Career with NGO

How about Career with NGO ? Now a days with mandatory 2% funds give away by the MNCs as CSR activities, NGOs have attracted many talented people in this development sector.  The term NGO stands for Non-Governmental Organizations. NGO is defined as a non-profit making, voluntary, service-oriented organization, working for the benefit of the society in general and a target group in particular.

 Nonprofits are organizations that work to improve the common good of society in some way, typically through charitable, educational, scientific or religious means. Their defining characteristic is that they don’t distribute a profit to private individuals instead, they use all available revenue to serve the public interest in some way.

NGO performs a variety of roles in our society and there is hardly any sections which is left untouched by NGOs, be it natural resources, finance, human settlements, social development, culture, education, or even energy. NGOs have played an effective role in changing the landscape of the world today. They have become the keepers of the modern democracy. Earlier people had a vague idea about what working in an NGO require but now a drastic change has been witnessed in the public’s perception of NGO and NGO workers.

Contrary to the popular beliefs, now a days Career with NGO and job opportunities have become more specialized and business oriented. Owing to the nature of their work and their target group they aim for recruiting specialists for their jobs

They hire people to do Web design, accounting, research, management, communications, administrative work, IT, lobbying, all the same jobs that one is used to seeing. But on top of that, they also have additional roles like fundraisers, grant writers, volunteer coordinators and community organizers.

Salaries in the sector vary widely, but smart nonprofits do strive to pay competitive salaries and benefits so that they can hire talented staff members.

The average pay for a Social Worker is Rs 252,692 per year. People in this job generally don’t have more than 20 years’ experience. A skill in Counseling is associated with high pay for this job.

A post-graduation degree in Social Work is desired for but even otherwise a degree in post-graduation in the subject close to the target area of the NGO assures a beginning. An NGO like WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is most likely to prefer students who post graduate in environmental sciences.

When nonprofits can’t afford high salaries, they often try to make up for it by offering excellent benefits, such as flexible hours and generous vacation time. But this too varies by organization and there are certainly plenty of nonprofits where long hours are the necessity.

Today Career with NGO is looking very satisfying as NGOs have a highly corporatized structure where there are different levels of hierarchy. Usually the person starts as a Research Fellow depending upon his/her professional qualifications. Climbing up the hierarchy he/she can become group leader and later team leader.

On an average a social worker engaged with an NGO draws about Rs 5000 at the starting of his/her career. However, in most of the cases, one’s salary depends on the size of the organization. In a smaller organization one may have to start at a salary of Rs 3000 to Rs 6000 per month. Career with NGO offers not only pay at par with MNCs but job satisfaction which is most rewarding for any professional.

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