Of Nuclear Weapons and Nonprofit Careers: Keys That Release Your (Career) Energy
How do you see this in the workplace? Anyone run into the hostile college department secretary who barely acknowledges the students? Have you seen the social worker who really does believe that “this would be a great job if it weren’t for the clients?” It might be that after starting out with great enthusiasm it’s now time for another mission. It could be that for them, the job was a paycheck right from the start, and the mission never really mattered. It shows, and everyone suffers for it. The clients, their fellow staff, and most important, they themselves.
The good news is that getting the key to your mission could be simpler than getting the key to your skills. What mission means something to you? What impacted your life? Was it living on a farm or visiting Yosemite? Was it your mother’s cancer or your grandfather’s retirement community? Did your college education change your life, or did you make it without college and you want to see others get a chance? Whatever it is, it may take some introspection, or it may just hit you.
Turn these keys on at the same time — the skills you were born with and developed, and the mission that you’re passionate about — and you can release more career energy that you ever knew was there.
Matthew A. Hugg developed The Campaign for You career-management system to use his 20 years in charitable organizations to help nonprofit leaders — and those who aspire to be nonprofit leaders — find the jobs they want at the organizations they love. He can be contacted at mhugg@TheCampaignForYou.com or 610-831-5544.