity to put your talents to good use, and is an excellent way to meet new people and make new connections. You could find that becoming a trustee while you are out of work opens up exciting new avenues when you return to your career.


And all the while, you will be providing much-needed support to the charity you volunteer for. Charities are crying out for new trustees and everyone has something to offer.


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