Next to my marketing work I am also an online counsellor, tutor in online counselling and a member of the OCTIA committee. The OCTIA conference is a yearly conference for online counsellors [and those thinking about online counselling] to come together. To get to know each other and learn from each other. Either at the Watershed in Bristol or online. People from all over the world can come together online and watch and network that way.
For me it feels good to give back to the community that has been so good to me. I donate my time to be a member of the organising committee. Not surprising I am in charge of the website and some of the marketing. I think that it is important to not always be thinking of making money, but to do something for causes that mean a lot to you. Of course if you can afford it in both time and money. I won’t blame anyone for not doing it, I fully understand.
For me there are two things in life I would feel uncomfortable without. And those are giving back and continued learning. I keep committing to counselling and marketing courses in my free time because I want my knowledge to stay fresh and up to date. It’s something I have always done and I will continue to do.
If you have never heard of OCTIA and would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If there is something you feel passionate about and would like to share, I would love to hear it.