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 what about next year? Don’t we all want that big, shiny promotion?
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.
Last September, I set a lofty professional goal. By 2018, I would get my Salesforce Admin certificate.
For background, I was hired to support our nonprofit constituents by being a face for our organization. My 3+ years of database experience would be helpful, but I accepted this role because it wasn’t that. It was a chance to be external-facing and build relationships, something brand new to me. Salesforce wasn’t part of the equation.
That lasted for about 6 months.
If there’s one thing I can count on about this season, it’s the fact that it flies by every single year. Seriously, where did August go?
But this is not the time to lament the end of summer and long days at the beach; after all, who doesn’t love the fall?! Continue reading
I never planned to learn Excel. It sort of happened by accident.
At the end of my junior year of college, I was accepted into an internship program that placed me at a major nonprofit organization. Since the program was best known for its banking internships, every participant had to complete an Excel course as part of our training. I set aside one day after finals to walk through the modules, opened up my laptop, and got to work.
Things haven’t been the same since. Continue reading
Working for a nonprofit means you’ve likely been subject to some assumptions held by outsiders about your lifestyle. Friends or family may think that you’re martyring yourself to your cause, making an unlivable wage, and/or sacrificing your livelihood for the greater good. (If they only knew the truth about what it is to work in nonprofit.) Continue reading
There is tons of advice on the internet about all the things that you can do right in your career. Still, don’t you find that real life often delivers the best aha moments?
I recently had a meeting with my manager and one of our organization’s clients. Not having spoken to this person before, our conversation naturally began with some quick intros. I said one sentence quickly describing my role and proceeded without another thought. Continue reading