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SFU Co-op Student

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Working for a non-profit allows you to be surrounded by other amazing and passionate individuals.

People often overlook the non-profit sector, as an option to carve out a career, yet the sector can offer a lot of rewarding opportunities that may not be available in the public or private sector.

If you are keen on the idea of giving back to the community and making the world a better place, then work in the non-profit sector might be for you!

1. Change the World

Let’s face it, non-profits are becoming a force to be reckoned with today. A lot of these organizations are just as big as private companies, yet their mandate and focus is towards a cause. By working with an organization that carries a vision and goal to help with disaster relief, raise cancer awareness, poverty, and social housing, for example, working in the non-profit sector can be one way to make a difference.

2. Job Enlargement

The opportunities for growth are endless! Sometimes the organization you may work for have small employees, or have a very collaborative work structure. This means that you may be assigned multiple tasks outside your designated position. Think of all the transferrable skills you can apply and acquire by having diverse responsibilities. With this range of experience, your chances of advancement may be greater.

3. Meet Talented and Passionate Individuals Like Yourself

Working for a non-profit allows you to be surrounded by other amazing and passionate individuals. This is a great benefit to you because as the saying goes, “surround yourself with the only people who are going to lift you higher”. Your shared interests and beliefs will help foster a conducive collaborative work environment, and may help you grow too.

4. Do What You Love. Love What You Do.

If you love your job, then it will not feel like work. If you are passionate about the work that you do with the sense that you are making the world a better place, then working for a non-profit may be a benefit for you and the organization too. Your job performance and satisfaction will likely be better.

International Association of Business Communicators, Canadian Public Relations Society
SFU Co-op Student
Mike Wong is an aspiring Public Relations Professional, interested in Crisis Communications and Content Strategy. Connect with Mike on Twitter.

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