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The YU Career Strategist

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9 • February 6, 2024

Note from the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director

People may associate nonprofit careers with lower earning potential, and although this can be said about many career paths, what is generally unique to this specific sector is the personal reward in contributing to something you are passionate about. Working towards an organization’s overall mission, rather than generating profit for its employees, can be incredibly rewarding. I know that not everyone is able to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector at the start, yet it may be something you can build towards for the future.

Most people will have two and perhaps even three or four different careers during their lives. The skills you develop in the areas of leadership can easily transition to the nonprofit sector somewhere down the line. Darren Walker is the president of the Ford Foundation after having worked in finance, including roles at UBS and the Rockefeller Foundation. Leila Janah, who was a fierce entrepreneur and CEO of Samasource, dedicated her life to helping people who fell below the poverty line before dying of cancer in 2020. She began her career in management consulting. And most notably, Eric Goldstein did not come from the not-for-profit world nor did he have prior experience in managing charitable organizations prior to becoming the CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York. The toolbox of skills these people acquired throughout their careers is what built the foundation to nonprofit leadership.

Our YU students are good people who have the potential to make significant changes in our world. Raising a family and educating children is very expensive, and the nonprofit sector may not be the right place to be immediately following graduation. I encourage you to think about it down the line, once you acquire and hone the skills which will bring you financial, career and personal success. There may be a path to uncover where you can balance financial expectations with intrinsic reward. Naomi Kapp, associate director of career advising in the SGC, highlights many career options in the nonprofit world paralleling the for-profit sector, such as accounting, finance, law, strategic planning, marketing and information technology.

Ideas to ponder as you plan your futures. Regardless of where you work, the world is a better place with our Yeshiva University students in it.

Susan

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