The forum Career with a Cause is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. This is a free one-day event, organized yearly since 2013, which provides a variety of opportunities for networking, volunteering and employment in the non-profit sector. Every year the event gives opportunity to more than 35 NGOs to present their work and find new supporters, like-minded individuals and potential employees. The 5th edition of the event reached over 2500 people live and via live-streaming panel discussions.
The situation in Bulgaria is quite alarming in terms of work-life imbalance and the lack of recognition of the importance of healthy lifestyle. Bulgaria has the highest absenteeism percentage in Europe and the highest standardized death rates from diseases of the circulatory system, which are related mostly to unhealthy lifestyle. The country is in the forefront of people experiencing depressive symptoms as apathy, and disturbingly low share of Bulgarians who are engaged in physical activities.
In this rapidly growing negative spiral, what we really need is an active civic society, engaged with fulfilling career paths. We show that professional fulfillment doesn't have to come at the expense of one's health and that a balance between work and taking care of oneself is the basic component of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle means effective and more motivated to add value professionals, and this contributes to nurturing a responsible business environment and a strong civic society.
Our community grows every year. Over the years, we've successfully supported different causes, such as the participation of the Bulgarian Paralympic Team at the Special Olympics (L.A., 2015); education for refugee children (2016),etc. We've helped dozens of NGOs to find new employees and volunteers. We plan on doing the same on a national level, as we see this is a way to change the mindset from the belief that "the state does nothing" to becoming aware that we are the state and we can do a lot.