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In Love With Opportunity: 67% Of Australians Have Completed A Life Enriching Experience, Finds Opportunity Marketplace Lots:Op

April 30, 2015 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Two thirds of Australians have completed a life enriching opportunity, including additional education, volunteer work, time overseas or competing in an endurance event at some point during their lives.

A study by lots:op, a newly launched opportunity marketplace, found not only do Australians love life-enriching opportunities, more than half (51%) will complete such an experience at least once every year.

The release of the survey coincides with the launch of lots:op, a unique online marketplace connecting local and global opportunity providers, including education providers, companies, non-profits, charities and other organisations, with people looking for opportunities that can enrich, enhance or change their lives.

Founded in Melbourne by experienced online entrepreneur Nathan Sri, the company launches today with opportunities from Save the Children, World Expeditions and RMIT University, among others.

Australians thirst for opportunities 

“We believe opportunities – from volunteering at a local dogs home to completing your Phd in Prague – have the power to enrich, enhance or change peoples’ lives, so it’s great to see so many Australians have embraced the power of opportunity,” lots:op Managing Director Nathan Sri said.

“The difficulty people face is where to begin looking.”

When people actively researched opportunities, the majority used personal contacts (59%), followed by internet search (32%). Additionally, nearly 80% of respondents said they would find a single website useful to find opportunities.

When you were researching the opportunity, what sources of information did you use?   
Personal contacts (friends, family, colleagues) 59%
Internet search 32%
Used a business to find / organise the opportunity for me 8%
Events (e.g. travel expo) 8%
Social media 7%
Advertising 6%
A story in the media 5%
Other 13%

Of those people interested in completing an opportunity in the future, 42% will look to do this within two years. The top three types of opportunities people want to undertake in the future are volunteer work, some form of additional education and working overseas.

Would you be interested in undertaking any of these opportunities in the future?
Volunteer locally 25%
An educational course 18%
Work overseas 11%

Research conducted by lots:op found that while people have a thirst for opportunities, only a third (37%) of those who have completed a life-enriching opportunity were proactive in discovering it.

Most people found an opportunity when it was presented to them (39%) or if they stumbled upon it by accident (15%).

How did you find the opportunity?  
The opportunity was presented / given to me 39%
I decided I wanted do something like this and went and found it 37%
I just stumbled across it and decided to do it 15%
Other 6%

A new marketplace for opportunity: lots:op launches

“We created lots:op because we know people are actively researching opportunities, and would benefit from having one central hub where they could find opportunities that match their interests and profile,” Mr Sri said.

“Not only that, they can read reviews from others on an opportunity, use our calendars to plan their opportunity and manage all the necessary steps required in the one place.

“Likewise, many opportunity providers find it difficult to not only find people, but find the right people for the particularly opportunity they wish to fill, which creates a drain on their often limited resources.

“We hope lots:op can help solve this problem.”

Worldwide Expeditions Chief Technology Officer Ben Ollington said: “By working with lots:op we see a fantastic opportunity to reach our ideal customer, wherever they are in the world, and make it easy for them to plan a trip with us.

“The CRM system also makes it incredibly easy for us to see how each of our opportunities are performing and manage all our customers really easily.”

lots:op provides a highly targeted matching service using a range of metrics to ensure the right opportunity seeker is connected with the right provider. All opportunities are vetted by lots:op to ensure a positive experience for both members and partners.

Currently lots:op is focused on recruiting Australian education providers, non-profits, charities, companies and other organisations to join the lots:op platform, before it turns its attention to international markets.

“lots:op is perfect for any opportunity organisation, from large charities to the single owner/operator. It costs nothing to join and the site offers a number of tools including a CRM system to help streamline communication with candidates,” Mr Sri said.

To see how lots:op works, watch this short video:

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