Tag Archives: Gen Y

An Introvert’s Nonprofit Career Story: 5 Lessons from My Switch to External Facing Work

Work trip turned mini vacation

INFP. The Myers Briggs test didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know. But it gave me a way to fit my skills, professional experience and personal interests into a neat little framework. Nearly 10 years later, I don’t think much has changed.

On this blog, you know me as Dee. In the real world, I’m a business systems manager for a nonprofit organization. It’s a catch-all title, meaning I manage our Salesforce database…but also, any other systems we might adopt. Because #multiplehats.

Getting here —in my career and this blog— hasn’t been a total accident! So I thought I’d share a bit about what that path has looked like for me.

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How to Say No At Work (Without Jeopardizing Your Nonprofit Job)

Writing in Notebook

Boundaries are increasingly important as we grow in our careers. The more we’re able to do, the more people want our time. That’s why one piece of advice seems to stick: saying no at work.

And it makes sense. There’s only so much you can do in one day. Saying no is a matter of necessity, because it’s simply impossible to yes all the things.

There’s just one problem. Saying no isn’t always an option at our orgs.

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26 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care While You’re On the Clock

When you work for a nonprofit, self-care is a must.

In a sector ripe with burn-out, it’s no wonder there are zillions of articles practically screaming for us to relax! This line of work gets hard, especially when you’re a well-intentioned professional who just wants to save the world.

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25 Habits For Moving Up From Your Entry-Level Nonprofit Job

Whether you’ve been at your nonprofit 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?

So 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. 

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20 Things Every Nonprofit Database Admin Can Understand (with GIFs)

Lucifer - We've all been there, right? Database-admin

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Some of us may love the work, but maintaining your team’s database isn’t always easy! Continue reading

The End of Summer Checklist: 10 Ways To Get Work Ready for Fall

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

10 Project Management Skills To Apply To Your Personal Life

Work projects really help us grow in our careers, especially when you’re first starting out. I know that many of the skills I rely on for my role — like prioritization, or managing deadlines — continue to be honed because of the projects I get to work on at my org.

So if these skills make us better at our jobs, why not adopt them when we’re off the clock too?

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