“The world is waiting for you and your talents. YOU are a gift to be shared.” – Anonymous
Like many of you, I have a day job. Something that pays the bills, and allows me the money that I need in order to do the things that I want to do. Since graduating from college, I have focused my career on information technology and software that help support the businesses I work for. Throughout my career as an IT professional, I have learned many new skills, and honed my experience so that I can be even more valuable to my company. I attend conferences, take new courses, read books and practice my skills day in and out to be a valuable contributor to the team.
I am sure that each of you has many different skills that you have learned throughout both your professional careers and through your personal lives. Whether you are an IT person like me, someone that does customer service, or maybe a financial person that likes numbers, there are an endless number of skills that people have developed. So when was the last time that you applied your talents and skills to saving animals? Have you ever considered how the skills and experience you develop in your “day” job can contribute to your passion and spirit for saving animals?
Maybe you’re a marketing professional by day, focusing on writing ad copy or generating the next slogan for a household product. Your skills could easily translate into helping animal rescues and shelters to better market the animals in their custody to help them find their forever homes. If you like numbers and accounting, you could be helping a rescue or shelter as a treasurer or bookkeeper to help save them time and money. Or maybe you are one of the many working mothers who do more than their fair share o\f a full-time job by running the business of the family. From cooking to cleaning, carpooling to coaching, there are many transferable skills that can easily be applied to animal welfare in whatever capacity you can give.
I am often thanked by people for what I do for animal rescue and I am very appreciative for the opportunity to bring my talents to the team. What are you bringing? Just like a pot luck dinner where we all bring something to pass, you can bring the skills, experiences, and talents that you have in your daily life to benefit the community of professionals focused on saving animals. What will you bring?