How Working for a Non-Profit Can Pay Off
If you are considering working for a non-profit organization, you should realize that—while there may be some challenges involved with the position—there can also be some career benefits, if you are open to seizing them.
This article discusses a few pros and cons of working for a non-profit. Many of the things that initially seem like hurdles can have upsides, with the right approach. For example, non-profits are often shorthanded, so you may end up doing lots of tasks that aren’t technically in your job description. While it can be stressful to have to wear many hats, the benefit is that you will pick up many new skills and get some on-the-job experience in areas that may be very valuable to your career.
Also, a non-profit (and its staff) will likely be very dedicated to their mission, so you will be expected to give your full commitment to the cause. But this can be very emotionally fulfilling, and can also show that you are a community-minded person who likes to give back. This will likely impress your business connections and potential future employers.
You should also be aware that non-profit salaries can pretty much run the gamut. While it is true that many organizations are hurting financially and can’t pay the big bucks, often charitable organizations will make it a priority to offer competitive salaries in order to get the most qualified people.
What is your experience in working with non-profits? Share in the comments.
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