There are quite a few people with jobs that are not as
rewarding that they would like them to be. Most of us keep
weighing other options and avenues to expose our creativity.
At the same time, we keep looking for opportunities to reach
out and touch the lives of the needy. If this is your desire,
then it may be worth considering a career in the non-profit
sector. Anyone can volunteer for non-profit work and in
return gain not only experience, but respect and peace of
mind as well. It shows one's willingness to contribute
positively to society. The work could involve environment
protection, volunteering, experimenting with food, caring for
the handicapped or a keen approach towards reforming local
You should follow some of the tips listed below before
considering the non-profit sector as a career option.
Find A Job That Suits You
It is encouraging to note that a multitude of options are
available in the non-profit sector. You can start as a
volunteer and then slowly steer your way towards your field
of interest. The other option is to let your interests in a
particular field guide you right from the start.
Refer to books, websites, magazines and newspapers and any
other material you can identify. Meet people already working
in your chosen field and ask about their experiences. Develop
a deep understanding of the various types of nonprofit
organizations and focus on the human-services charities.
Analyze What Skills You Have
If you are already working, analyze the skills you have
learned from your workplace. Use those to the best of your
ability in your current workplace. Often, people seeking
placement in the non-profit sector have a feeling that they
do not possess the skills required for the job. This is a
general misconception and you should have confidence in
yourself and the abilities you already have.
Be Practical About Salary
While you may not always be offered a good salary, there is
no harm in negotiating with the employer. Generally,
non-profit organizations know that they cannot offer a very
attractive salary and therefore provide various other perks
such as travel allowances, maternity leave and post
retirement benefits. These add-ons compensate for the low
monetary benefit and in turn secure your post-retirement
Realize Your Responsibilities
In the non-profit sector, you tend to shoulder much more
responsibility than in the private sector. You also have a
responsibility towards society, your organization and
yourself. Always keep in focus the intention with which you
opted for the career change.
Once you have selected your job and start working, remember
that you are making a difference in the lives of many people,
while at the same time earning a living for yourself. You can
inspire those around you to take up similar placements as
well. A career in the non-profit sector can make the art of
earning a living while exploring personal resources more
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal.
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