How You Can Make a Difference from Your Small Corner of the World

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When looking for an occupation that has meaning, you might be looking at the grand scheme of things. but don’t let that discourage you. No one is expected to take on the entire world and it really is possible to make a difference, even from your own small corner of the world! There are tons of jobs you can do that will reach a select group of people or millions of people and you can do all of this right from where you are right now. Make a difference in your community or reach a global audience, here are careers that are known for their ability to offer meaning while bringing home a pay check.


Can you imagine what it must be like at the end of the day knowing that you had an influence on a young mind? Not only can you teach academics but you can help shape today’s children into tomorrow’s caring adults. Is that the job of a teacher? Some say it is. No, you cannot preach religion or political issues, but you can help to instil values such as ‘no bullying’ into children which will carry them forward as a functioning part of society.

Social Workers

If you are looking to make a difference from your small corner of the world and there is no college nearby to study social work, you can always apply for an online social work masters degree program like this one. You don’t need to leave your corner because you can study for your MSW online but do your practical training at a recognised facility in your community. Social workers help to assess the needs of people facing issues, sometimes extremely serious issues, and either treat them themselves as a clinical social worker or refer them to an agency where they can get the help they need. Another job that has meaning.


While this might be an obvious one, many people don’t stop to think of nursing in an altruistic way. Nursing can be an extremely lucrative position and they do make above the national hourly average. Some nurses also specialise in various types of medicine so you can even draw your corner in closer if that’s what you desire. Like social workers, nurses are in high demand and this job also has higher than average growth expectations going forward as a career.

Bloggers – Yes You Read that Right – Bloggers!

Don’t want to venture out into the world and leave your own personal corner behind? Blogging is a great way to make a difference and if you get good at what you are doing. You can reach billions of people on a global level without ever leaving your home. 

To start a blog on a free platform costs nothing. Owning your own domain and space on the internet gives you more flexibility. There is plenty of advice available on setting up. Decide on a topic for your blog or your niche, the thing you have most to say about. It might be an something you feel strongly about; sustainable travel or healthy eat ideas.

It is important to look like a professional, the blogging arena is a crowded one and looking the part increasingly matters. Successful bloggers are a their own brand, a smartly designed logo will make you stand out from the crowd and it is something you can use across platforms as your cover image or avatar.  A logo will immediately identify you and your blog on Pinterest or Twitter. Designing a logo is easier than you think, a platform like LogoJoy provides lots of options including tools and tutorials.

If you want to world to find you, learn about SEO Search Engine Optimisation. Using key words and descriptions, makes it easier for you to be discovered by a global audience.

There are plenty of ways in which you can make a difference in your small corner of the world. It’s up to you to decide what it is you’d like to do, what it is you are good at, and then work like crazy to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. You can make a difference if you try.


  1. Emma

    I worked in my children’s school as a TA for a couple of years, and whilst it was hectic, it was so fulfilling. To help little girls who perhaps aren’t that important in their culture learn to read, and to see that lightbulb moment as they finally understood what the squiggles on the page meant was just fabulous! 🙂

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