You are here:

Resume Help/Transitioning out of Non-Profit work


Iím 26 and Iíve been working in non-profit for the majority of career thus far. I went to school for public relations and did a lot of volunteer work in college which lead me to internships with non-profits. From there I move to NYC have been working in development/fundraising (specifically individual fundraising) ever since. While development has great potential for growth and is truly a career path on itís own, I donít see myself doing this long term.  I wanted to know what other for-profit work could I transition to if all Iíve ever done is development?

Some basic skills Iíve learned in development are:
Small event planning
Strategic planning Ė for individuals fundraising plans mainly
Research Ė on individuals/companies
Budgeting and cash/accrual accounting
Writing Ė reports, letters

I donít have money for school right now and Iíd like to transition out of non-profit before Iím stuck forever. At this point Iím totally lost on where to go. Iím not into to PR anymore, nor do I want to do marketing. Any ideas ?



You were not clear in your inquiry. Are you looking to do DIFFERENT work in the non-profit industry other than development OR are you looking to do development work in other industries (higher ed, etc.)?

There are certainly other industries that can benefit from someone like you with that level of expertise, but there is also other career tracks within the non-profit industry.

Try to get CLEARER on your objective and that will help your job search efforts greatly!

"America's Top Career Confidence Coach"

Resume Help

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Torski Dobson-Arnold


I can answer questions in regards to resume development, career transition, career planning, salary negotiation, the interview process, networking in a job fair/trade show environment, telephone screening and practically answer issue as it relates to career planning. With 10 years of being on the front lines of the applicant and recruitment process as a strategic human resources professional, I have the "insider track" to what sparks the interests of hiring managers to what top ten things you need to avoid when applying for new opportunities.


10 years in private and public strategic, professional human resources roles. 2 years as a professional resume writer, career coach. Own and operate an elite firm specializing in resume writing and other career services, Your Career Confidence, LLC (

NAAAHR (National Association of African-Americans in HR) NRWA (National Resume Writers Association) AORCP (Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals) SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management)

BA, Marketing Management, Mary Baldwin College, VA MS, Human Resources Management, Troy University, AL PHR certification (awarded in 2006)

©2017 All rights reserved.