What expertise do you bring to your organization? Because most of us with any sort of technical knowledge – event planners, grant writers, system admins – all have one big thing in common.
People always need something from us.
As our orgs grow, so do the needs of our staff. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with requests, or find yourself repeating the same instructions to people over & over… then it may be time to streamline. Let’s turn that task into a process!
Why a process?
A smart process does wonders for our productivity. Guidelines & timelines help keep us accountable, minimize errors, and set expectations at our org.
The result? We’re enabled to produce our best work in a timely fashion, without having to lose our minds.
Whether it’s a seasonal trend or part of everyday life, we all know what it means to be busy. Tasks have this magical way of coming together all at once, threatening to bring our work worlds crashing down the moment we’re off our game.
So naturally, this is the time when everyone needs something from us.
Whether you’ve been at your nonprofit job for 2 months or 2 years, it’s natural to wonder what the future holds. Sure this entry-level job will cut it for now, but don’t we all want that big, shiny promotion?
That’s why we work with an eye towards the future. When we have a vision of where we want to be in our careers, we become more deliberate in the steps we take to get there. Even our small, daily work habits can help us put our best foot forward and show the people in our nonprofit that we mean business (sector pun).
*This post is the first in a two-part series on how to advance from your entry-level nonprofit role into the next phase of your career. Check out the second part here.*
When you’re just starting out in the nonprofit sector – or your career – it’s easy to start imagining how your role might evolve. You may be a coordinator or associate now (common terms for the most entry-level roles in nonprofit), but you’ve got great ideas. And you’ve got dreams of moving up the ladder.
As you should.
Organizations benefit from ambitious employees, particularly if they’re jazzed about both the mission and their future at an organization. Your head is in the right space.
For the ambitious nonprofit professional who wants to master their craft, conferences are the way to go. A conference can be a great opportunity to expand your skills, build your professional network, and learn new knowledge to propel your organization forward. As someone who personally loves learning, they really are my jam.
That said, not all conferences are made equal. And not all employers are jumping to send us there.