Anyone interested in working or already working in the social impact sector knows that there is no one path to build a career in this field. Acumen recently reached out to Aliyah Kurji, 2014 Acumen Global Fellow and now Innovation Manager at Acumen, to get some tips on how to successfully build a social impact career. She took the leap from the private sector into the field of impact design and created a list of 8 ways for others to get into the field as well. Here are our top 3:
1. Don’t be put off by the ambiguity
If you’re looking for a structured path, you’re in the wrong spot, the search differs for everyone and you need to create a path that works for you.
2. Don’t expect the first job to be the ‘perfect job’
When switching careers, in any sector, you are likely not qualified for your ‘dream position’ right off the bat.
3. Talk to people you wouldn’t usually talk to
“It was easy because people often ask what you do so that gave me the opening to say I’m actually interested in the social enterprise sector and looking for something in this area. Do you know anything about this?” Most of the time they knew something or someone they could introduce me to.
Click here to read the full blog post by Aliyah Kurji on Acumen.