Global Impact & Public Service Career Cluster
Working for the Greater Good in Non-Profits or Government
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Do you want to make a difference by serving others? Do you love learning about complex world issues? Are you driven to solve societal challenges? Would you like to work in government? Do you enjoy volunteering? Do you pay attention to current events? Are you active in student groups or clubs? Are you good at organizing events/activities? Can you communicate clearly and thoughtfully? Do you speak multiple languages? Would you want to live in a foreign country? Are you sympathetic to people facing hard times? Do you remain calm and rational in stressful situations?
Careers in GLOBAL IMPACT & PUBLIC SERVICE contribute to helping people or advancing causes, whether as an activist, advocate, analyst, administrator, or another pivotal profession.
Non-profit organizations are mission-driven and serve particular populations (like children or the elderly) and/or policy areas (like education or poverty.) Well-known examples include Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Humane Society, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics. Beyond policy, fundraising, service, and activism, non-profits also need everything from marketing and PR to IT and finance.
The federal government spans the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, plus 170 agencies and departments, like the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, and National Science Foundation. Its countless careers affect legislation, climate, transportation, and much more. State and local governments offer many parallel positions, serving their respective regions and residents.
International affairs includes roles in diplomacy, economic development, policy, trade, security, and human rights. They exist in global nonprofits, government agencies like the Foreign Service and Peace Corps, and multilateral organizations like the United Nations.
Want to go governmental? Work worldwide? Plan a purposeful path? See relevant resources below to dig deeper and learn more.
Possible Careers Include
Common job titles include
- Business Analyst
- Community Organizer
- Contract Administrator
- Customer Service Rep
- Development Associate
- Donor Relations Specialist
- Field Organizer
- Financial Analyst
- Fundraising Associate
- Grant Writer
- Human Resources Specialist
- Office Manager
- Program Coordinator
- Social Services Assistant
- Training Specialist
In-demand specialized skills include:
- Customer Service
- Staff Management
- Project Management
- Public Administration
- Sales / Business Development
- Administrative Support
- Performance Appraisals
- Business Administration
Source: Burning Glass
Tips & Insights for Careers in Global Impact & Public Service
Global Impact & Public Service and the Fourth Industrial RevolutionFive skills government workers need in the Fourth Industrial Revolution The Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Public Service Delivery
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