Regional Manager Josie has worked her way up through the ranks at UrbanLeaf. Find out why she’s stuck with us.
How did you start your career at UrbanLeaf?
I had worked on telephones and hadn’t thought about street fundraising until I saw it advertised. The interview was unlike anything I had done before and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it.
Do you have to be young to do this job?
Nope, I’ve worked with great team members both young and old.
The important thing is that you have the passion and energy to wake up motivated each day.
Did you ever imagine you would stay in fundraising?
I knew I wanted to help people but never grew up thinking I would be a fundraiser. It wasn’t long after I started though that I realised how much more I enjoyed it than any other job I had done.
What does your job involve?
As a regional manager, every day is different. I can be selecting for talent at interviews, instilling confidence to approach people on someone’s first day, mentoring experienced fundraisers to continue growth, and creating an atmosphere which enables people to do their best.
Do you find it fulfilling?
Massively! It is challenging but that makes it more rewarding.
My best friend once told me she doesn’t know anyone who loves their job as much as I do.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
This is a hard one! I’ve met some fantastic human beings in the industry, I love inspiring and raising awareness, getting people to think about things they may not have thought about before. But my favourite part is seeing real growth in someone’s confidence in themselves.
What’s it like to work at UrbanLeaf, culturally?
The teams are hugely supportive of each other, hard working, positive and passionate.
What would you say to someone considering joining?
Go for it! You’ve got to be driven and resilient to rejection, but I know so many people that say fundraising has changed their lives for the better. Let alone the fact that each day we get (paid!) to give a voice to- and change the lives of- some of the most disadvantaged in society.