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.
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
As a nonprofit employee, I am a big believer of data.
Spreadsheet addiction aside, it’s an incredible thing to be able to apply metrics and research to inform a larger strategy. Data has real implications for the social sector and a nonprofit’s ability to create impact.
Yet while the global potential for data is huge, this potential also exists on an individual level. Continue reading
During my lunch break yesterday, I went to work in a cafe not too far from my office (because that’s what happens to your ‘free’ time when you’re trying to start up a blog).
While there, I happened to sit next to two young men, who were discussing a topic that plagues many a millennial’s mind: the future. Continue reading
When I first entered the workforce right out of college, I struggled to adjust.
Don’t get me wrong – I loved being employed. It was exciting to know that I had a desk to report to everyday, one that I could decorate with photo frames and other personal mementos. I also really enjoyed my morning routine: one medium caramel iced coffee and a doughnut. These simple things endeared me to working life right away. Continue reading