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Careers for the Common Good

Working for the common good can be fulfilling and maddening all at the same time. Most importantly, working for the common good is highly rewarding. Perhaps the best advantage is that it simply feels right to you, right now, to work for something you believe in deeply. (In the nonprofit sector, you'll ALWAYS be working for a mission statement.)

  • Nonprofits employ the most interesting people. Nonprofits get to choose between the best and the brightest candidates and can afford to be picky about who they choose to employ. There is something to be said for working with people who have chosen to work toward a higher goal.
  • Unparalleled growth opportunities exist. One nonprofit employee may find themself assigned to multiple projects. This can lead to faster career development and more varied job responsibilities for those looking to get ahead quickly.
  • Employees can shift skill sets quickly. The nonprofit sector loves a generalist. Nonprofits look to employees to multi-task, and multi-task big time. Because of that, nonprofits offer the opportunity for employees to learn new skills and gain experience in areas they have yet to tackle.
  • The universe gets smaller. The structures are often less hierarchical, and nonprofit employees can take advantage of a smaller internal community.
  • The opportunity to change the world is around every corner. Nonprofits are sophisticated, eager, and able to nimbly respond to opportunities presented by the market. Whether it is a natural disaster half the world away, or a donor down the street who wants the organization to think bigger about its programs, many nonprofits have employed new thinking, technological advances, and entrepreneurial approaches to become agile, adept, and prepared.
  • Nonprofits value business skills. The nonprofit sector is being flooded with people who have spent a day, a year, or a whole career in the for-profit sector and have decided that now is the time to do good and/or work for change.
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