10 Step Guide to Finding a Nonprofit Job!
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Education and Building Experience
If after looking at your experience and find you want to supplement your skill set, it may be worthwhile to look into educational opportunities.This could mean working towards another degree or even just taking a weekend training course. Local colleges also offer courses in finance or administration that may be helpful and online certification programs are available too.
If you do attend workshops, conferences or a speaker series, be sure to add these to your resume. There are often volunteer possibilities at conferences too that waive the registration fee so job searching will not break your bank.
Also consider interning or volunteering for a nonprofit you’re interested in. Although unpaid labor is not always appealing, it’s a great way to gain some hands on experience and learn more about an organization. After having this experience, you’ll be better able to decide if it is a good fit for you. And when there is a job opening in the future, you will be more prepared than someone outside the organization.
Should you be considering higher education there are few options of continuing education and degrees that will help you in your nonprofit career:
10 Steps to Start Your Nonprofit Career!
Stand Out with a Bachelor’s Degree
The job market is more competitive than ever and if you want to be a standout applicant and earn more money, you should consider receiving a Bachelor’s Degree. A program will offer an array of courses, making it easier to determine which area of interest you want to focus on in your career. As far as specific areas of study that are helpful for a career in a nonprofit, you cannot go wrong! Any major will be of use in your nonprofit so follow your interest and you’ll have no problem finding a nonprofit working in that area or needing someone with your talents.
Gain Expertise with a Master’s Degree
If you want to continue your educational career, you’ll come away with greater expertise and will be a more competitive candidate for any nonprofit position. Here are some degrees that can be helpful in the nonprofit sector:
MBA: Master’s of Business Administration
As nonprofits look to quantify their results and measure the impact of their programs, they are turning to MBA students to help the implement systems that are common in the for profit world and put to use their knowledge in finance and operations. This degree could lead to a career as a director, financial or operations officer, program analyst, business manager or marketing director. Programs generally last two years but there are some expedited programs. A MCAT or GRE test is usually required for the application so plan well in advance of the application deadline.
MBA: Master’s of Public Administration
This degree is similar to a MBA in that it offers training in a variety of functional areas. The degree is often offered in conjunction with studies in Nonprofit Management and would be perfect if you are interested in managing personnel or projects at a nonprofit or working elsewhere in the public affairs field. The program is generally two years and most schools require a GRE entrance examination with the application. Some courses offer a degree affiliation with the Peace Corps that combines traditional on campus study with Peace Corps service.
MBA: Master’s of Public Policy
For this degree you will learn how to analyze, manage and lead in public service. You are also able to concentrate within certain schools such as international and global affairs. This program is also generally two years and most schools require a GRE entrance examination with the application. developed strong administrative and leadership skills from working three years in a four-star restaurant.”
Certifications and Training Courses
Certifications offer training in areas including fundraising, marketing, finance, board relations, program evaluation and human resources. The certificate is very helpful if you would like to be an Executive Director, Director of Development, Program Director or Manager.
You can learn more about schools, look for educational fairs in your area. US News & World Report also offers a ranking of the best graduate schools every year in a number of disciplines and Harvard’s Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector is a great resource if you are new to the field.
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