Why Work For An Organization
Working for a non-profit organization is a great way to present opportunities to yourself while serving others!
If you’ve ever volunteered for a local charity event, you recognize the bountiful happiness and purpose working in-hand with an organization can provide you.
More than an extended volunteer opportunity, working full or part time for a 501c3 nonprofit organization or charity is a unique experience for recent college grads and retirees alike, who seek to make good in the world while maximizing their own potential.
While every charity is different in their own way, they all share the common goal of doing good for the world. This inherited human characteristic of good-heartedness is what keeps non-profits afloat and what also presents unique career-focused and exclusive opportunities. Everyone has the desire to help including the public, those in other organizations, popular athletes and celebrities, government officials, and so much more. Since the demographic of people who want to make a difference is practically the entire population, so many opportunities to interact with all walks of life and power will be presented to you as you wear your many hats. (More on “many hats” below.)
Why Work For An Organization
Aside from receiving the utmost happiness and purpose in life, there are many other reasons to spend a few years to work for an organization:
Wear Multiple Hats At Once
To some, the thought of having to continually multi-task might seem overwhelming. However, it truly is a valuable skill to learn which will prepare you for the hectic life of future jobs, entrepreneurship, and even parenthood.
Most organizations simply cannot afford to hire a new employee to run every different aspect of the business. As such, each existing employee gets the opportunity to explore other areas of expertise.
For example, a person hired for Community Outreach will most likely also learn to be fluent with social media, digital artwork programs, measuring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and other measurement outcomes, and so much more which will greatly enhance your resume. You will also find that you will be leaned on for advice in your field, as becoming an expert in a variety of trending skills positions you as a leader.
Knowing so many skills is also a great way to increase your value!
Learn How to Prioritize
As your role develops, you’ll learn to put emphasis on certain duties, while letting other duties take a more passive approach.
In many cases, this is a direct result of not having enough funds or manpower to complete all tasks at once.
It is in these instances where you will need to exercise educated judgment on what will help the organization have a larger impact in both the present and the future, taking into consideration faults and strengths from similar past experiences.
Learn How to Spend Wisely
As a nonprofit, there is no guarantee that the budget will stick for long.
Thinking ahead (and having a decent CFO) will prepare you for worst case scenarios financially, and how to recover quickly.
For instance, what would happen if you run a youth internet-safety program but you can’t afford the internet bill for the kids to even get online? Do you have a “Plan B?”
If your organization is in good hands, you’ll have emergency back-up resources to recover, but that bank account didn’t fill itself… it came from spending wisely and saving up in the past.
Understand the Value of Partnerships
Collaborations are a brilliant way for organizations and businesses to help each other make a difference and can present themselves in a plethora of ways:
- Your after-school education program may provide the school-staff free service to their children.
- A company may match donations dollar for dollar which doubles your funding.
- A local restaurant may agree to give you a percentage of their profits on a particular night of the week.
- The local radio station may give you free air-time if you place their logo on the bottom of your marketing material.
These partnerships are of true value, and should not be taken lightly, as they make a huge impact that may not be recognized on the inside of the organization. Partnerships tend to do well for both businesses, and when both businesses are growing, their impact on the local community also grows!
Chance to Work with Celebrities and Other Big Names
The smaller the organization, the greater of a chance that you will work directly with local athletes, celebrities and key authority figures will want to lend their help to your cause.
Not only will this provide the “cool” factor for you, but if you establish a good rapport with the “big-shots,” there’s a good chance you’ll be working with them again in the future.
Outside of the Box Thinking
With the market saturated with organizations, start-ups, rescues, and glass roots organizations, you’ll need to get creative with your approaches to sourcing funds in order to position your cause as the communities top priority.
Implementing guerrilla marketing, creating public service announcements, entering contests, winning awards, throwing amazing events and establishing exclusive partnerships are a few ways to draw attention to your organization. You will quickly learn how to implement all of these techniques into your organization’s growth strategy as it makes sense in your role.
Every job has it’s perks. A few perks of working for a charity may include:
- Discounted items or services
- Chances to win or receive exclusive prizes, experiences or awards
- Opportunities to attend free workshops, seminars, webinars or college classes
- The ability to establish your name as a key influencer in your field
Ability to Climb the Ladder Quickly
The turn-around for staff is extremely high in non-profits, as not everyone likes to wear many hats. Thus, if you focus on what position you want (or what position you want to create for yourself), the chances of attaining that position quickly is pretty feasible. Be sure to:
- Take every opportunity you get to remind upper-management of your goal, and ask them what it takes to get there.
- Take advantage of free seminars, lectures and other educational resources.
- Constantly come up with new ideas for the organization.
- Of course, go above and beyond with every request.
- Most importantly, put your heart and soul into it. The world needs what you offer and they will soon realize it.
It’s not easy working or running a nonprofit, but whether you work for an organization for a few months, or for the rest of your life, your impact is greatly appreciated by those around you.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on working for an organization in the comments below!