By Surabhi Nijhawan
The social sector is currently booming with several opportunities with something for everyone. In an increasingly chaotic world, there is no shortage of problems and thankfully, no dearth for those who want to solve these problems and make the world a better place to live. That is one, but there are several other reasons why you should consider a career in the social sector.
1. You get to participate in the problem-solving process of some huge issues.
There are several things we strongly feel about, and our frustration is visible when we tweet or share a Facebook status talking about unemployment, education, domestic violence, crime rate and other issues. But when you start working with an organisation that is working to solve these issues, you get personally involved leaving behind the passive commentary and going out there to see beyond the statistics of newspapers and research papers.
2. You don’t step out of your comfort zone – you give up on it entirely
When you work in the social sector, you are working for a cause, and over the course, you meet people from all walks of life – each struggling with their problems. The fieldwork, getting to know the depth of the issues that persist in our society and the urge to solve them brings a change that has no room for comfort zones.
3. You contribute to the world you want to see
Working in the social sector gives you the opportunity to make a difference. The options are plenty. You can pursue a cause of your choice – environment and climate change, education, violence against women or sanitation and hygiene.
And there is nothing more satisfying than that. You believe in creating a better world, and you’re working towards it. It is an unparalleled feeling.
4. You improve your soft skills
Working in the social sector impacts your personal growth. Not only do you acquire leadership skills, but learn about empathy and gratitude. A friend, who was previously a Teach for India fellow, revealed that teaching young children made him more patient, improved his listening skills and leadership skills. When you work with people and understand their problems, you automatically learn a better way of working with people.
5. You collaborate with several stakeholders
Currently, social sector is seeing a rise of NGOs and social enterprises, alongside several corporates investing in social innovation. Thus, it is a collaborative space where you work with the ordinary citizens, the government, political leaders and corporations at the same time.
6. The social sector has several work opportunities
The non-profits also require program managers, fundraisers, marketing and communication staff, human resource and more. It is not that you’ll only be in the field conducting research or there will not be career growth. There are a lot of jobs in the development space that you can consider taking up.
7. Not all social sector opportunities are voluntary
If you assume that NGOs don’t pay well and most of the work is voluntary, you are wrong. Not everyone employed with an NGO works as a volunteer. Many non-profits operate professionally and have most of their workforce on the payroll.
8. You don’t necessarily need a degree in social work.
One of the best things about this sector is that you don’t necessarily need to have a degree in social work. Eligibility criteria is the passion for social causes and an urge to bring a change in society. A vast majority of people consider social sector when they are looking for a career change.