I’m sure we’ve got at least a few readers out there who are in the corporate world and thinking of dabbling in the realm of churches. If you’re thinking of leaving a job with a profit-making company to one with a nonprofit, there are some issues you need to concern yourself with.
The New York Times writes in a question and answer article “Your True Calling Could Suit a Nonprofit”:
Q. What are the biggest misconceptions about switching from the corporate world to the nonprofit world?
A. Many people are surprised to find the hours longer and stress greater than in the corporate world. Brian Olson, who left the private sector for a nonprofit in 2006, found the decision-making process to be unfocused.
“No matter how good a volunteer board is, it’s not the same as a corporate board, because everyone has a different agenda,” said Mr. Olson, who returned to the private sector a year later to be vice president for public affairs at Video Professor Inc., a company in Lakewood, Colo., that sells self-tutorial programs. “There was a purity to corporate life I missed,” he said.
They also add that:
“Many people think that work for a nonprofit will be less stressful, compared with the for-profit world,” said Jean Erickson Walker, a managing partner at OI Partners, a career coaching firm in Portland, Ore.
“That’s nonsense,” she said. “In most nonprofits you’ll be expected to work longer hours–including evenings and weekends–for less money.”
Check out the whole article for some more great observations and tidbits, including expecting a 5% pay cut, not starting by sending in a résumé and finding a nonprofit that’s right for you.