By Rachel Folz, @FriendorFolz
Millennials are known for seeking fulfillment in their work and at home. But is your work fulfilling?
According to a January Gallup poll, less than one-third (31.5%) of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014. Holy smokes! That means 68.5% of workers are getting up and going to a job they aren’t enthusiastic about and committed to. That my friends, is a bummer.
What could be more meaningful than serving your community by lending your time and talent to non-profit work? Non-profit and government work is not known for its glamour or excellent pay but there are some pretty major benefits.
1. Opportunities for self-growth
When you work in a place that is small, you learn to do a lot. You are constantly stretching yourself to meet goals you believe in. You will be amazed at what you can do and how those skills will enrich your resume and LinkedIn profile.
2. Student Loan Forgiveness
For the Class of 2014, the average student loan debt was $28,950. Yowser! The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. You could be student loan free at 10 years!
3. Feeling great
There is no greater benefit to non-profit work than feeling passionate and wonderful about the work you do. You will rep your job with pride knowing that instead of being a Slacktivist, you are doing something real to make the world a better place.
So, if you are unhappy and feel unfulfilled why not dip your toes into a nonprofit that you are passionate about. Who knows; maybe you will achieve the balance you are searching for.