As millennials, we are often blamed for being self-centered and self-focused - a claim which I whole-heartedly deny. Just look at the sheer number of volunteer hours and interest in the nonprofit sector of our generation! One thing I blame for this misconception is our interest in living our lives with intention. Growing up, we were told by our baby-boomer parents that we could do and be whatever we wanted to be – the world was our oyster. Now that we’re stepping into the “real world,” we want to get out of it everything we can. We want to live less out of habit and more out of intent, but sometimes that can be difficult.Read more
We’ve all been there. You sign up for an info session at a conference or an event with a presentation that sounds intriguing and potentially groundbreaking. You sit down for the session, pen in hand, ready to take notes. Throughout the entire session you wait for something noteworthy – something so insightful you just have to tweet it, write it down, and take it back to the office to share with your colleagues or impress your boss. You wait, and you wait, and nothing. Turns out the session isn’t what you thought it would be. The information doesn’t apply to your organization or your job, or it covers information you’ve already heard a million times (social media 101, anyone??).
Recently I attended an event that left me feeling this way. So now what? Did I just waste an hour or two of my time?Read more
Disclaimer: Yes, I work at Hamline University; yes, I am earning a Master’s in Nonprofit Management at Hamline; and yes, I interviewed the director of the Hamline MANM program (among others) for this blog post, but this is NOT an ad for Hamline University. Take from it what you will – I hope you gain a few pearls or nuggets of wisdom that make you really think about pursuing an advanced degree in the nonprofit sector.
Pursuing an advanced degree is a big undertaking – one that requires many hours of hard work and many gallons of coffee. The decision to attend graduate school should not be a light one. I will help you weigh the pros and cons – and give you a few things to think about before making your decision.Read more