My Education: BA, Math MAT, Fine Arts MA, Special Education, Simmons College Ph.D., Brandeis University
My Prior Experience: Educational Administration
My Company: health field, nonprofit, advocacy, information, referral, prevention,
Job/Career Overview: My primary assignment is to help people who call our office looking for information and resources for people with brain injuries. We also run support groups for survivors of brain injury, their families, and professionals. People with brain injuries are often isolated and lose their friends, so support groups help them to find new friends and have a social life.
We also run programs to prevent brain injuries. Some of those programs include wearing the proper helmet and applying it properly and instructions on how to be a wise pedestrian in order to prevent accidents. We also promote the use of seat belts to prevent serious injuries in car crashes. Most people killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts. One firefighter stated that he never removed a body that was wearing a seat belt from a car wreck.
Our Public Policy Director works directly with senators and representatives to pass legislation to improve the lives of people who have already had a brain injury and to pass legislation that will prevent brain injuries such as the seat belt law. We also do quite a few fund-raising activities to raise money to fund our programs.
More Insights: To work in a non-profit you must gain job satisfaction through helping others and not from a huge pay check.
I rate this career 9 out of 10.
Best part of my job is seeing the looks on people's faces or hearing them sigh in relief over the telephone when they find the help they need.
The worst part is not having enough resources to offer to people who really need them.
1. Know your subject matter. Do the research before you start. It is difficult to learn as you go.
2. Understand that you will not make huge amounts of money when working for a non-profit.
3. Listen to the callers very carefully and fish for further information. Sometimes what they need is not what they are asking for.