A recent study from the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network titled “Stepping Up or Stepping Out” revealed an alarming statistic for those concerned with the future of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector: 45 percent of the most skilled and experienced respondents plan to leave the nonprofit sector, citing frustrations over burnout, career paths, and professional development.
Does this describe you? Or, if not, are you just looking for something more in your professional development?
The 2012 cohort of American Express NGen Fellows is conducting research into what kinds of online resources could help NGen leaders, age 40 and under, find the support and resources they need to develop professionally and advance their careers within the sector. Online resources could have the potential to overcome some of the concerns over cost and scalability that limit participation in traditional professional-development programs.
If you consider yourself an NGen leader, we invite you to share your thoughts in response to the following questions. Just leave a comment on this post responding to one or more questions, and check back to see how the discussion progresses.
- In your career so far, what development opportunities have been helpful (or not) to you?
- As you contemplate your continued leadership development, what is your area of greatest need? Do you feel you have adequate opportunities to address this need?
- Have you considered leaving the sector in the last six months? If so, what made you stay? What would take you away?
- If you were to participate in an online leadership development community to improve your leadership skills, what types of resources or tools would attract you to the site: in-depth training, peer mentorship, case studies, etc.?