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10 Ways to Kick-start Your Social Impact Career
How to transition to a social impact career to have more meaning and purpose in your job.
July 08, 2021
In a world with no shortage of social issues to solve, millennials are craving more than a lucrative paycheck and a top-notch title. In less than two years, millennials will become the largest employee demographic and a recent survey indicates that 50% of them would take a pay cut to find work that aligns with their values. But making the transition from corporate life to make a positive difference is not as simple as it first sounds.
1. Have a Conversation with Yourself
2. Demystify Your Passion
At On Purpose Aliyah drives a Leadership Development and Training Programme in the UK focused on building a community of purpose and professionalising the talent in the SocEnt sector. Prior to this Aliyah was an Innovation Manager at Acumen focused on developing new initiatives to engage and connect various members of the Acumen ecosystem. She first came to Acumen through the Global Fellowship programme where she was based in Nairobi, Kenya with d.light design, a company that makes low-cost solar lights that provides cleaner, safer, and cheaper lighting to off-grid consumers. Aliyah has a background in management consulting and focused on Leadership Development, Training, Change Management and Culture Change at Accenture UK. Aliyah is an operational member of Serve On charity, an International Disaster Response team. She holds a BA from University of Warwick and an MBA from University of Oxford.
3. Lean in Without Losing Sight of Your Goals
This being said, don’t lose sight of the ecosystem. Navigating the social impact sector can seem daunting, with NGOs, non-profits, and private organizations looking for individuals with specialized knowledge in education, health, social entrepreneurship, gender equality, migration, and more. Many professionals working within this field have a highly specific focus, so while it’s alright to accept a stepping stone position, it’s important to identify and orient yourself towards a specific area.
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4. Get Inside the Mindset of a Social Entrepreneur
5. The First Job May Not Be the 'Perfect Job'
6. Don't Compare Yourself to Your Peers
7. Understand a New Era of Leadership
8. Harness the power of Twitter
9. Every Conversation is an Opportunity
10. Give Yourself a Break
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Got a specific social issue or challenge that you want to focus on tackling? Check out Start Your Social Change Journey, a FREE 1-hour course on-demand. Take steps now to sustain your social impact efforts and stay on track.
Emily is a Content Creator at Acumen Academy, where she works alongside social entrepreneurs tackling the toughest issues of inequality, to bring their stories to the forefront and share their solutions with other individuals aspiring to affect social change. You can find Emily building content with her colleagues, bouldering with friends, or buried in a book in one of London’s oldest bookstores.