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A Culture of Passion in Nonprofit

By Erdin Beshimov

Culture varies from one organization to another, but three attributes are generally true across the social enterprise & nonprofit spectrum: an international outlook, a cohort of passionate people, and a flexible work schedule.

Global Outlook

Imagine living in a Kenyan village and helping mountain farmers set up portable power generators, or teaching English in a school in Ukraine, or advising student groups in Tajikistan on designing political campaigns. Many of your nonprofit colleagues will have had similarly fascinating "globe-trotting with a purpose" experiences, and this outward-looking spirit will infuse your work environment with a strong global perspective.

Celebrating Diversity

As you pursue your mission of social change, you will meet many amazing people from diverse walks of life. While entry into the nonprofit world is highly competitive, recruiters tend to have relatively few preferences about specific educational and professional credentials.?What counts the most is commitment, dedication to professionalism, and special expertise.?What could be more dynamic than having a doctor, a lawyer, a relief worker, and an engineer all working together on one social enterprise venture?

Flexible Work Environment

Depending on the nature of your nonprofit work, you can expect to be involved in out-of-office work somewhere between twenty and eighty percent of the time. Social and community workers often spend their entire days "in the field," working directly with people in their communities. As a youth development worker, for example, you might spend a lot of your working hours at schools and playgrounds and community centers, figuring out ways to foster healthy growth. Many consider this dynamism a perk of the industry -- especially those who feel stifled by regular desk jobs.

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