First jobs. We all had one, and they probably had nothing to do with what we do today, right?
One of my favorite professors in college used to always remind us:
“Everything relates to everything.”
My first job was being a janitor at my church. At surface level, it might seem like that has nothing to do with running fundraising resources and education for a software company, but it relates more than you realize. It taught me the importance of process and routine. I did the same task every night I worked. Once I had my routine down, I was able to do a quality job quickly.
So I wanted to learn about the first jobs of nonprofit leaders and see what they learned from that job that helps them today. Some told me about their first jobs right out of college, others their very VERY first job.
Here’s what three nonprofit executives and directors had to say: