Are you bothering colleagues at the coffee machine with questions such as: what is the point of this job? And do you regularly think that you want to do ‘something useful’ for society? Then it may be time to apply to a non-profit organization. The director of the Make-A-Wish foundation, explains what candidates should prepare for.
It is a thought that usually comes to mind when you have just returned from vacation. You work through the unanswered e-mails and you think: what am I doing it all for? You are not alone in this.
For many people with a good office job, it starts to gnaw at a certain point – strikingly often around the age of 35. They have made quite a career, get their bonus at the end of the year, but want more in life than sales figures and the launch of a new product. They would like to give something back to society.
She also had a successful business career before she decided to change course. With Make-A-Wish, she works together with all employees and 400 volunteers on a daily basis to realize the wishes of children with a serious, sometimes life-threatening, illness.
I have always enjoyed working in a commercial environment, but at some point I lacked the sense of purpose. I wanted to contribute to a slightly better world. “
Suppose you also want to make the switch, what should you keep in mind?
1. Not every charity is suitable for everyone
2. The money is mainly for charity (and only a little bit for you)
Bonuses, a company IPhone, a hefty salary: you have to surrender everything you take for granted in the business world as soon as you start working for a non-profit organization. “The salary is indeed a bump for some people. We don’t get any financial incentives or other extras, “says Hanneke Verburg. “That is why it is extra important that someone consciously chooses an organization. The goal should be so dear to you personally that you also want to work hard for it without a bonus. Incidentally, it appears that more and more people are the case: we receive an incredible number of responses to vacancies. ”
3. Competitive urge is good, but don’t lose sight of the team
Our employees are also charged on targets. We are only happy if someone uses his or her sales qualities to help our organization. For example, we recently hired someone with a commercial background to work for us as a relationship manager. She is used to generating as much revenue as possible for the organization; she was judged on that in her previous role. With the same institution, she now receives registrations for us. The difference with many commercial organizations is that it is not about mutual competition. She also helps her colleague, who may have received fewer applications. Ultimately, as a team, we want to bring in as much as possible for charit