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?
Last night, I was on the phone catching up with one of my cousins. He doesn’t work for a nonprofit, but our roles are similar enough that it’s easy for us to get lost in work chat. We eventually got onto the subject, and began opening up about the different challenges we faced that week.
He started to share a story about one of his supervisors, who I immediately remembered from a past conversation as being uniquely difficult to work with. Continue reading
*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.*
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.
But before you run off to plot your first big promotion, Continue reading
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.
Events are the double-edged sword of the nonprofit world.
For attendees, they can certainly offer an engaging experience. I’ve seen people get inspired watching a student speak about their classroom experience, and I’ve even bawled hearing a keynote explain how kids use karate to cope cancer. When it comes to conveying mission and getting others onboard, there’s no doubt that nonprofit events are a must.