Light bulb moment: Lynne Morris of Toybox

A defining moment for the chief executive of the charity for street children

Lynne Morris
Lynne Morris

When I finished my university degree I formed a theatre company with some friends. One day I was at a party and I remember thinking "I don't want to do this for the rest of my life". Being involved in the theatrical world is fun and you get to meet some great people - and yet I didn't want to do it. I then applied to the Foreign Office and started to go through the interview process. I was at an interview day and again realised this just didn't appeal to me as a career.

While I was going through that process, I was temping for the international aid and development charity, World Vision UK. I realised that was where I wanted to make a career - the excitement of fighting for social justice, and trying to make a small impact on and difference to some people's lives. I think that the third sector, and in particular the international aid and development sector, is really quite exciting, full of fabulously interesting, dynamic people who push boundaries.

I might have fallen into the charity sector anyway, but I think without that flash in my head it would have taken a lot longer. When you're temping, you get the worst possible jobs, but you also get to see the organisation at ground level and the areas where you could actually improve things and make them a lot better. I think organisations should always listen to what temps are thinking, especially as they bring influences from other places of work.


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