4 Reasons Non-Profit is the Perfect Environment for Working Mums
For centuries, societal pressures have compelled women to stay home and act as the sole caretakers for their families. People didn’t believe you could properly care for your family when you were busy running a business or spending your days in the office. It was hard to shake the stigma of the working mum.
But times have changed, and more organisations in the UK are providing flexible jobs for mums. Nowadays, women have the ability to pursue a career and have a life of their own. The fact that they work doesn’t diminish their ability to maintain a work-life balance. In many ways, working in a sector like non-profit can even drastically improve it.
Women and non-profits
With women working more than ever before, we’re left asking: where are these jobs coming from? Truth be told, a good portion of these jobs are in the non-profit sector. More than almost any other industry in the UK, the non-profit sector is dominated by women. In fact, nearly two-thirds of people working in charities and voluntary organisations in the UK are women.
This statistic raises many questions concerning the huge difference between non-profits and for-profits in hiring women. While there are both pros and cons to working in non-profits, women, and especially mothers, seem more willing to wave the negative aspects in pursuit of all the benefits the sector has to offer. This may be due in large part to the making-a-difference factor. Or maybe it’s because non-profits offer more flexible hours and more part-time or remote positions, which is ideal for anyone with young kids.
If you’re a mum thinking of jumping back into the job market or leaving a stressful job for a more flexible career, take a look at the top four reasons non-profit may be the right sector for you.
1. Your work will really matter
When deciding on their next career move, most people take into consideration the fulfilment factor. They don’t want to commit their time to a job that they’re not passionate about, so they look for something that is meaningful and that they enjoy doing. If you’re going to spend nearly 1/3 of your life doing the same job, you might as well enjoy the work you’re doing.
In non-profit, you’ll feel like you are doing something that matters. The more you care about the cause, the more driven you’ll be to succeed. In general, people working in the non-profit sector are more satisfied with their jobs and their lives. That’s because these organisations deal with issues close to their hearts. And what’s better for fuelling a positive work-life balance than a career that makes you truly happy?
2. The flexibility
One of the most important things mothers consider when they change jobs is flexibility, be that schedule flexibility, the ability to work remotely or to take days off. While not all for-profit companies will guarantee you the days off and flexibility you need, many non-profits are willing to bend normal working hours to accommodate outside responsibilities like family. They understand that flexibility is a key factor in work productivity and satisfaction.
3. More diverse responsibilities
Depending on the size of the charity you work for, your role may allow you to adopt new skills and responsibilities. This means you’ll be constantly learning and developing, which can do wonders for your career trajectory. The more you learn, the more valuable you are as an employee.
Small charities, especially, offer the ability to work outside of your job description because there are fewer people in each respective team. The more intimate the team, the more hands-on you’ll get to be and the more you’ll be involved in making a clear and tangible difference.
4. Work environment and people
Eager to meet new people that share the same passions as you? Most candidates are drawn to the charity sector because it speaks to them on a personal level. That means you’ll be surrounded by people with a similar set of interests and skills that you can connect with on a fundamental level. And the more you get along with your colleagues, the happier you’ll be.
When women become mothers, they feel the need to be something more than just an employee at a business who’s the whole purpose is profit. That’s why they gravitate towards non-profits. And not all people who work in non-profits have always been working in that sector. You have people who make the switch from the private and public sectors as well, so you won’t be the only one who is new to the industry.
How to find the right non-profit role
Getting started in a non-profit is less difficult than you think. The first thing you need to decide is what organisation and field are right for you and can benefit from your transferable skills. Most charities have similar positions to for-profit companies (marketing, IT, business development, finance, sales), so making the switch may be easier than you realise.
If you want to beef up your non-profit experience, volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door – it shows you’re committed to the cause even before you apply to work there. The staff in these organisations are usually people who have volunteered, so you may even meet a few people during your volunteering that can help build your non-profit network.
Working in a non-profit is a greatly rewarding experience for every individual that looks for meaning in their work. If you’re not sure where to start, download our free non-profit CV template and explore our current job listings today.