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.
When I’m not configuring databases at my day job, or writing/drawing about it on this blog, then I’m trying to excel at other basic human pursuits. There are the big ones, like eating healthy and staying fit, but I’m talking about the small, less interesting stuff – tiny projects and tasks that when tackled, make your personal life feel just a little more organized.
Like the cable drawer.
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.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about my career these past few months – where I am, where I’m headed, and where I’d like to be. And as I’ve thought about all the big changes that need to happen to accomplish my goals, I came to terms with the fact that there was one small thing I really needed to re-evaluate.
My wardrobe. Continue reading
I’ve seen many articles on the benefits of the morning routine, each of which has fallen along similar lines: successful people wake up before 6am, they’re super intentional about planning their days, and with discipline, we can all be the same way. There are even guides on how people can do this.
That’s all great. The problem is that I’m just not there yet. Continue reading
Have you ever been asked to build, or modify, a flyer during your nonprofit career? Whether you’ve worked in program services, volunteer management or development, I’m guessing the answer is yes. It’s certainly happened to me more than a few times!
If you’re Illustrator savvy, this isn’t a big ask. But if not, you’ve probably wondered ‘where do I begin? And WHY can’t we just contract this out to someone else for crying out loud?’ Continue reading