A prof­itable ex­pe­ri­ence

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WORK­ING at a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion can give young pro­fes­sion­als a bet­ter start to their ca­reers than other sec­tors.

PKF Or­gan­i­sa­tion De­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Scott Way says the ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by not-for­profit roles can be a use­ful ca­reer path­way.

‘‘ Of­ten the not-for-prof­its don’t have a huge amount of money so in­stead of hav­ing one per­son do­ing one job, they have one per­son do­ing two or three jobs,’’ he says.

‘‘ If you’re look­ing to fast­track your ca­reer, it can be a re­ally ex­cel­lent way to go be­cause of that breadth of job scope.’’

He says young work­ers of­ten can achieve a much faster in­tro­duc­tion to work than through a tra­di­tional grad­u­ate pro­gram at a com­pany, where they may be given the one job or work­load to com­plete over a six-month pe­riod be­fore ro­tat­ing.

Barkuma events co-or­di­na­tor Ja­clyn Schapel, 30, agrees the sec­tor helps young peo­ple be a ‘‘ jack of all trades’’, as well as giv­ing va­ri­ety and pro­fes­sional devel- op­ment. ‘‘ Given the chal­lenges the dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions face, you need to be in­no­va­tive and creative,’’ she says. ‘‘ The money might be bet­ter in the pri­vate sec­tor but the over­all job is more re­ward­ing and the in­put you have is a lot greater.

‘‘ The work/life bal­ance you get for work­ing for a not-for­profit is in­cred­i­ble.’’

Picture: David Cronin

BAL­ANCE: Barkuma events co-or­di­na­tor Ja­clyn Schapel.

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