The Butterfly Effect of Working in an NGO

There are many ways to do good. Have you ever thought about working at a nonprofit? Check out the ideas below by Gaby Alexander.

There is a reason why we were born. There is a reason why we walk the surface of the Earth. If you are thinking about Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs,’ you are quite right. Human beings were put on the planet to live through the individual stages of Maslow’s pyramid to reach the ultimate stage of self-actualisation. But what do you learn and actualise once you reach the stage?

Is it money, fame, and power that you have been aspiring for all this while? I mean it is great if that is all your heart craves for. We all need money to survive in this challenging world. However, the aspect that I am talking about here is something that goes beyond money. In order to investigate this very aspect, we need to trace our steps back to the beginning of this article. Human beings were put on this Earth for a purpose- the purpose being that of serving other human beings. The idea might seem too mawkish or even frivolous to be taken seriously. But ask yourselves; what is life is not lived for those who thrive on the other side of privilege?

Is There Really An Ideal World?

Of course, you need your money, and you need to maintain the shimmering lifestyle that you have, but maybe the world could use some help too. This is where the topic of NGOs comes into the picture. I am in no way trying to imply that you should leave your job that pays you over six figures and make a career in social services. However, there are always ways to make a contribution. But for the ones really interested in foraying into this humble sector, here are a few tips to get you started. If you are feeling lost today, do not let that deter your spirit. It is a good sign. Being lost is the only way you can find yourself. Therefore, without further ado, let us get started.

Unlearn and Be Inclusive:

Volunteer and Intern:

Work in an NGO as an intern and learn the ropes of it. By the time you finish your degree, you will have a clear idea about which area you would want to take up in an NGO. Therefore, volunteering and interning serve as an excellent foundation for your career. Also, it shall build contacts and great work experience so that when you appear for an interview, you are confident and are able to crack it.

Do Not Only Aim For The Big Fish:


There is a whole different world waiting for you out there if you really want to get into a career of social services. Making money and a career out of social services will not be easy, but if you take injustice and inequality personally and want to do something that can change the world for the better, this might be the right choice for you. No matter how small your contribution is, somewhere someone’s life is being bettered because of you. The Butterfly Effect is not a myth!

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Originally published at on July 21, 2019.

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