One of the most interesting “industries” to emerge in the past several years is that of non-profits.
Now, first things first – if you think a non-profits job is the same as a volunteer position, think again. While non-profits aren’t centered around the almighty individual buck (which I find refreshing!), you can have a very successful, fulfilling career in this industry. Just ask the people working for non-profits started by the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet – non-profits that have been so successful at funding their causes that they earned the title of philanthrocapitalists!
This article already does a great job of breaking down who should consider a job in non-profits and why. Specifically, it calls out five kinds of people who should consider a job in this area:
1. You can’t be sure which career will suit you, so after graduation, you’re postponing graduate school.
2. You’re staggering under your student-loan burden and at the rate you’re paying, you’re looking at 20 to 25 years of indenture.
3. You’re in mid-career when you find yourself wondering if this is all there is.
4. You enjoy the community that gathers around a cause or creative field – political issues, art and music, higher education – but don’t want to become a front-line practitioner.
5. You have reached the Third Age, as Europeans have named it – the Age that comes between Middle and Old – but you have enough energy, mental and/or otherwise, to be restless.
Have you ever had a job in the non-profit sector? What was your experience?