Episode 055: Building Social Impact Into Your Career

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Episode 055: Building Social Impact Into Your Career

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“Making an impact” has always been a big motivator in peoples’ careers, but especially since a certain November 6, it seems more and more folks are looking for ways to make the world a better place through the work they do. But no matter how bright-eyed and idealistic-tailed you are, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start, especially if you aren’t currently working in the social impact space.


Jen Curry is here to help you out. She has worked for years in the social impact space—now running a consulting business that helps provide nonprofits with additional resources and strategy they need to succeed—and she truly believes that you can do really good things for the world wherever you are. Yes, even if you’re working for a mega for-profit corporation.

You can listen to the show here.

In this episode, Jen shares some strategies for getting into the social impact space, and taking care of yourself once you’re there. We’ll dig into:

  • Ways to make an impact at your current job
  • Starting points if you want to move into a social impact career
  • How to have an impact on the side of your job
  • Ways to take care of yourself when your work is intense
  • “Gateway drugs” to doing good for the world

You can listen to the show here

Give it a listen, and then I’d love to hear: What are some ways you think you can start building social impact into your career?

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Show Notes (Timings are Approximate):

Why people think you can’t make money doing good (2:15)

What a career in social impact actually means (4:00)

How to start thinking about a transition into a social impact career (6:45)

How to get more information about social impact careers (10:50)

What Jen wishes she knew about social impact before starting (16:00)

Strategies for more established careerists in the social impact space (18:13)

Maintaining sanity when working in social impact (22:00)

Small tweaks in your job that can make a social impact difference (23:25)

Final thoughts on making an impact (26:20)

Travel questions (30:10)


Resources Mentioned on the Show:  

jencurryconsulting.com (now Change Impact)

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Social Enterprise Alliance