Nov 212014
 

CTW Symposium Fall, 2014

If you’re in ChangeTheWorld.org Nonprofit consulting you just finished up the CTW Symposium. If you’re in the Social Venture Consulting Practicum, you just had your Devil’s Advocate session. It’s time to take all of the feedback and turn it into a final presentation for your client. But what exactly does that mean and where do you start? Resident experiential learning pro, Pammi Bhullar, has some tips on how to use your feedback to deliver a strong final presentation to your client.

  1. All feedback isn’t created equal. Some of the feedback you get is gold. Some will be less so. Have a discussion with your team and decide what’s worth pursuing, what’s worth including in the presentation and what’s just not a good fit.
  2. Be realistic. It’s easy to get overwhelmed after a lot of external feedback. Boil it down to immediate needs and pursue what you can finish in the time you have left.
  3. If you can’t implement it, pass it along. When you get really good feedback that’s not feasible to pursue as part of your project, make sure to include it as an additional recommendation and explain to your client why you didn’t quite get to it. That feedback is important to both you and your client so make sure to share!
  4. Cover all your final presentation bases. There are a few things every final presentation should have: 1) a slide deck with notes 2) a final report 3) an executive summary of the final report. Make sure you clarify the target audience for each of these deliverables and tailor them for that audience.
  5. Reference Past Presentations for Inspiration. Having trouble structuring your final presentation and report? Examples of past final presentations exist for both ChangeTheWorld.org and the Social Venture Consulting Practicum. CTW examples can be found in the CTW google folder and SVC examples can be found on the canvas site. If you need help finding either of these, email Pammi!
  6. Use Your client’s Templates. If your client has their own PowerPoint slides and document templates, use them when putting together final presentations and reports. The presentations you’re creating aren’t for you; they’re for your client. Make the recommendations feel like theirs and not yours.
  7. Pitch another round of Consulting. Many times the project that you tackle will uncover other needs in the organization. So in true consulting fashion, remind your client that they can apply for the ChangeTheWorld.org nonprofit consulting for next semester!

If you keep these considerations in mind, you’ll turn all of your work this semester into a high quality, actionable report that will propel your nonprofit client forward. Now all you have to do is do it. Good luck!

Getting Students on Track for Impact Careers

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Nov 132014
 

MTM Impact Career Workshop *adapted from CSVC’s October Quarterly Newsletter In Depth piece

Today’s college students are redefining career success.  Increasingly, they seek opportunities aligned with personal passions and the ability to make a positive impact on the world. Broadly, this area of interest in doing well by doing good has come to be known as the “Impact” sector.  Given this considerable shift in interest, universities are beginning to broaden career programming and services to empower students to pursue such goals.

The challenge however, is that many universities are trying to meet a contemporary need with a set of outdated beliefs.  When we think “impact”, we generally think nonprofit; but in reality impact jobs exist across a variety of sectors, organizational structures, and often hybridized business structures. Another common assumption is that the impact sector is truly its own distinct space, when in reality it permeates all sectors.  For instance, Calvert Investments and TOMS Shoes both empower underserved communities, but one is a financial services firm and the other is an apparel company. Both blend impact practices and language with the praxis and language of their respective, functional industries.

In these ways, the impact sector is truly a unique space and requires a different approach to job search preparation and planning. As such, we must look between and beyond traditional methods to get our students on track for impact careers.

Having the right skills, knowledge, and competency is essential, but it’s also only one piece in the impact careers puzzle. Students also need to know where to find, and how to identify, impact organizations that align with their specific career goals. Once identified, students must effectively market themselves and their experiences. Making this effort more challenging is the fact that many impact organizations utilize their tight-knit networks to promote new job opportunities. Therefore, unless an outside job seeker is paying very close attention, such opportunities easily go unnoticed.

In partnership with More Than Money Careers, the Smith Office of Career Services and both MBA and Undergraduate Smith Net Impact chapters, CSVC hosts an  impact careers workshop for students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. This workshop helps students better define what they are looking for (a critical and often overlooked step), and leverage online resources to target and connect with impact organizations, as well as engage specific impact individuals within the space. During our workshop this fall, Dr. Mrim Boutla, co-founder of More Than Money Careers, will lead the workshop and then provide focused group coaching to workshop participants. Participants of the workshop will also receive one month of free 24/7 access to the More than Money Careers e-learning platform.

Our next workshop is December 5th from 10am-2pm. Learn more about our Impact Careers Workshop and RSVP by emailing csvc@rhsmith.umd.edu