Expand Your Search: Opportunities in Education, Nonprofit & Government

Despite COVID-19’s impact on the job market, there is still a strong demand for certain careers within the education, nonprofit, and government industry. As a member of this community, you possess valuable transferable skills that will help you land similar roles.

Here is our curated list of alternative career options to consider:

 

For Grads Interested in Teaching: Summer School Tutoring


Summer school teaching opportunities may be hard to come by right now. Instead, there is still a high need for Tutors, where you can build transferable skills to obtain a full-time teaching position  in the future. 

  • Transferable Skills: facilitation, problem solving, conflict resolution, instruction, interpersonal skills

Example: K-12 Academic Tutor and Mentor for City Year

 

For Master’s Grads Interested in Higher Education: Online Instruction


As enrollment at larger in-person universities declines, universities are forced to freeze hiring. Online universities and community colleges, however, are still hiring faculty and staff roles. Gain experience in these settings to prepare you for a future career in a larger university once hiring is safe to resume. 

  • Transferable Skills: leadership, networking, management, remote technology 

Example: Admission Advisor for Orbis Education

 

For Grads Interested in Social Work: Community Outreach Coordinator


Currently, the social work industry is hiring less. As a Community Outreach Coordinator you can still work with the community to improve the status of their health and overall well-being just as you would as a social worker. 

  • Transferable Skills: communication, case management, active listening, critical thinking, empathy

Example: Community and Outreach Coordinator VISTA 

 

For Grads Interested in Event Coordinator Roles: Marketing Associate


With all large events canceled, Non Profits no longer need Event Coordinators. Instead, consider a similar role within the Non Profit sector: the Marketing Associate. With social media and marketing becoming increasingly influential, there is still a high demand for these roles. 

  • Transferable Skills: creativity, organization, budgeting, attention to detail, planning, networking

Example: Marketing Associate for Upwardly Global, Inc

 

For Grads Interested in Fundraising: Program Manager


As most fundraising events and galas are postponed, Non Profits are not hiring Fundraising Chairs or Coordinators. To gain similar experience in fundraising and management, consider Program Manager positions. 

  • Transferable Skills: budgeting, grant writing, communication, outreach, program development   

Example: Children’s Music Education and Arts Camps Programs Manager for Old Town School of Folk Music

  

As the job market continues to evolve, the Career Center is here to help you highlight your transferable skills and explore different opportunities. Get started by making an appointment on Handshake

Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Education, Nonprofit & Government

Law Enforcement & Civil Service


Top Posted Occupations in Illinois:

  • Compliance Officers
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  • Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 
  • Protective Service Workers, All Other 
  • Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 
  • Correctional Officers and Jailers 
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigators
  • Firefighters

Top Companies Posting:

  • State of Illinois 
  • Army National Guard 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency 
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police,Incorporated
  • City of Chicago
  • County of Cook

Current Job Openings:

Museums & Cultural Organizations

Museum & cultural organization jobs up 9.7% from last year (EMSI, 2020)


Top Posted Occupations in Illinois:

  • Managers
  • Librarians
  • Curators 
  • Archivists
  • Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  • Museum Technicians and Conservators 
  • Statistical Assistants 
  • Set and Exhibit Designers 
  • Historians

Current Job Openings:

Human Services, Outreach & Advocacy

Social work job postings up 53.4% from this time last year in Illinois (EMSI, 2020)


Top Companies Posting in Illinois:

  • State of Illinois 
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois 
  • Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. 
  • Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois
  • Dd Homes Network 
  • Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  • One Hope United 
  • Total Spectrum Inc Heartland Alliance 
  • Gateway Foundation, Inc. 
  • Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.

Top Posted Occupations:

  • Social and Human Service Assistants 
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors 
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers 
  • Rehabilitation Counselors 
  • Social Workers, All Other

Current Job Openings:

 

Industry Trends


Education – Schools shut down completely

  • CPS and other schools have shifted to remote teaching and learning. Student teaching will continue in a remote capacity.
  • No changes have been made for fall 2020 recruiting.
  • Global unemployment rate in education – 3.2% (Based on UNESCO’s data on April 7, 2020)

Nonprofits – Loss of funding

  • The cancelation of fundraising galas and partner development conferences further strains the finances, capacity, and resources for the majority of nonprofits. The long-term impact to nonprofits’ bottom-line will affect the capacity of many nonprofits to serve their constituents in the months, and possibly years, to come. (Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)
  • Foundations and donors are supporting frontline nonprofits that are tending those who need medical care as a result of COVID. (National Council of Nonprofits)
  • Global unemployment rate in Nonprofit – 4.6% (BLS)

Government – Federal, State and Local departments are overwhelmed

  • Global unemployment rate – 3.2% (BLS)
  • All levels of government are on a rapid learning curve as they try to manage remote workers and new online skills. This is an opportunity for jobseekers to highlight their skills with technology as an asset to employers. 
  • As a result of economic challenges (relief, aid, etc.), budgets will likely be more strained in 2020 and 2021. Serious reprioritization of technology investments will be required to overcome these challenges.

5 Transferable Skills to Highlight in Your Education, Nonprofit, & Government Job Search During COVID-19

Careers within Education, Nonprofit, and Government are evolving and changing due to COVID-19. Many of you are now being asked to adapt, change your perspective, or even consider pivoting your career goals. While this may seem daunting, as a member of the ENPG community you have a unique set of transferable skills that you’ve acquired through your various experiences–skills that make you marketable applicants for the jobs that are currently hiring. To stand out in your job search, here are five transferable (hard and soft) skills to highlight in your career toolkit documents:


1. Technology

With most activities shifted to virtual platforms, technology is at the forefront during COVID-19. You now use technology every day to communicate (Slack, Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams), complete coursework (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, VoiceThread, Panopto), and manage projects (Asana, Trello). Since most businesses and organizations are operating remotely, highlight your proficiency in different technology platforms in your resume, cover letter, or an interview to show a hiring manager that you are able to effectively work remotely.

2. Leadership

Whether you’ve taken the lead on a group project in one of your classes or had a leadership role in a student organization, being a leader can show an employer your ability to take charge. Highlight your leadership skills to demonstrate your effective communication, organization, and time-management skills so that an employer has the impression that you can be a leader in their organization. 

3. Adaptability 

During this pandemic, we are adapting to change. COVID-19 has impacted school, work, and daily life. Highlight your ability to adapt to different situations to show your flexibility and willingness to modify projects and tasks within the workplace. Implement a statement in your resume to showcase this skill.

4. Facilitation

Have you presented in a class, at work, or at a conference? Emphasize your ability to successfully present in front of a quantifiable number of members. Facilitation can also look like leading a group in an activity, implementing a lesson plan in a class, guiding a meeting, and more. Highlight this skill in your documents and interviews to show an employer that you have strong public speaking and presentation skills. 

5. Management 

Management doesn’t have to mean being a “manager” in a job or an internship. Management skills can come from working on a group project in class, leading a sports team, guiding a group of people through an activity, and more. These management skills speak to one’s ability to work and collaborate with others. Feature this skill in your documents and speak on your management abilities in interviews with employers. 

 

With the added pressure that COVID-19 brings, your current job or internship search can be challenging and intimidating. You may be seeking adjacent careers or considering changing career paths altogether. Have a solid toolkit of transferable skills in your back pocket to help you explore different careers and to be competitive candidates within the Education, Nonprofit, and Government community. 

Looking to discuss transferable skills or your career plans further? Make an appointment on Handshake!       

Is Your Future Career in Social Services?

By: Alejandra Ruiz, DePaul University honors marketing major ‘16

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.39.26 AMInterested in pursuing a career in social services? Eager to learn and connect with professionals in the field? “Working for the Common Good” is a professional development and networking event that provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in discussions around key topics, best practices and issues within the social service community.

You’ll have the opportunity to talk to over 30 notable professionals that will be representing different settings including non-profit organizations, associations, schools, government agencies, research centers, clinics, cultural institutions, and more.

Specifically, this event will provide you with the opportunities to:

  • Participate in roundtable discussions where representatives discuss topics ranging from community outreach, advocacy, program development, research, school counseling, and more
  • Hear representatives talk about their work cultures, the range of entry to seasoned roles, and key competencies needed to work at their organization
  • Network with fellow DePaul alumni and pick their brain about best practices, trends and marketability
  • Learn about participating student organizations and how to be a part of various projects

This is a great opportunity to meet professionals in all areas of social service and to learn more about unique roles, best practices, and ways to be marketable in the field.

To get a sneak peek of the roundtable topics, the list of guests attending, and to register, please visit Handshake!

Get Real With: Family Focus Nonprofit

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

Gettin’ real with Director of Development and Communications Carolyn Nopar of Family Focus. In this employer spotlight post, get an inside look at what it would be like to intern with a small nonprofit organization.


When looking for potential interns, Family Focus Director of Development and Communications Carolyn Nopar has a lot of useful tips for students. Carolyn believes being prepared is a great step in the interview process and suggests:

“As hard as it is, have practice interviews with someone before your actual interview. Ideally this is someone at the career department and someone you don’t know well. Doing so will allow you to have feedback on how well you communicate before an actual job interview.”

Carolyn is really looking for students with stories that illustrate how they have added value toward something. It can be a school project, a past job experience, or a volunteer position. Be prepared to discuss how you identified a problem, the steps you took to solve it and the end result.

Let’s back up. Carolyn’s organization, Family Focus, is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income, Chicago-area families give their children a bright start in their lives. Carolyn oversees the communications and development department of the nonprofit, which has a wide variety of projects and tasks for interns. In a typical day at Family Focus, Carolyn says interns will help with the overall flow of the department and the internship is constantly being adjusted to fit the growing needs of the organization.

Carolyn really focuses on the “ability for anyone to multitask,” saying it “is a crucial skill in today’s job market.” However, Carolyn still wants the intern to be able to put some energy on a single project, and gives the example of an intern who created and implemented their entire “Giving Tuesday” campaign that ran in December 2014. Another project involved a student working on outreach to Family Focus alumni through social media. While both projects are for nonprofits, the skills learned are transferable to the for-profit sector.

The ability for anyone to multitask…is a crucial skill in today’s job market.

Regarding communications, Carolyn emphasizes that things change quickly and an intern needs to be able to respond to changing priorities:

“Because we are a small organization, we have a lot of flexibility and are actively seeking input. If an intern comes to me with an idea for a project they would like to work on, we can usually accommodate it.”

Carolyn sees opportunities to work for small nonprofits or other organizations, like Family Focus, as a great start to building your resume and gaining work experience for the career you’re looking for down the road.

Carolyn encourages students to check out family-focus.org if they are interested in working with the organization.


Inspired and interested in finding a job or internship in the nonprofit sector? Check out Handshake for new career listings!