I believe that ALL sectors have MANY pros; however, the nonprofit sector has more pros than cons. The nonprofit sector offers:
- A LOT more exposure because it allows for the opportunity to interact with individuals from all types and levels of organizations, such as government, corporate, and the community at large.
- Nonprofits also offer more flexible working conditions and environments, which can be favorable to sector switchers, women and those just starting their career journey. Although the government and corporate sectors are looking at alternative options for its workers, and has started making some changes to their work cultures, the nonprofit world is light years ahead of them on such issues as working from home, flexible scheduling, job sharing, various types of leaves of absence, and other benefits.
- Bright individuals who are passionate and committed to their cause. They are working for their nonprofit organization because they believe they are making a difference in the world, or because they believe in the direction of their organization, or that they have a lifelong passion for the work that their group does. This is not often the case in the private sector, where money always is the bottom line, and many co-workers can be unhappy with their salaries, work conditions, and upward movement (or lack thereof) within the company.
So, the differences between the private and the nonprofit sector can be extreme, or strikingly similar. However, taking all of these factors into consideration is important before making a decision on whether sector switching is for you. If you decide that you are ready for a sector switch…you need to strategize, plan and even reach out to some experts in this area to help you map your career and make the journey as pleasant as possible.
You might figure out that you are NOT meant to be a sector switcher and simply need to change your area of interest, a new department or simply become your own boss by becoming an entrepreneur. Whatever YOU decide is right for YOU is where you should be. Most of us spend more time working than we do at home, with family or friends, so choose something YOU love, are passionate about and would do for FREE!!!