Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 3, No 1 (2013)

They Want to Be Global Citizens: Now What?: Implications of the NGO Career Arc for Students and Faculty Mentors

Andrew M. Robinson


Once faculty have inspired their students to want to become global citizens, many of these students will approach them for advice about careers that will enable them to live out their commitment to global justice. This article seeks to inform such discussions by providing students and their faculty mentors with information to help consider whether the NGO sector is a good fit for the student, how to prepare for it, and how to advance within it. It does so by providing a snapshot of the nonprofit/NGO career arc based upon analysis of 220 responses to a survey conducted in 2010 of staff of “NGOs that advance human rights” located in Ontario, Canada. Topics discussed include: the importance of when people take an interest in the sector; the relationship between campus clubs and volunteering and NGO careers; the importance of the BA versus the MA to employability; the typical career pattern; what recent entrants might learn from more established staff; types of specific occupation in the sector; how executive directors differ from other staff; and patterns related to gender within the sector.


Careers; Global Citizenship; Nongovernmental Organization (NGO); Nonprofit; Students; Mentoring; Executive Director; Gender

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