Start the New Year Right

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What people mostly associate when it comes to the New Year is an invisible reset button where they can push to start anew. At the start of the year, most are thinking great ideas on how to make their lives better, that’s why there’s a great influx of business startups and job applications. If you’re one of these people, you might want to look into nonprofit careers from the non-profit sector of the job industry.

What are nonprofit jobs? Believe me, I also haven’t heard of this until recently. From what I’ve learned there are three sectors - government, private and the independent sector. As you may have guessed, non profit jobs fall into the independent sector. From first impressions, I thought that these careers nonprofit mostly involves volunteer work. I was misinformed.

Although yes, the independent sector mostly involves organizations which directly addresses the issues of poverty, the environment and youth development (just to name a few), they also include universities, religious institutions, hospitals, trade associations and unions and also museums. I was surprised to learn that there’s also a wide range of career paths especially for newly grad students in this sector alone.

One might argue that the independent sector may indeed pay lower during the startup but it is offset by the exposure to experience and opportunities that are readily available to employees who choose this career path. Not to mention that you’re also contributing something valuable to the society.

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