The Festive Season – the Perfect Time to Give Back

Hamilton Forth Managing Director, Ali Shaw, discusses how giving back is the best thing about Christmas, and asks how we can give back in our careers during the festive season and all year round.

With only a few days to go until the big day, I’m starting to think about getting my Christmas shopping done (nothing like leaving it to the last minute!). For me, giving presents is the best part of Christmas and it got me thinking about how giving back in your job is what many find the most rewarding thing in their career.

Traditionally it has perhaps been the older generations that are in a better place to start giving back in their careers in the form of mentoring younger colleagues, making generous donations to charity due to their bigger bank balance, and sharing their years of wisdom with roles on not-for-profit boards.  However, we see the new generations in the workplace pushing this to new limits with CSR and Purpose now up there will salary and benefits when choosing their next role.

Here we take a look at affordable ways that people can give back in the festive season and beyond, without the need for donating huge amounts of cash!


Whilst mentoring might seem like something you need decades of experience to do, this isn’t actually the case.  Schools and universities are often on the lookout for alumni who can give back to their place of education. Why not get in touch with your School or University’s technology department to find out if they have a mentoring programme.

You can also support young people looking to get into the technology sector by signing up to the Digital Technology Education Charter (DTEC), which aims to Bringing together organisations, individuals, and education in Scotland to support, encourage and inspire the next generation of computing science at school.


Find out if the company you work for offers time off to volunteer with a charity of your choice.  At Hamilton Forth and the wider Livingston James Group we offer employees two CSR days a year to work with a charity or charities of their choice.  Consultant Atif Hussain uses his to volunteer as a Blood Drive Coordinator with the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, while his colleague Josh Moreland recently took a CSR day to volunteer with the Bethany Christian Trust’s Caring Christmas Trees project.

Not for Profit Boards

Again, contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need years of experience to be able to add value to a board position, you just need to have sought after skills.

By offering up your time to take a position on the board of a not-for-profit organisation who could benefit from your digital and tech experience, you’re not only giving back, but also gaining some valuable career experience.


We hope you’ve given you some food for thought this festive season, and that you manage to find a way of giving back this year and beyond.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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