Working for a Non-Profit

Having a career in non-profit can be extremely fulfilling and rewarding. However as with any career, there will be advantages and disadvantages you will encounter. If you are not the right fit for the job, you may find that this profession is not ideal for your, however, if you are the right fit, you will find that this career has more advantages than disadvantages.
Pros
• You work for a cause or mission you are passionate about. One of the main perks about working non-profit is the fact that you will be working for a mission you really care about. Whether it’s ending child hunger or finding a cure for breast cancer, this mission means a lot to you and will give you incentive and motivation to work hard. In essence you are a paid volunteer.
• You will meet and interact with all types of people. There are some non-profits who will work will celebrities during certain events. Not only do you get to experience working with people in the entertainment industry, you can also meet and establish relationships with possible donors and future contacts. This can be very exciting not just for your organization but for you and your future career as well.
• You can advance in your career. As a non-profit worker, there is a chance for you to advance in your career. While you do need a master’s degree you can eventually work your way up to becoming a non-profit organization director. This is the person that is essentially will be in charge of the organization and run its main events.
• You will receive certain perks. Some organizations are small but they do what they can to help out their employees. Some organizations can provide education stipends or even paid time off. They also give other perks as well, such as free lunches during events or transportation to and from events.
Cons
• The pay is not very high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of those working non-profit was $59,970. It’s not the highest paying job for those who have large families they need to support. While it can be emotionally enriching or rewarding, those who need higher pay may be struggling.
• It can be hard to find an entry level position. Some organizations do not hire entry level positions and will require you to have some sort of related work experience. This can get frustrating especially if all the organizations you wish to work for have this requirement.
• It can get very stressful. Again if your organization is small you may find yourself being a multitasker with an endless list of jobs to fulfill. This can become very stressful for a person, especially if they are not a great multitasker.
• The hours can be irregular. Some people enjoy stable hours with set days off, however non-profits can have irregular hours due to fundraising events. Some of these events can even be last minute and you will be required to cancel plans to help out.
Sources
1. http://www.bridgespan.org/Publications-and-Tools/Career-Professional-Development/NonprofitCareers/Building-a-Nonprofit-Career-Path.aspx#.VIu9_jHF-Ck
2. http://graduate.baypath.edu/graduate-programs/programs-online/ms-programs/nonprofit-management-and-philanthropy
3. http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/1987/07/art4full.pdf
4. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-2031.00

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