Jobs in NGO’s, foundations, nonprofit, public sector…

Imagine a triangular table, with three legs. You need the three legs to be of equal length so as to have a stable and well balanced table. Now imagine this table is your job. And the legs are the following:

  1. The tasks = the ‘what
  2. The workplace = the ‘where and how
  3. The mission = the ‘why

Some of our clients discovered that they had been focusing on changing jobs, hoping that the workplace was the cause for their lack of professional well-being regardless of their passion and talent for the tasks they were asked to do. But at the end of the day, even if they find more friendly environments, less stressful, more professional, etc.. they still find themselves unsatisfied. When we work on analysing their values and priorities in depth, it jumps out at them that the cause of this was the other leg: the mission of the companies or organisations they had been working for.

In the private sector, maybe most of the actors’ real mission is just profit making. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like this. There are companies that while seeking to get profit, have a mission (we are talking about the real one, not the one many companies state for marketing purposes) that is meaningful to you.

If you are more concerned with social, environmental, educational or cultural aspects, it might be more probable to find that ‘proper leg’ in the so called ‘third sector’: nonprofit organisations, NGO’s, foundations… or the ‘public sector’.

Here are some links so you can start investigating jobs in these areas -not an exhaustive list but just to have some idea of the sector and its characteristics:

If you find yourself in this situation (struggling to find a meaningful job), we suggest that you stop postponing your professional well-being aspirations and start with some specific modules that will help you immediately. You can just hire and profit from personalised short modules. Each module takes only 1 or 2 hours of your time and will be more than worth it! For this situation, we suggest the following modules:

Values and priorities module (SA.2)
Personal mission statement and One-Page-Me® module (SA.6)
Strengths and weaknesses module (SA.3)
Skills comprehensive inventory module (SA.5)
SWOT analysis and Action Plan definition module (DM.2)

Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us

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