Did you know that it is possible to have a career in the social sector, where you’re not only contributing to doing good, but also get paid for your work like you would in any other industry?
The social sector in India is growing and needs talented professionals in many areas. You can consider a career in the social sector if you are:
– Passionate about social causes and want to contribute, but don’t know how to go about it.
– On a career break, but want to challenge yourself and put your skills to use.
– Looking for part-time/flexi work options. Returning to work after a baby can be an incredibly daunting and difficult experience for Indian women. The transition can be made smoother by working for an NGO during the time off.
Not everyone working for an NGO is a volunteer. Many NGOs are highly professionalized and the majority of the workforce is on the payroll. NGOs have strong grass-root level personnel who run programs consistently, but require skilled/experienced professionals in the following areas:
Public Relations & Marketing – NGOs need media professionals with a strong network to reach out to the general public about the NGO’s activities.
Communication – NGOs seek candidates with experience in content development (writing/design) to develop material showcasing the NGO’s work. Material includes marketing collaterals, presentations, proposals, annual reports, nominations for awards, newsletters, press releases, brochures, articles for magazines and publications.
Fundraising – NGOs require candidates with strong networking and interpersonal skills to facilitate the inflow of funds that will sustain programs.
These are just some of the opportunities available in the social sector. While those working on-ground may benefit from a degree in social work, other contributors can work with their own skills such as marketing, communication, HR or even administrative skills. Nor is a prior background in the social sector always necessary.
Here is more information on working for NGOs in India.
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