Grant me some solitude
March 27, 2012 8:54 AM Subscribe
Grant writing: is this a good career for an introvert?
posted by indognito to Work & Money (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've done informational interviews with two professionals in the nonprofit grant-writing field, and my SO writes grants for his nonprofit. Maybe it's just the people I've talked to and the stuff I've seen my partner do, but it seems like people who write grants for a living are frequently expected to be "out there," directing the programs they get funded, building interest in the community, etc. There also seems to be a very high quotient of meetings, as well as a need to build personal relationships with grantors.
Coming from ten-plus years in a field that has had me "out there" in the community, I'm looking for a new career that allows me to fly more under the radar and work behind the scenes. I'd really like to spend the vast majority of my time working alone on stuff. Are there grant-writers out there whose working lives are actually like this? Or is it really a field where the ability to build interpersonal relationships counts more than sheer writing ability? (I recognize that most fields require interpersonal skills, of which I have a few, but man I'm sick of basing my livelihood on that.)