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Submitted by CJ on
This article resonates with me as my dream of having a career in the non-profit sector has mostly fizzled out. I have an MA in international development, speak 4 languages well enough to use them for work tasks, IT skills, people skills and loads of international experience. After completing my MA I made over 200 job applications. I eventually got a 6 month volunteer gig abroad, then a 4 month internship, one 3-month writing contract and 6 months at a non-profit business that had no charitable or humanitarian goals. I ended up teaching English abroad to pay off my student debt and now feel quite bitter about the entire non-profit sector as I was a top candidate who never got a job. It seems the people I know who got jobs were those with corporate experience who could easily detach themselves from the human factors of the cause and simply work with the numbers. That being said, knowing that the people who didn't see my potential are retiring soon makes me want to consider trying again.

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