Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday Social- Job

Weekend's go too quickly and I know I'm not the only one who thinks that. I had a surprisingly low key weekend...I met with my Mark Kay consultant on Friday and I went to a friend's birthday party last night. I go every year to the party and it is always a lot of fun. I have another busy week ahead of me, but I have a couple of fun things lined up too. It should be a good week. 

Sunday Social

1. What is your dream job?
I am luck to have my dream job! Since high school, I've wanted to work in non-profit fundraising. Not only am I in non-profit, but I work for an organization (Alzheimer's) which is very near and dear to my family. It was a loooong and sometimes complicated, what-are-you-doing road, but I did it.  
2. If you had just won the lottery and didn't need to work for money, what would you do with your time?
I think I would still work, but on a part time basis. I really do enjoy my job. I would maybe volunteer with other organizations on a fundraising/event basis. I currently have my own scholarship, but if I won the lottery, I think I'd establish my own foundation. And, of course, I'd travel!
3. What piece of career advice would you give to someone just starting out in your field?
You have to REALLY love what you do. You will not make a lot of money, you will be unappreciated, you won't be supported by your boss, co-workers or the board, you will have to work nights and weekends, even though the office isn't open. You'll have to make a lot of sacrifices in your personal life, work under pressure and constantly be proving yourself. But if you REALLY LOVE what you do and are REALLY passionate about the organization, none of the above will matter. 

Also, take a post grad related program (PR, Events, non-profit management) as it will give you hands on practical experience. And always follow your gut...if you think something's a good idea, no matter how out of the box it is, push to make it happen. You have to take risks in this industry.  
4. What would be your ideal "just for fun" job?
I know it's a lot of work...but travel editor...with a focus on spas and 5 star resorts. I think it would be a lot of fun to travel to really cool and interesting places, staying in luxury hotels and get pampered. While writing the reviews and meeting deadlines have the potential to be stressful, I still think this would be a fun job. 
5. What was your first "real" job?
Working at my dad's company. I would fill in when his secretary was on vacation.

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