UW Retirement Association

Community Inventory

Sometimes the issue isn’t finding an opportunity to be of service — it’s sorting through the overwhelming number of possibilities you see. Here are some simple and straightforward techniques and tools for exploring your options.

Narrow your focus

If you identified ‘relationships,’ ‘learning’ and ’empathy’ as your core values, data entry probably won’t be your most satisfying fit. Tutoring, on the other hand, might be. Use the information you gleaned from your self-inventory to point you to the types of opportunities you’d like to explore.

Identify your options

Talk to your professional network, circle of friends and family members to learn what connections they may have to organizations that do the sort of work you’re interested in. Use a search engine like the ones listed below to compile a list of organizations or opportunities you’d like to learn more about.

Confirm a fit

How can you determine whether an organization is ready to make good use of your valuable time? Start with this checklist.

At the end of your experience, do you feel like you’ve done something that matters and is fulfilling to you? Congratulations! You’re in the right place.

Here’s the best part: You really can’t make a mistake. Whether you stick with a project for a day, a year or a decade, you will have made a difference and learned something about yourself. Enjoy this time of freedom to explore the work that matters most to you.