Career Paths in the Social-Good Sector

From a Career Services perspective, we are constantly reading articles around what Millennials want in their career. Of course you want to be able to apply the knowledge learned in college to a meaningful internship or full time job and we are learning that Millennials also want long term growth and development opportunities- but one interesting trend we are consistently hearing about the Millennial generation is that they want to make an impact in their career. This definition of ‘impact’ can mean something different for each individual, but an overarching interest in ‘social-good’ is growing, especially among the Millennial population looking to launch their careers for the first time.

What does it mean to find an internship or full time job in the social-good sector? What organizations are considered to be socially-good? Are they all non-profit organizations?

The social-good sector offers many opportunities to have an impact in your career- but that job search is going to look very different than the traditional on-campus recruiting process you may see with larger firms. So where do you start? One great online tool is called– Idealist is an online community promoting events, organizations, jobs, and internships all within the area of social impact. They offer some additional career resources as well- including this article to learn more about the career path for opportunities in the social-good sector.

Intrigued by the idea of launching a career in the social-good sector? Start by meeting with your Dedicated Career Coach as soon as you return to campus, and be sure you are involved in organizations/student clubs such as the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Center or Bentley’s chapter of Net Impact. And be sure to stay up to date on all events, announcements, job postings, and more by signing up to receive weekly newsletters for your Career Communities via CareerEdge!

By Jennifer Graham
Jennifer Graham Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Development, Pulsifer Career Development Center