How to improve my career in the nonprofit industry?
December 3, 2010 8:56 AM Subscribe
Nonprofit career professionals: Is it advised to focus within one sector of the industry, like the arts, or is it okay to move into different sectors through out your career?
posted by elegance to work & money (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I studied music performance in college, graduated, and worked for a temp agency in two administrative positions in academia for about a year, both considered to be nonprofits.
From there, I managed to get a job working for a nonprofit performing arts company for three years. I really enjoyed it, but recently had to move, leaving my job behind. Part of the reason I really enjoyed it was from the amount of event planning/fundraising that my job involved.
I am now at a crossroads in my career, and not sure what to do. I would like to stay within the nonprofit industry. However, I'm not sure if I should focus on any job within the arts, an event planning/fundraising job within the arts, or an event planning/fundraising job within the general nonprofit industry.
How to people move up their careers in the nonprofit industry? Is it common to go from academia to arts to working with the homeless, for example? Or do people usually stay within one sector?