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Employer Insight: Skills Needed to Work for a Non-Profit

By: Turkish Philanthropy Funds

Non-profits are fast-paced and utilize nearly every skill you’ve learned throughout your educational career. They’re looking for highly qualified candidates who can keep up and help them realize their mission and goals. But this rapidly expanding marketplace requires a specific skillset that is lost in a corporate setting.

When you’re working on a small team, you’re expected to wear many hats. There may not be an in-house designer, so you better brush up on your Photoshop skills. There also may not be an IT Manager, so make sure you know how to troubleshoot your computer. Below is a compilation of skills that will be expected of any employee working at a non-profit.

Own Your Project – Your manager might give you a task that seems simple, but you should always take complete ownership of it. Ie. Give me a list of donors in Tennessee who have given over $1,000.  Think through every step of the task. What information is the reader looking for? What information do I think might be helpful? How would this best be presented? Triple check before completion. Because of the small staff, there is always a time constraint, listen carefully the first time and present a carefully thought out result.

Be a Self-Starter – Never say you’re bored, as there is always something to do. Employers like people who take initiative. If you finished a project and your employer hasn’t given you something new yet, work on something you’ve been meaning to finish or something you know will impress the staff. Also, if you have a great idea, run with it! Expand upon it and present your great idea to the staff. 

Keep a Positive Attitude – Your task might not always be as cool as attending a swanky cocktail, but we would love if you pretended it was. Some non-profits deal with some depressing issues on a daily basis, an employee with a smile on their face is always like a ray of sunshine.

Be Resourceful – Roll up your sleeves and dive into your project. Employers are looking for someone that is well rounded and knows how to use what’s available to them to be as efficient as possible.

Think Creatively – Creativity is at the core of the non-profit world. We are always thinking of new, innovative ways to achieve something faster, cheaper or more effective. Employees at non-profits should be no different. Think outside the box and challenge the status quo.

While these qualities might be overlooked in other office settings, they are revered in the non-profit world. If you’re interested in working towards impact in an open and transparent environment where you are recognized for achievements, you’re in the right field. Just make sure you brush up on that Intro to Accounting class, because you might need it!

Are you interesting in working for Turkish Philanthropy Funds? Check out their opening on CareerNet – Job ID: 950561

Reflections on Work-Life Balance: Finding “Balance” Through Work that Matters

By: Lisa Krauthamer, Managing Director of Northeast Recruitment for Teach For America

Lisa was a 2005 Atlanta corps member in which she taught second grade. Following her time in the classroom she joined Teach For America’s recruitment team to bring more great people into classrooms and the larger movement to end educational inequity. She currently oversees campus recruitment in the northeast. She graduated from Cornell in 2004 with a degree in policy analysis and management.

Countless commentaries have been published over the last few years seeking to explain and understand the millennial generation. Generally defined as people born between 1980 and 1995, we (disclosure: I am one, though I am a child of the early 1980’s) are said to have a new and different perspective on jobs and the workplace—as well as how these components fit into our lives outside of work.

I have had the pleasure of attending the Wasserman Center’s spring conference for employers the past few years and each year brings more fascinating discussion on millennials.   At a recent conference, a speaker from Universum Global–an organization that surveys students and young professionals about their career aspirations, preferences in the work place, and ideal place to work—reported the results of a recent survey. For three consecutive years, the survey–which queried a huge sample of over 65,000 students—found that millennials seek work-life balance over all else.

But what does work-life balance mean to us and where can we find it? I, like other millennials, interpret work-life balance differently than previous generations. Instead of defining it as having enough time for one’s work and personal/family life, millennials see it as flexible hours and the workplace feeling like a second home–a blurred line between work and one’s personal life.  For me, work-life balance has much to do with whether I am living out my values and passions through my work. When I feel my work is an extension of things I care deeply about, I feel in balance because I have not been forced to choose one over another. Indeed, my work and personal lives are intertwined. The same is true of many colleagues and friends who are of the millennial generation; when they are doing the work that feels important and impactful to them, they feel in balance.

As a newly-minted college graduate and Teach for America corps member teaching elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, I struggled at first to find this balance.  The work was difficult and the hours long. But, I was making a direct impact on students—and I was living out my values of justice, equity, and hard work each day.  For me, this brought the balance I was seeking, with my personal and professional values aligned. I have continued my efforts to achieve that balance in my current role, where I help to recruit new Teach For America corps members. I encourage and challenge my fellow millennials out there to consider work-life balance in a similar way: that is, do work that brings you joy, is meaningful to you and the world, and is impactful. With my bias clearly showing, I believe one of the best ways to do this is through Teach for America, which affords the opportunity to work to combat the inequities in our educational system.

I encourage you to check out this video about how you can bring what you are good at and what brings you joy and meaning into a classroom

Are you interested in working for Teach For America? The next deadline to apply  is October 24th.

Teach For America Corps Member ID 945669

Looking for a post-grad job with meaning? Join the 223 NYU alumni who started their careers with Teach For America—and work from inside and outside the education sector to help make a great education a reality for all. TFA is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life. You have the power to drive change in the classroom and beyond. Choose more and apply
 to the 2015 Teach For America corps. To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org and the Teach For America at NYU Facebook page.

Required to apply:

  • Bachelor’s degree by June 2015
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States, or have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Candidates of all backgrounds, academic majors, and career interests encouraged to apply
  • No educational coursework or certification required to apply


Manna Project International

Taylor Brown is the US Coordinator at Manna Project International. Here, she provides some insight into her position and the work of the organization. Be sure to check out @NYUWassEmployer tomorrow, 4/29, as Manna Project will be guest tweeting our Day in the Life series.

I became involved with Manna Project International as a college sophomore. As a summer intern in Ecuador, I had the opportunity to give practical experience to my international politics and economics degree. Eager to continue the work in which I became involved, I returned to Ecuador as a Program Director as soon as I completed my undergraduate education at Middlebury College. I have had the opportunity to be involved in programs at all three sites (Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala), and now I work with various university chapters of Manna Project, and dialogue with prospective Program Directors.

What is Manna Project?
Manna Project International (MPI) is a nonprofit organization that connects college students, recent graduates and young professionals with communities in Latin America where they can apply their passions, experience, and education. With the vision of communities serving communities, MPI’s model is a collaborative community-based approach to development stressing three organizational pillars: holistic approach, community focus and leadership development. At our sites in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, groups of year-long Program Directors live and work together implementing a range of education, health and livelihood community development programs.

What is holistic community development?
In the development community, the word “sustainability” gets thrown around often. For Manna Project, sustainability can only be obtained by taking on development from a multitude of angles. For example, we have a math and literacy program for primary school children in Nicaragua, but if the students are not healthy, they will not be able to focus on their studies. To this end, MPI Nicaragua developed the “Comedor” program, which focuses on nutrition and dental hygiene. Given our holistic approach, Manna has a variety of programs that promote health, education, and business.

Manna Project also utilizes the unique skill set that each Program Director offers. We have medical school students who primarily focus on the clinics and child development program in Nicaragua, international finance graduates who have pushed the micro-finance program in Ecuador to new heights, and environmentally minded PDs in Guatemala that partnered with a local NGO to construct an addition to a primary school made from plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Each Program Director’s passion keeps Manna moving forward, adopting new programs, and encouraging the community to become more involved running these programs in order to build sustainable change.

Day in the Life: MPI Nicaragua
Founded in 2004, the MPI site in Managua, Nicaragua has grown exponentially since its inception. MPIN runs a number of education programs, from math and literacy, to English, to health education and basic hygiene. There also exists a micro-finance program, where small loans are given to budding businesses in the community. MPIN also works with young children to promote child development and growth in underdeveloped communities that lack access to healthcare facilities. We are present in two clinics, one of which was recently constructed in partnership with Florida State University’s medical school in Cedro Galán, the community in which many of our programs take place. MPIN also partners with Lacrosse the Nations to build leadership and confidence through sport.

Day in the Life: MPI Ecuador
Manna Project expanded to the Chillos Valley of Ecuador in 2007. The majority of our programs in Ecuador take place in our “Centro”, located on the corner of four communities within the Chillos Valley. Education programs include English, computer technology classes, art class, and nutrition to both adults and students in a local high school. The Centro also offers exercise classes five days a week, and is open each afternoon for anyone in the community to stop by. At 2:30 pm every day, the neighborhood children run into the library to play educational games and interact with Program Directors. The micro-finance program took off in 2012, providing loans to small businesses in surrounding communities. The success stories from these small businesses are inspiring, and Manna is already on its third cycle of loans, with 100% payback so far.

Day in the Life: MPI Guatemala
The newest of Manna Project’s sites, Guatemala was integrated into the community of Chaquijyá in 2010. The majority of MPIG’s programs are education based, and take place in the two local primary schools. What really differentiates Chaquijyá from the other communities in which Manna exists is that the primary language of the community is a Mayan dialect called Kaqchikel. Given the bilingual nature of the community, teachers, parents, and students alike are very interested in learning English. Other education programs include art, health, and environmental education. Program Directors are constantly running programs in the local schools and alongside other local organizations in Guatemala.

Spirit of the Program Director
Our Program Directors boast a variety of backgrounds, but all of them come to Manna with a passion for the work we do. Across the board, they are:
•    Open to new experiences
•    Flexible (we are on Latin American time)
•    Creative
•    Self-starters
•    Passionate
•    Relationship builders

Apply today on CareerNet for the International Program Director Internship position. (NYU CareerNet ID 925524)
For more information on Manna Project programs, or for information on how to become involved, please don’t hesitate to email me at taylor.brown@mannaproject.org or visit our website: www.mannaproject.org

Mentor Network Spotlight

NYU Wasserman Center is proud to provide NYU students with the resources to help students explore careers through the Mentor Network. The Mentor Network links NYU students to professionals who are interested in sharing valuable information about industries and potential careers. Stay posted for weekly features on our inspirational mentors.

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Today, we introduce you to Karen McDonough, Founder and Executive Director of World Arts Today Magazine. She talks to us about her career in journalism and what she did in college to prepare for it. Karen graduated from San Diego State University, with a degree in Journalism.

World Arts Today magazine is a non-profit organization providing arts news reporting in the public interest.  Their mission is to report on the vital and necessary role the arts play in an informed society, to improve the quality of arts journalism, to elevate the level of public appreciation of the arts, and to participate in the arts. World Arts Today helps to advance the arts in the public domain by providing independent journalism to benefit communities around the globe and the people they serve.

Name: Karen McDonough
World Arts Today magazine
Founder/Executive Director
College/University you attended:
San Diego State University

How did you find your job?

After more than 25 years in the business, I started my own online magazine.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had?

Selling balloons at a card shop.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?

Always do your best no matter what.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?

What is one weakness? I chose one area that could be an asset or a weakness.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world?

Working as a paid intern writing for The Los Angeles Times.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?

Spend a semester abroad.

Resources of the Week

Financial Services, Management & Consulting:

So you’ve mastered investment terms, and are even becoming conversant in the stock and bond language. Then your boss says, its a “Dead cat bounce.” You look at him, he looks at you, you helpless look around you for suggestions and then immediately type into your search bar.

The Finance Glossary is the online dictionary for terms/phrases used frequently in the finance industry. With this tool, you can increase your understanding of the jargon used in the finance industry. So, next time you’re boss says, “take a bath,” you’ll know that, no, he’s not telling you to take a bath.

Arts, Entertainment & Media

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Hotel Industry Professionals Worldwide on LinkedIn allows you to connect with thousands of other professionals in the hotel industry and share tips, techniques and strategies as well as helping each other with employment and career opportunities across the globe.

Computer Science & Engineering

Have you ever heard of TechCrunch? CrunchGear? Or, TechCrunch IT?

TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. The columnists and contributors bring deep insights from the heart of the tech community. Additionally, CrunchBase, TechCrunch’s open database about start-up companies, people and investors, has become the leading statistical resource for technology companies and transactions. Then comes the CrunchBoard.

The CrunchBoard gives you access to the millions of technology and business savvy readers of TechCrunch, MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch IT. It is one of the most popular job searchs boards for individuals seeking internet or tech jobs.

Diversity, Government, & Non-Profit

Looking for a news source that can give you the latest scoop on the Non-Profit Industry. Check out The Non-Profit Times.

The NonProfit Times is the leading online publication for nonprofit management.  Geared to the executive suite, The NonProfit Times delivers news, business information and original research on the daily operations of tax-exempt organizations.

As an added bonus, you can search for non-profit jobs on their site and read career tips for the non-profit industry here.


Interested in service abroad?

The Global Service Corps mission is to design and implement volunteer service-learning and community development programs that benefit the volunteer participants and positively impact the communities they serve.

Global Service Corps (GSC) is a non-profit leader in service learning and overseas volunteer programs and international internships in Thailand, Cambodia and Tanzania. They offer international volunteer opportunities in various durations including: Volunteer Vacations, 2 week Introductions to Service Learning, 4-6 week Short-term Volunteer Abroad Assignments and 9 Week to 6 month International Internships and Overseas Volunteer Assignments.


Summer Must- Reads: More books to help your career development (Part II)


Stay on top of your game with these books all written to help you achieve your career goals. These bestsellers will change the way you see the world, interact and handle any obstacle that comes your way. Enjoy!

The Art of Mingling: Proven Technique for Mastering Any Room, by Jeanne Martinet

Don’t let your wallflower ways keep you from getting what you want. The Art of Mingling offers great tips on how to work any room. Trust us, after this you’ll be the life of the party… or at least be able to network better.





Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz

Want to know the key to success? According to Ferrazzi and Raz it is networking. Learning how to cultivate relationships is an important part of life. Never Eat Alone teaches readers how to make connections using their handy outlines and strategies. The important thing to remember is that it isn’t just about getting what you want; it’s also about making sure those who are important to you also get what they want.



Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel

 Who would have thought that everything your mother taught you is completely wrong in dealing with your career ambitions. Not to worry Frankel has you covered and will educate you on what you need as a woman to continue to make that climb to the top.





The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas L. Friedman

Understanding the world we live in is crucial in navigating today’s job markets. Whatever your career path The World is Flat gives the reader an understanding of the events that have shaped today’s ‘flat’ and fast globalized world. Friedman explains how this happened and demystifies complex foreign policy and economic issues that are currently shaping the global.



Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, by Martha C. Nussbaum

In Not for Profit, Nussbaum urges us to consider the issues that arise when we put economic growth ahead of humanitarian growth. For students interested in the Non-Profit sector this book is a must read because it takes a look at the impact that education focused on trade rather than knowledge has on our society.




Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations offers readers a guide to handling life’s most difficult conversations. Learn how to be persuasive, talk about almost anything, and prepare for nearly every situation with Patterson’s six-minute mastery technique.






In case you missed it: WeDidItnyc A Day in the Life

Catch up with Oscar’s day in the life at WeDidItnyc! Follow his tweets to see what its like working for this crowdfunding start-up. Click the WeDidIt! logo for more!

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