My Education: Master's in Social Work
My Prior Experience: I have been holding my current post for more than three years. I joined the organization just after the completion of my program.
My Company: It is a women's organization primarily committed to the cause of women's rights. The project, which was started in the year 2000, has completed 11 years of professional service.
Job/Career Overview: My job is to ensure that there are enough funds for the organization to carry on. I try to secure funds and ensure financial stability for the organization. For this purpose I apply to various funding agencies who are interested in our work so that they can help us by providing money.
For example, recently I applied for funds from the Global Fund for Women by submitting a small proposal, the organization's annual reports, and other supporting documents. They completed their inquiries and released funds once they were satisfied with our organization's work. It is tedious but interesting work as you may not get instant success.
Apart from that I have to get in touch with the donor agencies (who support the the organization by giving money) and provide them with timely reports, solve their queries, and maintain constant communication with them. I also have to ensure that the activities of the organization are being carried out according to the proposal submitted to the donor agency.
More Insights: There is a misconception that working in the area of social work does not pay you. It pays you well if you are good at your work. Good knowledge of math really helps you. Empathetic attitude helps as well.
I rate this career 8 out of 10.
The best part of the work is that you are the lifeline of the organization, because if there are no funds, people cannot work there. The staff cannot be paid. Hence I like the job because I get a lot of respect.
But what I do not like is that it makes you very responsible and accountable. Taking leave is a big problem. You also have to make your donor agencies happy all the time, which can also be a headache.
1. Do not miss any opportunities for attending workshops or seminars. You get to meet lots of people and learn new things.
2. Be in constant connection with the donor agencies and update them regularly. It really helps.
3. If you are not good at PowerPoint presentations or Excel sheets, work on it.