What Is Your Dream Job?

If you could do anything you wanted right now, given your educational background and experience, what would it be?  These are important things to consider: Job vs. Issue, Workplace Culture, Your Financial Needs

What is Your Career Path?

The Five Lens Framework approach, developed as the Four Lenses Framework by the Office of Career Services at NYU's Robert. F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, aims to help you think more clearly about your career prospects by narrowing down what exactly you mean when you say “I want to work in education,” or “I want to work for the environment.”  The lenses refer to the primary frame you look through when viewing your own career path:

  1. Organization
  2. Role
  3. System
  4. Issue
  5. Population

The full description of the Lenses framework can be found in Chapter Three of the Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers for First-Time Job Seekers and for Sector Switchers.

Top 10 Myths about the Nonprofit Sector… Debunked!

Myth #1: “Only rich kids need apply.”
Myth #2:  “Business rejects apply.”
Myth #3:  “No upward mobility.”
Myth #4:  “Smiles all the time.”
Myth #5:  “Collaboration all around.”
Myth #6:  “Wasting time and money.”
Myth #7:  “I can’t deal with people.”
Myth #8:  “Poor and poorly dressed.”
Myth #9:  “Only for liberals.”
Myth #10: “I love volunteering, so why not?”

The Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers – Free PDFs!

These FREE BOOKS offer useful advice, strategies, and resources for people considering a career in the nonprofit sector. Written by the staff of Idealist.org and other experts, the books are available as free PDFs.

  • The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers
  • Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers
  • Service Corps to Social Impact Career – A Companion to The Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers
  • Making a Difference: A Guide to Personal Profit in a Nonprofit World


Nonprofitspeak 101: an online glossary of key nonprofit and career terms.