I made a thread like this 3 years ago and haven't seen one for a while. However I’ve seen an uptick in advice threads and thought it would be good to talk about ourselves for a bit. Don't be shy guys!
This post is aimed to look at a few questions that some people may be asking themselves. One of the things a famous children's rights expert told me once that has stuck with me since is that (almost) everyone needs a niche, a specialisation, if they want to:
a) make an impact and
b) get an actual job where you earn actual money AND do what you actually like
For most large non-profits, these days to be able to advance you need at least a masters, maybe some skill certification like project management and, most important of all, experience (intern or job). That's why, when looking for internships, you should be very sure you like that sector (or at least your tasks) because it's very likely going to influence the next 3-5 years of your working life – if not more. If you intern as a project officer in children’s rights there’s a high chance you’ll work in at least one of these two. Then again, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be stuck there forever. Moving out of fundraising into programs and vice versa is very common for example.
What is it that you actually do in your day-to-day? Do you like your sector? What are you good at and what are you not? What do you wish you could have (realistically) known at the start of your career? How did you get to where you are? Would you consider yourself an expert in your field/niche and why? Let's get a good set of answers so that we can all learn from each other!
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