Working in a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) does not provide one with an immense amount of money to afford many things (Green, 2014). This is for the reason that NGOs typically have less resources as compared to for-profit organizations. Thus, this has made many others choose an area of expertise where they are able to get more monetary value. Many, however, fail to realize the number of benefits and personal growth one can earn through working for an NGO. Behind the limited budget, NGOs can bring about many successful employees. Some of the benefits are as follows:
Given that NGOs typically participate in numerous networking activities, volunteers and employees alike are able to experience interacting with different types of people and hearing different opinions and perspectives. They are able to hear success stories and learn from mistakes previously committed by others and what has been done as a contingency. Furthermore, the people NGO employees meet can also be their personal contacts in the future. Getting connected to philanthropists, top-level executives and the likes can surely help one’s career development.
Contribution to social impact
Volunteering can range from various methods. This can be helping the less fortunate with their education, participating in relief and rehabilitation activities, helping out in medical missions, tree planting, and many more. through these activities, people will experience taking part in something which will improve society. This, regardless of the monetary amount people receive provides an immense amount of self-fulfillment and personal growth which will be difficult to find elsewhere.
Volunteering while you are employed is not an easy thing to do. This can cause a loss in income and can even bear performance issues due to absences. Thus, many employees working for the private sector are not able to experience volunteer work which is not only personally rewarding but professionally as well. Volunteer work can immensely improve one’s resume which will impress many employers.
NGOs are often invited to participate in conferences both locally and internationally. These conferences are often times very informative where people can really learn a lot. Without being invited, participants will need to pay for conference passes to join. Attendance in such events educate NGOs in various fields and help their knowledge bubbles grow further.
Managing an NGO is no easy feat. Hence, in recent years, many NGO project management and courses on development studies have been established by many academic institutions. Employees of NGOs have had the privilege of taking these courses to further develop their knowledge in the field. Additionally, they are able to earn degrees which can bring them to great heights in the future. In today’s day and age where almost nothing is free, gaining access to education is something employees can not only benefit from greatly, it also helps them balance their time and money.
As employees who are to handle various tasks, NGOs would invest in training seminars to help develop qualified and dedicated employees. These trainings would happen with reputable training agencies who have proven to be effective over many years. After the training sessions provided, they are able to produce competent employees who can do various tasks in different fields. The training employees experience is not limited to just one program as this is usually continual. This is something employees can bring with them wherever they may go in the future. These trainings will not only give them professional development but personal growth as well which is not easily attainable in private companies.
With the limited monetary value employees of NGOs are given, it’s difficult for some to even consider working for an NGO. Despite that, NGOs give many opportunities for personal and professional growth which cannot be found everywhere. From the different courses and trainings to the seminars and volunteer work alongside the contacts people gain, working for an NGO can definitely build one’s career.