How to work in the Social Sector?

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How to work in the Social Sector?

Finding and securing a job in today’s world is a tough and troublesome task. Colleges and universities are churning out graduates in large number to the markets, however, these markets have gone stagnant in terms of appointments, both in the public and private sector. Inevitably, the number of unemployed individuals are multiplying at a large rate.

Having said that, the social sector provides a respite for such graduates and job seekers to look for and find new opportunities. The sector is providing job opportunities in new, unfamiliar and untried work-spheres. As a matter of fact, the internet in the past few years has worked markedly in documenting the stories of such businesses and entrepreneurs who have made it big through the social sector.

Taking up a job in the social sector, or sometimes inventing one may seem daunting and demanding. The experienced and veteran professionals may need an idea of the inner workings of the new sector. The newcomers and beginners, on the other hand, would require a comprehensive guidance and mentorship of the process of a job as a whole.

Well, worry not. We’ve compiled a three-step process to help you through the working of the social sector.

STEP 1 – Gather understanding of the sector and jobs

First up, pat yourself on the back from our side for considering working in the sector. Having studied about the sector, the first thing you’ll gather is that you work for a social cause or change, the money is an addition. So cheers to that!

Social sector, unlike the other two, has no limits. New businesses, new companies, a new line of work, and new jobs surface every day in the social sector. Hence, the work offered is unrestricted and unlimited. A good knowledge of the field would help categorise and consider jobs.

A good way to learn more about the sector, like everything else today, is the internet. Another way, a timeless success, is to gather experience by being in the field and around people belonging to the sector.

Step 2 – Find your niche

One-up! Having done the first phase by dissecting and learning about the sector, you’ll have to move on to the difficult bit. It requires your strengths, it also demands you to address and overcome your weaknesses.

While gaining experience, you’ll know where do you fit, and how do you fit. Once that is out of the way, you’ll be able to face new challenges that the work throws on you. You may even come across some hidden superpower of yours while finding your niche

A good way to do that is to step out of the comfort zone. Stepping out promises growth. Growth builds character. Character strengthens the personality.

Step 3 – Seek mentoring

You could see a hint of this step in the previous two. Guidance and mentorship is the core of a process when you step into a new experience. Being around seasoned and veteran instructors instils a new refined perspective, and social sector demands such a perspective. A good mentor would not only point the hindrances, obstacles and dangers in your path but also counsel you through the shortest smartest way of doing everything.

A good way to do that is to connect to an individual, or better an institution, to guide and mentor you through the process.

ACIIE from the Ambedkar University of Delhi is one such place to guide you through each and every aforementioned step. The institution is a product of Ambedkar’s philosophy of bringing about a social change. Several experts and gurus who take charge of the institution counsel and mentor inspiring and existing entrepreneurs to raise sustainable profit-making businesses. The centre would help you gain knowledge about the sector, and the jobs that are offered; they would also assist you in finding your niche and expertise; most importantly, and obviously, they would mentor and enlighten you regarding each and everything throughout.

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