Careers in nonprofit organizations
While small organizations do not employ a lot of people, the larger ones employ several specialists. Some of the common entry level careers offered in a nonprofit organization include –
Administrator, program coordinators, campaign organizers, communications organizer, community representatives, Marketing Manager, fund raisers, publication editors, field directors, office managers, press assistant, project director, assistants, counselors, vocational Instructors etc.
ADVANTAGES OF WORKING IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR
Working in the non-profit sector provides a high level of autonomy and is challenging. The work environment is less competitive, non-threatening, less pressured as compared to that in the corporate sector.
In general, nonprofit organizations are now turning more businesslike with increase in economic, political and market pressures. Nonprofits are setting more stringent financial goals, discussing strategic planning, and repositioning themselves to take advantage of market niches.
DISADVANTAGES OF WORKING IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR
The drawbacks of working in the development sector are:
a) Salaries and benefits are a few scales lower than those offered in the for-profit sector.
b) Salaries could also be affected due to inconsistent funding in smaller organizations.
c) Low level of Job security.
d) Work conditions may not be as favorable when working with the less fortunate.
It is important to consider both these advantages and disadvantages of working in the nonprofit sector before coming to some conclusions when making a career decision.