non profit sector

anonymous asked:

Sam, did you hear Trump wants to do away with PSLF? (recent wapo article entitled: Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice")

I had heard, yes. I can’t really say I’m surprised; I always somewhat expected that when the time came to pay out, the government would welsh on the deal. I don’t think the federal government had any clue as to the amount of debt people of my generation would owe, or the number of Millennials working or willing to work in the non-profit sector. And PSLF from the start was pretty seat-of-pants; they didn’t even have a formal application-for-PSLF form until I was four or five years into the program.   

Fortunately, a LOT of the beneficiaries of PSLF are lawyers, who are already fighting it in other aspects (the program is now trying to say that only 501C3 orgs count, not other 501C orgs, and also that they can withdraw prior approval at any time). And most of the people getting near to their payday have been working in nonprofits for years, so they know how to raise money and make noise. It’ll be an interesting fight, however it turns out. 

Money, Money! Money! Always funny! In a rich man’s world!

My friend is some sort of expert computer architect. Basically, he’s a fancy computer programmer. He is deciding between three different job offers. Company A offered him a salary of $149K. He told them that company B and C were offering him $210. Company A instantly threw a matching offer his way.

Meanwhile, I once had a super fancy job in Washington, DC. It’s the kind of job in the non profit sector that is super competitive and it’s a miracle just to be selected as a candidate. My top salary was $44K. I thought I was rich.

Jesus. I should have gone into tech.

Originally posted by serverslashslave

University: More like Universal Struggle

Hello, and welcome to Part 1 of How to Zookeep: An FAQ Compilation. I would say that about half the questions this blog receives are about how to become a zookeeper, so I decided to put together some advice in an FAQ instead of trying to answer dozens of questions individually.

So, the time has come and you are looking at colleges and universities. Your goal is to become a zookeeper. So what school should you go to? What should you major in? How do you get through the process of applying and choosing without losing your mind?

Originally posted by chuckforblair

Here comes my biggest piece of advice when choosing a university as a future zookeeper: 

1. Avoid student debt as much as possible!

Y’all, zookeepers do not make bank. We are part of the non-profit sector and that is just how it goes. No matter how alluring that $40,000/year private school is, it’s gonna suck when you make less than 30 grand a year and have 80-100 grand in debt to pay off. There is no shame in going to a regular state school! Apply for every scholarship known to man and try to keep your debt to a minimum. Keep price points in mind when choosing your school!

Originally posted by brooklyn-babydoll

2. Can I major in “Related Field”?

When looking at majors, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A quick peek at the AZA Jobs list will give you an idea of the majors that are often looked for. The phrase seen most often is “biology, zoology, or related field.” Some of the most common majors included in “related field” include: Marine Biology, Life Science, Animal Behavior, Environmental Science, and Psychology (usually preferred more for positions involving primates and sometimes elephants, but not as common in other positions). Some of the “out of the box majors” include zoo or animal training specific ones found at specialty colleges (I’m getting there) or design-your-own major programs featured at schools around the country. (I myself have a self-designed interdisciplinary major.) If you’re still deciding on career options related to being a zookeeper or in the zoo field, it may be best to go for a general major like Biology. Just look for something you’re genuinely interested in that has a good program at your chosen school. 

Originally posted by gameraboy

3.  What about “Zookeeper College” or specialty programs? 

There are a few standout ‘zoo colleges’ and specialty programs across the country. Two of these are two year programs that offer Associate’s Degrees: Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and Moorpark College. There are also four year programs that offers Bachelor’s Degree: Captive Wildlife Care and Education degree program at Unity College and the Zoo Science at Delaware Valley College. These may or may not be right for you, depending on a few factors. The major disadvantage can be cost - some of these programs don’t offer or aren’t covered by many scholarships, so they can be a higher upfront cost.

These programs are definitely for more dedicated students who are set on becoming zookeepers. If you have any doubts or want other options, they may not be for you. Santa Fe College and Moorpark College are both very competitive and require some pre-requisite courses that can be taken in-house or at another community college. Special Note: Remember that these are 2 year Associate’s Degrees and most places require a 4 year degree. These schools are more of a supplement or “starter” because you will still need a bachelor’s degree! 

Unity and Delaware Valley’s programs are more of a traditional 4-year degree, so they don’t have any pre-requisites. Moorpark College is more focused on training, animal shows, and the more public aspects of zookeeping. Santa Fe College is more technical and focuses on the behind-the-scenes aspects of zookeeping. Both colleges offer real-world experience as a keeper. But remember that you’ll be balancing keeper duties with a full class load, which can be pretty intense.

Originally posted by slothilda

Unity College is a private, environmentally-focused college. It has a degree popular with many zookeepers - Captive Wildlife Care and Education. This program includes hands-on animal care as well as academics focused on overall aspects of both zookeeping and zoos as an institution. The final “capstone” project consists of creating your own zoo. Delaware Valley College is another environmentally-focused college that offers real-world experience and a science-focused view of zoos and zoo animals.

(Coincidentally, the four-year programs are both located in the Frigid North [Maine and Pennsylvania] and the two-year programs are in sunny Florida and southern California… So perhaps weather tolerance will weigh on your decision)

The question that’s been asked about all of these programs and degrees is: are they really an advantage? The short answer is: yes. All of these specialty programs give excellent real-world experience and can help kick start your career. These programs are basically giving the experience of one to two internships on top of regular schooling. These programs are recognized and respected in the zoo field, and can definitely stand out on a resume. If you are very serious about becoming a zookeeper and willing to go the extra mile in your education, all of these can be an excellent choice. (If you already have a degree in something else and you’re wondering about going back to school… that will be covered in another FAQ) 

4. Study Hard, Intern Harder

No matter what college or major you pick, your time in school is an excellent opportunity for internships. A lot of internships prefer or even exclusively hire college students. College is also one of the best times to do an unpaid internship - you can often get class credit or apply for community/university programs that help give out stipends for them.

Originally posted by gurl

If you end up needing to go to a small state or community college, look for ones that are close to zoos so that you can do internships - having that experience will sometimes be more of an advantage than a degree from a ‘big name’ school. Some zoos might even be able work with you to create a volunteer project if their internships don’t fit with your schedule. You could also try to do job shadows. Overall it can be a lot easier to get help with your career goals while you’re still in school.

Internships in college are especially important if you’re not in a specialty school - they help close the experience gap and give you that hands-on experience you need on your resume to get seasonal and full-time keeper positions. If you ARE at a specialty school or in a specialty program, internships may not be necessary while you’re in school.

One day you’ll have your diploma and this will all just be the “education” section of your resume. Hang in there, future zookeepers!

Originally posted by kanyewesthegod

post 10 facts about yourself and pass it on to 10 favourites. Tagged by @londontoseoul. Thanks for tagging me! :)

  1. I’m currently a senior in college. I register for my last semester of classes in a few weeks and I’m both terrified and so excited because I don’t have to plan? I literally have the classes I need, I just have to pick a time.
  2. I work at a restaurant. Generally, it’s not that bad. My regulars are great, the nice people that come in are great; but when it’s bad, it’s really bad.
  3. I’m working on my grad school applications. I have my dream school and I’ve done all I can to get in. I just have to hope for the best.
  4. I want to work in the non-profit sector. I’ve been working with my university’s service office and I’ve gotten to experience a ton of great service projects and see first hand just how much need there is for different skill sets in non-profit work so I really want to use my knowledge and skills for good.
  5. I want to live in the north east. New York or DC are my top two choices at the moment but Maine seems pretty nice, too. Boston is also up there. I just want to live on the east coast.
  6. I technically have three jobs. I work at a restaurant and I have two different roles in my university’s service office that are paid positions. So, that’s fun.
  7. I have a multifandom fanfiction sideblog. I write for Criminal Minds, a couple Marvel characters, a few Star Trek AOS characters, and a few Supernatural character. You can check it out here if you want!
  8. I’m a huge sci-fi fan (especially 1960s sci-fi). Stark Trek (the original series with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner) and The Twilight Zone are two of my favorite television shows to date and, honestly, they’re my gold standard of television. They were groundbreaking and I love them. I also love modern sci-fi like The X Files.
  9. I love Halloween. I dress up every year. This year, I’ll probably be working. But my boss said it was okay for me to dress up so I’m going to wear my costume to work. I’m going to be Louise from Bob’s Burgers, in case anyone was wondering. I was Daisy from The Great Gatsby freshman year, Scarlet Witch sophomore year, and a zombie last year.
  10. I love apples. I love apple anything. Like, apples are my favorite fruit. They’re so good. I went to Busboys and Poets with my coworkers when we were in DC and they got beer and I got apple juice. It was nice. It was actually pretty damn good apple juice. I loved it.

I have no idea who to tag so I’m just going to leave it open. If you want to do this, please go for it! :)

anonymous asked:

Hi, Sam. Do you have any tips or resources on how to go about looking for jobs at a non-profit? I'm graduating from graduate school next year and, though I don't know if my degree can even be applied in the non-profit sector, I feel like (given the election) I should at try.

I do in fact have some links to help you out and I will get to those in a minute, but first!

1. Working in the NFP sector can be hugely satisfying and is a great way to combine doing good with earning a wage! I applaud your decision to investigate it further.

2. HOWEVER…because most charities are chronically underfunded and understaffed, burnout in many areas of the charitable sector is super duper common, especially if you want to go into political advocacy or orgs that help underserved populations. People join full of passion and energy and wear it all out in the first year, and quit when they don’t feel they’ve made enough change in the world. So be sure going in that you are capable of setting limits for yourself and with your employer, and that you understand things like “holiday bonuses” and “merit-based raises” tend to happen to people who work in the for-profit world. 

3. Where you work in the charitable sector (administration, research, fundraising, stewardship, writing, design, events planning, etc) will depend on what your interests are and what your degree is in. You may wish to contact people in various areas of interest and ask for informational interviews – tell them you’re trying to figure out where you fit into the not for profit world and you’d like them to talk about their job a bit. You can do this while you’re still in school because this is data gathering, not job application. LinkedIn is a great way to find people who work at the orgs you’re interested in, and has a built-in messaging system you can use to contact them. (Don’t pester! Be polite! :D) And when you go in, definitely have specific questions ready like “How can I use my skills in X” or “How often do you employ Y skill in your work” & etc.

For what it’s worth, almost any degree can be put to use somewhere in a non-profit. In my department alone we have degrees in theatre, anthropology, library science, history, and forensic archaeology; we used to have psychology and prelaw as well. NFPs need artists, writers, data analysts, computer scientists, lawyers, administrators, logisticians – and if your degree required you to analyze information or write things down in an orderly fashion you can probably sell yourself to an NFP in some respect. We take everyone. 

So, links time! The not-for-profit world encompasses many kinds of orgs, including independent schools, libraries, universities, museums, religious organizations, political advocacy groups, and providers of services, among others I’m sure I’m forgetting to mention. You may not be interested in some of these; I focus on culture and education because that’s where my experience is. 

For general non-profit jobs across all these fields, the following are good clearinghouse sites where most places will post listings: 

You can also find local museums, schools, and universities in the area where you want to live; most have their own jobsite, but if you want to search in general:

University jobs almost always pop up at higheredjobs.
Most museums worth working for will post their jobs to AAM-US.

There is no single national clearinghouse for theatre jobs (theatres pay dreadfully anyway) but you can always look up theatres in your area, most will have a jobs listing on their site. 

If there are specific orgs you want to work for, most will have job sites, even if they’re also posting to say, NPO or Here are a few I checked regularly when I was actively looking: 

American Cancer Society 
Planned Parenthood 

And of course you can always try googling for orgs in your area and check their sites. In fact I’d encourage that because you can also learn about volunteering and, if you have the spoons for it, volunteering with an org is a great way to learn about how a not-for-profit works and where you might work for one. (Sometimes it helps with networking too.) 

Good luck in your studies and I hope to see you join up with us when you graduate – or if you decide NFP work isn’t for you, remember we also take cash. :D 

Beam me up Scotty! Quantum teleportation of a particle of light six kilometers

What if you could behave like the crew on the Starship Enterprise and teleport yourself home or anywhere else in the world? As a human, you’re probably not going to realize this any time soon; if you’re a photon, you might want to keep reading.

Through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, The City of Calgary and researchers in the United States, a group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary have successfully demonstrated teleportation of a photon (an elementary particle of light) over a straight-line distance of six kilometres using The City of Calgary’s fibre optic cable infrastructure. The project began with an Urban Alliance seed grant in 2014.

This accomplishment, which set a new record for distance of transferring a quantum state by teleportation, has landed the researchers a spot in the journal Nature Photonics. The finding was published back-to-back with a similar demonstration by a group of Chinese researchers.

“Such a network will enable secure communication without having to worry about eavesdropping, and allow distant quantum computers to connect,” says Tittel.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Hi! I follow many feminist blogs who say that stripping and prostitution aren't pro-feminist jobs, because even if you feel empowered, you're still doing it to appease men. As a feminist I recognize that it is not my place to tell other women what to do with their bodies, but I also feel conflicted because I know that the sex industry is incredibly misogynistic.

I think this endless debate about whether supporting yourself in a particular way “is feminist” is a really indicative illustration about the way in which modern feminism has gone deeply off the rails.  Feminism is not a theme with which you adorn your personality, nor do you at any point accrue enough feminism points with your personal, individual choices to be heuristically A (Good) Feminist™.  It’s ironic that criticisms like these often come from radical feminists criticizing liberal feminist (of which, to be clear, I am most emphatically not one), because it’s completely rooted in the notion that one’s individual choices can opt a person out of the patriarchy (which radical feminists seem to understand just fine when they’re whining about weaponized feminity but not when assessing their own NGO/non-profit sector jobs).  Different individuals will feel different ways about their jobs, and more to the point, a worker will probably feel differently from day to day (or client to client) — but a feeling of empowerment is just that, a personal emotional experience that has very little to do with…well, anything else.  Justifying sex work as being “empowering” for women is a red herring that SWERFs love because it’s so ridiculous and easily debunk able — but it is not the axis on which sex workers and those who stand with us and advocate for our right to work safely base our arguments.  Sex worker rights are not a matter of personal empowerment — they’re a matter of basic safety.

Trading sex is neither an inherently feminist nor anti-feminist act. It’s meaningless (just as sex that is not transactional is).  And while their are absolutely misogynist capitalist profiting from the labor of women sex workers in the sex industry, the idea that the workers themselves are somehow responsible for the violence of the patriarchy around them is victim-blaming bullshit.  

But do you know what is most definitely a misogynist act of woman-hatred?  Putting a huge amount of money, effort and time into making working conditions for sex workers more dangerous and more stigmatized (especially for the least-privileged workers), all in the service of attending to the precious feelings of men.  Which is what all of this end demand shit is.