10 Reasons To Work For A Non-Profit

June 12, 2015 by Jeff

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When it comes to jobs or careers, we usually find ourselves in one of three different scenarios. One, we just finished our schooling and are now looking to apply our degree. Two, we have been in a  certain job for a while and are ready for a change. Or three, we lost the job we had and are looking to get back into the workforce. Whatever scenario fits your life today, the bottom line is that you are looking for a job.  

Here are ten reasons why you should look at a nonprofit for your next job:

1. You’ll be making a difference. The work you will be doing will be affecting people in a positive way. You will be part of a movement. You will be using your own to hands to make a tangible difference.

2. You’ll be working with good, passionate people. This is key to enjoying your job anywhere. You will be working alongside people that are excited about the same things you are. There is no better feeling than joining forces with a team to accomplish a mission.

3. You’ll be challenged.  Every day you will be presented with challenges. Non-profit work is highly creative. From using your skill and passion for getting people excited about your cause to coming up with logistical solutions to do more with the resources you have so you can serve more.  

4. You’ll work hard but get great satisfaction from your work. Most of the time a 40 hour, Monday through Friday experience is not what you’ll get. You will be working long hours, over weekends, maybe even so much that you lose your social life for a time. The crazy part is that you will love it. The hard work will be so satisfying and when the work is done, let the celebration begin.  In the words of Steve Jobs:

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle. 

5. You’ll live a more balanced life.  Yes, in one hand, you’ll work hard, and there will be seasons where you’ll work weekends and even holidays. In the other hand, the people-first approach of most non-profits means that your employer is most likely to offer flex-schedule, better benefits, relaxed dress codes, and other non-monetary perks that make life richer in and out of work.

6. You’ll live adventurously. You may get to travel to places you would have never gone yourself. Learn about things you never knew. Meet people from around the globe that inspire you. Most people that work for a non-profit will have at least one story of an amazing adventure.

7. You’ll move up.  Consider an internship as a long term interview. Since most non-profit organizations are small, tight-knit communities, the most important thing they are looking for is if you fit into the culture. If you do, and you do a good job, chances are you are in.

8. You’ll get to wear different hats and gain an array of transferable of skills. If you stick around long enough, you will find yourself with a whole stack of business cards with all the different titles you have held. Instead of doing the same thing your entire career, you will be able to move around within the organization, find out what you like, and learn new skills.

9. There is a good chance you’ll meet your future spouse there. When you are working in a place that you are passionate about, most likely the other people working in that place have the same passion. And this passion isn’t shallow like liking the same foods, it’s deep, like having a heart for the poor, caring for someone or something above themselves, wanting to make this world a better place. And when you connect on that level, watch out. At Amor alone, we have had five marriages between staff members!

10. You’ll make enough money. You might not be featured in Forbes, but you will make enough money. Your ends will meet, your family will be provided for, and you will live a modest, but a great life.That being said, the nonprofit sector is growing, and salaries are becoming more competitive to retain great talent, so following your heart might be the right move for your future after all.

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