A profitable experience
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.’’
BALANCE: Barkuma events co-ordinator Jaclyn Schapel.