What we’re about…
…oh, and there is a film clip below in case you prefer pictures to words 😉
We are a community of professionals who believe that the current employment application process is out of date and not fit-for-purpose, so we use a different system. We just don’t think that the CV and interview process is essential – deep joy! No more writing competitions; no more talent show auditions; no more one-sided work placements. Just real people choosing to work with other real people who inspire them – without the walls, boundaries and intermediaries.
The best bit is that we’ve been testing it for the last 18 months and it works. This new system is what sits at the heart of The Eye of the Storm and sets it apart from other schemes, communities and networks out there. It’s free to use for seasoned professionals and self-starters alike and is open to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. And we have a business plan that ROCKS and means we’ll never be owned by or sold to a corporate organisation or government with egotistical motivations.
It works for anyone who has redundant time, talents, materials or space and would like to put that stuff to use for social good, at the same time as helping themselves to improve their employment prospects, build their confidence and expand their professional networks. As well as helping the unemployed, our system is also loved by those who have recently retired, those changing career paths, or those who are returning to work after having a career break. Equally, those in jobs they don’t find fulfilling might want to spend their extra time in The Eye of the Storm as a way of improving their skills and their networks with a view to switching career. Young people who are unsure of what degree they want to do have also found their way through The Eye of the Storm to gain an insight into industries they’re considering prior to spending thousands of pounds and hours on further education.
Our project members sign up because they are really busy doing awesome things. They lack the time they need to do the many tasks that fester on the end of their to-do lists… that’s the redundancy that they have. The projects are many and varied: from politics and the arts, to environment and charity – anyone can demonstrate their abilities to potential employers directly. They post micro-bartering tasks for all of those things that fester, which allows our members to have a go at proving their capabilities. Everyone is considered on what they actually deliver, without any kind of background appraisal. This is a safe space to try new things and learn from your mistakes openly and with support. From our experience, those who have embraced the system tell us they find themselves feeling overwhelmed with opportunity and hope.