It’s Time to Put Job Satisfaction Into Perspective

It’s Time to Put Job Satisfaction Into Perspective

If you read last week’s blog post, you know Kelly is one of the lucky ones who loves her job. At 25 years old, still in her first job out of college as the Sports Marketing Assistant at Monmouth University, she ranks happiness in her current job an 8 out of 10.

The reason her score isn't a full 10? She knows she hasn't reached her full potential. After all she is only 25. Not only does Kelly spend long days working Monmouth University, but she is currently a masters student.

Tell Us Your Story: Kelly Valentine

Tell Us Your Story: Kelly Valentine

Here at TNM, we have a large community of people who are inspired by our words, tips, and real world advice. We are continuing to feature some members of our greater community who are equally as inspiring through the Tell Us Your Story: Young Professional Series here on our blog. These people have found their Niche, and want to share their story with you. Our next feature is young professional Kelly Valentine who followed her passion for sports in college, and was able to continue defy the low odds and take that passion from college into her career in athletics marketing. 

A Personal Branding Lesson from the Higher Ed Geek

A Personal Branding Lesson from the Higher Ed Geek

Being geeky has always been a part of me. So much so that I made it my professional “brand” (which I put in air quotes since branding can be a loaded term but it’s the best way to capture a professional identity). I created the moniker “Higher Ed Geek” for myself several years back as a way to capture who I am, what I care about, and a way to distinguish myself in a crowded world.

10 Questions to Ask That Will Make You Stand Out in Your Next Interview

10 Questions to Ask That Will Make You Stand Out in Your Next Interview

In my 10+ years of working with, advising, and interviewing college students, the number one area where students can stand out and sound more professional upon their age and experience is being prepared to answer one of the most common questions. Though often overlooked and rarely prepared for, “Do you have any questions?” will be asked 9 times out of 10.

I have been on both sides of an interview, and throughout my time in the “real world” I have learned and confirmed that having a list of prepared questions will set you apart, especially if you are interviewing for an internship or entry level job.

7 Keys to Internal Happiness While Working in the Nonprofit Sector

7 Keys to Internal Happiness While Working in the Nonprofit Sector

Over the past 10 years, I’ve found that it’s easy to burn out when you’re involved in the work to make a difference, and you no longer see that difference. It’s easy to get distracted by the bottom line rather than focus on the big picture. It’s also just as frustrating to see your former colleagues and friends rise to a higher level in the for-profit world and wonder if it’s your sector that’s holding you back. 

Are you undervalued? Are you underpaid? Did you make all the wrong choices in your career?

These are valid questions. But for me, it comes down to whether I am internally happy and satisfied with the work I am doing. If I am not satisfied with how I am spending 50+ hours of my week (this includes my DC commute), then my whole life is off kilter, and something needs to change. So, how do I change my circumstances? How do I prevent burnout? And how do I know when certain elements are outside of my control, and it’s time for a career move?

Here are seven keys to internal happiness that I’ve learned while working in the nonprofit sector.