Why Hobbies Are More Important Than Ever

author profile picture

by Ben Taylor on

At a time where over one third of the world’s population has been told to say inside, and bars, cinemas, gyms and restaurants have closed their doors to the general public for the foreseeable future, it’s fair to say that people’s day-to-day lives have changed dramatically, and suddenly.

With Saturday afternoon shopping trips and Friday nights currently off the cards, most people have more time on their hands within the home. To help pass the time people are taking up hobbies or discovering new favourite pastimes. Doing this can help tackle stress and anxiety and taking part in a physical activity can release endorphins which help create feelings of positivity.  Finding ways to focus our energy and keep ourselves entertained is imperative for good mental and physical health. 

Whether it’s that painting you’ve been dying to start but just haven’t found the time to, or those online yoga sessions that your friend has been suggesting you take part in, now is the time to turn this negative into something positive and start something new. So here are some ideas to consider if you're looking for something new to try, from simply painting to gardening to playing music..

What hobby is right for you?

The first step in choosing your new hobby is finding what it is you really love to do. We all have a passion, whether it’s art, music, reading or Quidditch, and choosing something that we’re interested or skilled in helps to motivate us, so think about a hobby you know you’ll enjoy, rather than one which you’ll feel forced to delve into.

If you’re not one hundred per cent sure on what your passion is, a good place to start might be by asking your friends what they do for a hobby, you might be surprised to hear what they do to pass the time and it might even inspire you to take up the same hobby.

At a time where there is so much uncertainty, it’s incredibly important that we take care of our mental and physical health and there are plenty of hobbies that we can do to take care of both. From meditation, to yoga, to home workouts there is a plethora of apps and videos out there to help us keep fit and healthy from the comfort of our homes.

Alongside all of the recreational hobbies out there, some hobbies can also double up as self-improvement activities. If you struggle to unwind you could start practicing meditation, if you want to improve your attention to detail you could start building and painting models. Is your significant other fed up of making dinner every night? You could practice cooking to help take the weight off

The options are endless when it comes to finding a hobby and it’s more important now than ever before to find a pastime that takes your mind away and helps you focus on something different. With a large number of people working from home it’s important to switch off at the end of the working day by picking up on a side-project to fill your downtime, and if you’re not working from home then it’s possibly even more important to make sure you spend your time developing a new skill. The right hobby is out there and there’s no better time for you to grab it by the horns than now.

If you're ready to turn your hobby into a career, we have roles available across multiple sectors. You can search our latest opportunities here.

Cx Jobs

Senior Project Engineer (Systems)

A leading client in the Rail industry is recruiting for a Senior Project Engineer (Systems) to work on a contract basis in Manchester. Role is inside scope of IR35 paying £500-£600 per day. This role will be leading the CSM and TSI (acceptance engineering) process within Northern programme and will support the whole programme of Enhancements, Development and TRU. Additionally, the role will be looking to bring improvement in this area. Must Haves: Experience with CSM and TSI activities as per latest legislations and standards. Experience on assessment body activities and associated process. Experience with CSM and TSI for project/programme level including delaing with system review panel. Essential (from the JD) Significant experience in engineering disciplines, ideally with involvement in construction and design projects across multi discipline areas Technical qualifications to at least HND level or equivalent Membership of a relevant professional institution Experience of major contracting Knowledge of structuring safety cases in support of projects Knowledge of safety management and quality assurance Understanding of the arrangements required for the independent assessment of works Accident investigation experience

Site Engineer

Recruiting for a Site Engineer to work on a contract basis for a leading client in the Rail Industry based in Stockton-on-Tees. Reports to the Work package manager and is responsible for the engineering control on site, supporting the installation team. The key responsibilities are to ensure engineering governance of the installation including setting out, quality control, production of ITP's, WPP's, issuing and coordinating design in a suitable format to the installation teams, material take off and control and essentially ensuring that the site team have the all the correct information required to build. Support the Work Package Manager in delivering the civil engineering works for the project Representing the civil engineering team for the civil engineering works in meetings as required Implement Management Systems for the site works Ensure equipment and signal foundations are built as per the AFC design, including setting out of the equipment where required Compile the quality assurance folders and paperwork for the equipment and signal foundations Provide engineering support to the workforce as required Order plant and materials to ensure the works continue without delay Produce a short term programme on a weekly basis and monitor production against the programme Raise technical queries against the design as necessary Production of permits for the different aspects of work Compile 'As built' records and data Ability to lead a section of works within the project Timely and accurate setting out Timely ordering of materials, and compilation of paperwork to allow works to continue without delay or disruption Essential PTS holder Recent experience as a Site/Section Engineer, preferably in rail industry Experience of Setting Out techniques Good numerate and Microsoft IT skills in particular, Word, Excel and Outlook Good verbal and written communication skills Formal qualification in Civil Engineering Desirable IWA competence Degree in Civil Engineering

Team Organiser

A leading client in the Rail Industry is recruiting for Team Organizer to work on a contract basis in Eccles, Manchester. Rates negotiable dependent upon experience. Please see below daily duties: Daily checklist of duties to manage the reception area Post - Incoming and Outgoing Processing of agency staff timesheets Compliance check for hidden / fatigue each week Assist test section during commissioning's & as required Update Monthly the Safety information Maintain fuel receipt log Maintain testing tools for calibration Raise estates tickets and log on tracker Raise Requisitions and manage good receipting including maintaining office supplies, PPE and consumables Housekeeping - Reception, meeting rooms, goods-in area Manage visitors and support security of the building Raise IT tickets and support IT team with compliance Manage Meeting Room bookings ensuring efficient use of space

Commercial Manager

Recruiting for a Commercial Manager to work on a contract basis for a leading client in the Railway Industry based in Birmingham. Purpose of the role: Provide Siemens with post contract commercial support for designated packages of work, including subcontract, materials and direct labour. Ensures projects are successfully delivered within cost and time constraints. Acts as a primary interface to work package managers, key stakeholders and suppliers. Principal Accountabilities: Assist with commercial management of various work packages as directed. These may include: Design, Installation, Test & Commission, Materials, Telecoms, Electrification, Power, Plant, Professional Services, Civil Engineering and Permanent Way. Responsible for work package change control and management. Provides key commercial interface for responsible work package manager. Provide contractual & commercial support to Project Managers and Engineering. Responsible for work package cost management, including forecasting, budget management and control. Monitor and actively manage and mitigate work package risks. Provides Input to internal and external commercial reports as required by Commercial Delivery Strategy. Ensure processes and document control complies with the appropriate Company standards. Establish and maintain interfaces with key stakeholders. Eg: finance, project management, engineering, sub-contractors, suppliers and client. Responsible for maintaining auditable records for responsible work packages in accordance with contractual requirements. Essential Competencies: Minimum 4+ years Quantity Surveyor / Contracts Administrator experience working within a contractor side project environment. Experience ideally gained in a similar or related industry e.g. rail, engineering, defence, construction etc. Degree qualified or equivalent and/or hold or working towards professional qualification (RICS, IACCM or similar) Strong track record in a contractor side, project environment. Able to manage both direct labour and subcontract costs. Ability to estimate change / variations using various methods. Able to forecast cost and measure cost of work complete. Good negotiation skills Ability to manage commercial strategies Ability to work with limited supervision Ability to manage expectations Strong communicator with excellent written and oral communications skills Good financial and commercial acumen Ability to work under own initiative and under cost or time critical conditions Good Contractual knowledge and experience. Confident and able to deal externally and internally at all levels. Ability to operate effectively within a team environment Strong computing skills in MS word, excel, project and MS Outlook