In-Class Blog 9/20/16

As a strategic communications major, I have countless careers open to me. I know that I want a writing career, but I’m not entirely sure what I would like to be writing about upon graduation. I am certain, however, that I will be restless and unfulfilled unless I know that I’m making a difference in the world — so my heart finds itself inclined to working for a non-profit.

Non-profit work has the potential to offer increasingly competitive pay, the promise of social impact, an opportunity to build a diverse resume, and a space for young people — new in a field — to thrive.

Interestingly, depending on where one researches non-profit work, there is quite a bit of disagreement about what to expect. According to U.S. News and World Report, there’s no guarantee that a non-profit pays its employees competitively.

According to New York Daily News, on the other hand, there is an upward trend in salaries at non-profits in an attempt to gain (and maintain) talented workers that might normally apply elsewhere for a job. The Daily News also notes that what employment at a non-profit lacks in salary, it compensates for with benefits like vacation days and flexible work hours.

Personally, I value social impact more than money, and find this prospect immensely appealing.

Non-profit work is also a vastly varied field. Idealist Careers notes that both conservatives and liberals can be found rallying behind non-profits, dispelling the myth that they are predominantly left-leaning organizations. Since I identify as more libertarian than anything else, I find this encouraging.

Idealist Careers also states that the non-profit sector is especially promising for young people, who may find more leadership opportunities than they would in the corporate world. New York Daily News concurs that non-profit work allows a young employee to hone an arsenal of interrelated skills that will later prove invaluable on a resume.

This is significantly exciting to me as a young woman entering the workforce. I already know I will face some systemic obstacles as a female employee, and I want to give myself the best shot possible at success.

While passion for one’s field might be a minimal consideration in a standard job interview, U.S. News and World Report says being enthused about a non-profit’s social cause is a considerable advantage by comparison. This, more than anything else, I hope will empower my future career.