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Make Plans for a Future That Matters

7 Steps to Landing Your Dream Job at a Company That's Making a Difference, Part 1

In the search for your first post-graduate job, the last thing you want to do is settle for just any job. Instead of taking on a role that provides a paycheck but no sense of purpose, you want to enter a career in which you feel your work is meaningful. The good news? You don’t have to choose between your passion for doing good and your drive to thrive professionally. 

The first and most important step is identifying what criteria matter most to you in a company or an organization. Take stock of your passions, abilities and ambitions when you think about how you can contribute to the world. Consider what global challenges you want to help solve – climate change, poverty, gender equality, the achievement gap in education – and don’t just do it in your head. Visualize your plan and jot down your thoughts on a piece of paper or create a note on your phone. Then, see where your goals coincide with sectors and industries that are tackling similar problems or achieving similar results. 

In the private sector, more companies are looking to introduce and integrate social responsibility and philanthropy into their core values and everyday practices. For example, check out Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women global initiative for female entrepreneurs or Biogen’s commitment to environmental sustainability

If you have a financial and business background and are interested in making a difference at a nonprofit consider foundations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or nonprofit organizations such as Teach for America. While nonprofits do not offer the salary, stock and bonus upsides typically available in the for-profit sector, they do offer the opportunity to change lives through your expertise and degree in business, finance or economics. 

Need more help identifying job opportunities that match your passion? Download our free guide. Recent or about-to-graduate undergraduates should also consider the Brandeis IBS Accelerated MA program, which helps to launch your global career in just one year after completing your bachelor’s degree. Priority application deadline March 15th

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