Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Green Hall 448B
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-3789
kryan4@wellesley.edu

The Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact (ENSI) Career Community is a space for students and alumnae  interested in purpose-driven work, whether that be through teaching and education, nonprofit administration, philanthropy, social work and counseling, advocacy and activism, community development and planning, or countless other sectors that address society’s big challenges. Wellesley’s rigorous liberal arts education and commitment to service provide students and alumnae with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in these fields and prepare them to emerge as ethical leaders ready to make a real difference in their community. 
 
ENSI careers take many forms and often cut across sectors, but are united by a common orientation towards addressing complex social issues, whether on an individual, community, or global scale. Students and alumnae in the ENSI career community are often involved in matters such as educational reform, racial justice, homelessness and housing rights, poverty, sustainability and climate change, mental health, gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, food security, and community development. This work can occur in the classroom, through direct service organizations, within activist and advocacy spaces, or through research, policy, and assessment. No matter the setting, the ENSI community presents countless opportunities to precipitate social change. 
 
Although varied, these professional fields all require strong communication and critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, cultural literacy, nuanced understanding of social systems and structures, emotional intelligence, and the capacity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Additionally, because many organizations in these sectors focus on a particular social issue, population, or community, having topical knowledge related to the organization’s mission is advantageous. 
 
Making a social impact means different things to different people — there is no predefined template for making a difference. As your advisor, I encourage you to reflect upon what social impact means, looks, and feels like to you. Engage in community-based work through volunteer opportunities. Use jobs and internships to explore career fields and gain the skills needed to generate change. Reach out to Wellesley alumnae to glean insights, advice, and wisdom from stories of their professional journeys. No matter where you are in this process, remember that I am here to help you identify and secure opportunities that enable you to make a social impact in ways that fit your interests, strengths, and values. 
 

 

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Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact

Green Hall 448B
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-3789
kryan4@wellesley.edu

Office hours 

Appointments can be scheduled for Monday – Friday. 

Pop-up advising hours 

Wed, 10:00am – 12:00 pm
Campus Center info booth

Top Job Functions

Class of 2018 Top Job Functions in the Education, Nonprofit, and Social Impact Community
29.90%
Research
22.68%
Education / Teaching / Training
7.22%
Administration
5.15%
Fundraising & Event Management
3.09%
Customer/Technical Support
3.09%
Environmental / Sustainability
3.09%
Library Science
20.6%
Other
* Highlighted outcomes from 2017 graduates

“I grew up listening to public radio and I’ve always enjoyed stories, so I’m looking forward to learning about how storytelling and journalism function in a different continent.”

Spring Into Career Education

Spring 2019 Career Essentials Schedule

Awkward Lunch Bunch (Practice Networking with your Peers!)

Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg

Not good at small talk? Feel awkward or out of place at networking events? How about knowing which utensils to use at that stuffy formal dinner you were invited to? The Awkward Lunch Bunch is a casual monthly meet up to practice for all of life’s professional awkward moments.

“After grad school, I jumped straight into curriculum development as a Middle Grades Editor at Pearson Education, then left for a startup making video games that taught science, and finally ended up at the Smithsonian Science Education Center as a curriculum developer (my dream gig!).”

Curriculum Design

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

Career paths in curriculum design are wide-ranging, beginning with the variety of terms and job titles you will hear and levels of preparation required (a Bachelor’s degree is required, often a master’s is preferred--or depth of knowledge in the subject). There is often confusion within the occupation surrounding titles. Typically, the role involves development and evaluation of curricular and training materials.