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The New York Times reports today on a particularly depressing aspect of the recession: evidence that the latest generation of workers to emerge from college is finding it difficult to get work, and is simply being left behind by circumstance.
Opening with a snapshot of one 24 year old job seeker’s struggle to find work, the piece hits on many of the issues facing young careerists today. While generational differences are played up, however, one of the main themes that emerges is the idea of expectation: the job seeker in question chooses to pass up a $40,000 a year job because he worries it might “stunt” his career. His father and grandfather, meanwhile, tell tales of their own careers that involve largely getting started by accident and maneuvering as best they could once they were in a field.
That underlines a fundamental difference in approach—and attitude—that bodes even more ill for the current crop of graduates than the woeful unemployment figures suggest. We’ve all read the stories about how the millennial generation expects to be able to shape their lives to a degree that previous generations (my own included) would have found unthinkable. While it was difficult to grasp that concept prior to the recession, seeing it in action at a time when 9.5 percent of the country’s willing workers can’t find an open position is particularly jarring.
The article makes obligatory mention of the fact that millennials “are better educated than previous generations and they were raised by baby boomers who lavished a lot of attention on their children”—even going so far as to use this point to explain the “optimism” of the generation in the face of the recession. What it doesn’t sufficiently explain, however, is how that “better educated” generation can rationalize that not getting any experience of the corporate world at all is better than working a “dead end” position with the opportunity to at least make some contacts and bolster a resume.
Of course, a member of a different generation explaining the inherent danger in that kind of logic always runs the risk of being accused of being too down on the younger set. With that in mind, then, perhaps the most compelling reason is the graphic to the left that accompanies the Times piece, which shows that unemployment among the millennial generation—18 to 29 year olds—”approaches the levels of that group in the Great Depression.”
If that’s not enough to make one rethink a strategy of waiting for something better to come along—and risking falling further behind at every step of the way—not much will.
Everyone has dreams of either saving the world or making lots of money; and many of those people believe that there is no way to accomplish one task without forsaking the other. This belief has led many people to shy away from a career at a non-profit…until now.
In addition to President Barack Obama’s call to public service, the need for skilled job seekers in this sector has grown as individuals coping with a tough economy turn to nonprofits for unemployment assistance, workforce development, healthcare, housing, and food distribution. As a result, Black Enterprise noted that wage and salary jobs in this growing sector are projected to increase 14% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Black Enterprise Magazine, which interviewed Vault.com for their latest article on Nonprofit Careers, also adds that there are currently about 1.4 million nonprofit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service, mostly as 501( c ) (3) tax exempt “public charities,” under the following categories: charities, foundations, social welfare, or advocacy organizations; community-based organizations; professional and trade associations; and religious organizations. Nonprofits are out there, but are they worth pursuing?
While attending Baruch College, I had to take a mandatory internship class and while others in my field were taking internships at Sports Illustrated, I felt I could get more experience working at a nonprofit community newspaper. On my first day on the job, I was given a story about a pharmacy that had burned down and immediately relocated to a bigger location across the street. Within a month, I had my first front page story about the Bronx River cleanup. And before my internship was over, I was attending City Hall hearings on the controversial water filtration project that resulted in a renaissance for New York City parks.
I chose experience over name recognition. As Carolyn C. Wise, Vault’s senior education editor, noted in a recent Business Insider story on the perfect internship program, “The prestige of a program is the obvious resume gold star, but if you’re making copies and coffee all summer the name won’t matter.” The experience I gathered at the nonprofit helped me become an expert in various fields when I became an editor for another for-profit paper.
Later, when I decided to leave the paper, after eight years on the job, numerous raises, and a sale to a prestigious media empire, I took a position as an associate manager for public relations at a major nonprofit and ended up making more money with better health benefits, clearly debunking the myth that nonprofit means low pay. Vault’s career experts point out in the Black Enterprise piece that senior management and mid-level positions at nonprofits are competitive with salaries at major corporations.
With that settled – what kind of jobs are out there in the nonprofit sector? If you are a writer of any kind, there are a number of great opportunities available, especially when you consider how important grant writing is to obtain the funding necessary to keep nonprofits afloat. If you have management skills, nonprofits will need your decision-making abilities. For every field in the for-profit sector, there is a potential job in nonprofits.
The Black Enterprise piece is a very helpful resource. If you know a particular nonprofit company, check their website. Also, Vault has released its first Guide to Nonprofit Careers, offering a realistic look at what to expect from nonprofit jobs, the types of nonprofit jobs available and what companies are leading the pack, along with the usual cover letter, resume and interview tips many come to expect from Vault guides. There are plenty of resources at your fingertips. Let your preconceptions go. There is a new path to career success waiting for you.
CNBC recently ran a feature on The 15 Best Green Tech Startups. The list was hand-picked by Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos, and represents his selection of companies in the green-tech field that are most likely to “make it.” Assuming that “making it” leads to hiring, we’ve taken the liberty of checking out each of the 15 companies and identifying positions with each.
As you’ll see if you scroll down the list, most of the positions aren’t “green” jobs at all. These aren’t firms seeking environmental engineers or carbon reduction gurus to lead them out of the wilderness. They are, for the most part, companies attempting to do what any other company does: make a profit and grow. They’re just seeking to do it from green technologies and alternative energy. As such, the people they’re seeking to recruit aren’t so much green specialists as business specialists. Bottom line: if you have legitimate skills and experience in your field–whether it’s accounting or project management–these firms want to hear from you.
So if you’re interested in a career with a firm that has a strong chance of going places in the coming years, you could do worse than peruse this list and check out some of the vacancies on offer. Please note that this list is far from exhaustive–most of these companies have more opportunities than we have listed, and are likely to be adding more as the weeks and months roll on. Check their websites for more details.
Silver Spring Networks
- Director/Sr Director of Accounting & Finance
- Project Engineer
- Sr. Manufacturing Process Engineer – Fermentation
- QA Manager, Software and Embedded Systems
- QA Test Engineer: Embedded Systems
- Embedded Systems Architect
- Product Marketing Manager
- Reliability Engineer
- Sales Support/Development Engineer for Asia Pacific Region
- Consulting Services Manager
- Product Marketing, Manager or Sr. Manager
- Software Engineering Intern
“…the opportunity to contribute across the full range of the product, including CRM and process support, building modeling, solution recommendation and impact modeling, construction project management, and environmental monitoring.”
No openings on their website at this time.
No openings on their website at this time.
Posted by Phil Stott. Research by Alex Tuttle, Vault.com
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