Training and Development for Non-Profits: The Road Less Taken?
by Vince Cyboran, Ed.D.
Once upon a time, there was a New Yorker cover entitled “View of the World from 9th. Avenue.” It depicted a map of the United States with the detail of NYC extending to the Hudson River, and then a vast almost no-man’s-land extending west to the Pacific Ocean. Mental maps–or models–of T&D locales are often analogous: the detailed corporate world on one side extending to a rather murky charitable organization nether land on the other. While it is true that much T&D work understandably occurs in the for-profit, corporate world, a closer look reveals that there is much T&D activity involving paid employees of and volunteers with non-profit organizations. Following are just a few of our graduates who are gainfully employed in non-profit organizations here in the Chicago area:
We have also had students from all over the globe employed by museums and zoos, and, of course, by the government (municipality, county, state, and federal levels). These students add much to our classes, offering a much-needed and expansive perspective of workplace learning and development. When casting your job-search net, consider including non-profits. You may just find the right fit for you.
Are you a graduate of one of our programs currently working for a non-profit? Please share your experiences by posting a comment.