If you consider yourself a modern ambitious professional, chances are that you have a very unique blend of priorities. For example, you may have the desire to serve in a public sector or nonprofit leadership role or volunteer, all while enjoying flexible work arrangements. This flexibility has manifested itself both within organizations, with employees requesting more telecommute or work-from-home opportunities, as well as in the manner in which employees are spending less time with individual organizations, advancing their careers while working for a number of companies.
By definition, any job you choose will have a purpose, whether it is producing widgets or serving as president. But it could be argued that careers in nonprofit offer the added benefit of having a higher purpose, where your efforts could directly impact positive change. If that sounds like something that interests you, here are seven nonprofit jobs you may consider pursuing for an enriching career.
Whether you are looking to land your first professional job or your résumé brims with career experience, it’s important to know what today’s top employers are seeking in the ideal job candidate. Experiential Education & Career Services hosted the Food Service & Hospitality Career Fair at the Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus on October 22, and we asked recruiters what makes an applicant stand out. Here is how you can make a great impression and, more important, land that job.
For some, the thought of dealing with numbers all day long is frightening. For others, it sounds boring. But for some of us, it is quite interesting. The first thing you need to know about a career in finance is … you DO NOT spend your entire day dealing with numbers. Yes, I know I am yelling there, but it is important to know your expertise in finance is simply a skillset to make you a more effective employee, manager, or owner.
Nearly eight months ago, I jumped ship. For more than a decade I had worked in the magazine industry, pursuing a career in writing and editing for glossy national titles (many that you would recognize from the supermarket checkout line or even your own mailbox). If my experience in any way resembled The Devil Wears Prada, this would be a juicy, sympathetic tale. In truth, I worked with caring, compassionate, and creative professionals, and it was a difficult decision to steer my career in a different direction.
Everyone wants to be at the top. The top has the nicest views and the best luxuries. However, all those things might not be so nice and luxurious if you’re absolutely dreading what you have to do in order to have them. Not being able to find a job after graduation is a scary thought, but what’s even scarier is going through a program to earn a degree in something you don’t enjoy, just because there is a current need for jobs in that industry with a high pay scale. Although I’m still in school myself, I’ve heard enough career advice in my days from mentors.
One quality I take pride in (and for which I can thank my mother) is that I’ve always been a hard worker. I work hard in school to get good grades, I work hard at the gym to keep myself healthy and in good shape, and I work hard at work. Even in high school, I worked more than one job at a time — and I still do. My very first part-time job was cashiering at a local supermarket. Cashiering was never in my career aspirations — as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an event planner — but you have to start somewhere, right?
Have you ever watched Tiger Woods swing a golf club? Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, the home of the Masters, spring break aligned with the prestigious annual tournament. But instead of heading to the beach for the week, most teenagers (myself included) signed up for odd jobs at the National. In between shifts of checking in backpacks and umbrellas at the coat-check stand or spreading pimento cheese on soft white sandwich bread at a food tent, you were free to weave into the ticket-carrying crowds and walk the course.
At my previous job, I might as well have been sitting on a spring—it was rare that I sat at my desk for an hour straight. I worked as an editor for a cooking magazine, and test cooks would call over the intercom whenever food was ready to taste in the kitchen. Getting up several times a day to eat prime rib, peanut-butter cookies, or fried chicken, I used to think that this was a recipe for poor health—turns out, calories aside, this frequent movement is exactly what more and more health professionals are prescribing for office workers: Sitting for lengthy periods of time, like at your computer from 9 to 5, can be linked to many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Short of trading our ergonomic office chairs for hamster wheels, what are we to do?
Success at work isn’t only measured by a stellar salary and company pension. We spend so much time at work that staying positive and being happy should be a top priority. Below are eight tips that can lead you to a truly fulfilling career.