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Is it better to work in nonprofit or government field?

I am graduating this spring and I know that I want to do a job that helps people. I am graduating with degrees in communications and political science. I feel stuck because I interned in government and networked with many people in the field and the same is true for nonprofits. I genuinely like both. I am not sure which route to pick. Would I be happier working at a non-profit working on a single issue or in government trying to advocate and fight for many issues? There’s things about nonprofits I like such as more direct services and smaller bureaucracy. But with government, there is more job security and potential to make a larger impact. In nonprofits, I’m interested in directing programming. In government, I’m interested in working on legislative issues on an elected official’s team.

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Here's an idea:

    - apply to a whole bunch of jobs that you are interested in.

    - even include jobs in the for profit sector.

    Hope you get hired at at least one and that it pays enough that you will be able to support yourself. 

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  • ?
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    2 months ago

    Non profit is basically government often or the least, deeply politically charged.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    On your definition, "better" is what would make you "happier."  How would anyone possibly know what would make you happier?  If you don't know, no one does.

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