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what can I major in if I want to work for a non-profit

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I am interested in working for an organization, something like Rapha Hous which deals with the rehabilitation of young girls that have been trafficked, or Playing for Change which teaches music to children in different parts of the world; mostly dealing with underdeveloped or developing countries. What could I major in to get a job in something similar to this? I would like to do field work, or market and work with ideas surrounding the organization #career-path #college-majors #social-services #helping-others #working-abroad

While deciding what major was right for me I wanted to leave an option to work for a non-profit open. When looking at perspective majors obviously social work would be the most in depth field work for non-profit. However, there are multiple positions within a non-profit. They need a strong marketing campaign to get donations (marketing), they need strong leadership (management), or perhaps a strong law team to help them when court cases. Look into the roles within your desired non-profit, and choose one that would help them and that would make you feel successful. Trey D. Translate
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Daniela’s Answer

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Hi Ana!


In nonprofit management programs, students learn how fundraising, effective leadership and financial management can improve a nonprofit organization. These are the best public affairs schools for the nonprofit management specialty.


Take a look in the following link:


http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-public-affairs-schools/nonprofit-management-rankings


Best of Luck!!

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Leahanne’s Answer

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What you major in depends on what you want to do for the non-profit. Working for a non-profit is where you want to make an impact. But how you make an impact depends on your skills and talents. So, I would suggest you determine what you're wired to do. If it's counseling, then follow that path, if it's finance, follow that, etc. Heck, it might even be engineering, depending on the work of the non-profit. Start by doing a skills assessment - I like 123test.com, because it's straight forward and intuitive. Also, determine if you like working with people, ideas, data or things. That will show up on the 123test, indirectly, but it's helpful to know why. Good luck!

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Carmen’s Answer

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Social workers work with the issue of human trafficking; they provide counseling and do educational outreach to create awareness.. Here in San Antonio our police force is heavily involved too. Lawyers and political advocates are needed too. Unfortunately, many young people (who victims of human trafficking) are charged with prostitution, even though they are too young to consent to sex. We need to fix the law! And we need people who are willing to advocate to change the law and help young people navigate the legal system. Organizations that deal with pregnancy and/or rape help individuals, if you want to work one-on-one. Public administration is another degree option similar to non-profit management. You would learn how to write grants and recruit volunteers for your organization.


https://www.texastribune.org/2012/07/16/safe-house-without-safe-harbor/
http://www.sanantonio.gov/SAPD/Human-Trafficking

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Vanessa’s Answer

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You should probably major in social work, counseling, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology or such on that line.

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