In this prior post, I was curious about other nonprofit professionals’ college experiences because I am constantly seeing connections between my undergraduate studies in sociology and my nonprofit career.

So, if you majored in sociology in college, and you are tired of people questioning what job you can get with a degree in sociology, you should consider exploring what a career in the nonprofit sector might look like for you.

Here are some ways that my sociological background supports my current nonprofit work:

  • Studying sociology enhanced my familiarity with different cultural perspectives. In my nonprofit work, this leads to better relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and clients.  In the nonprofit sector, it is critically important to live out positive diversity practices – across race, gender, age, religion, ability, and cultural background.
  • Studying sociology provided knowledge of social scientific methods and current research. In my nonprofit work, this offers an accurate context for understanding social problems and possible solutions.  In the nonprofit sector, organizations’ missions focus on a social problem, and it is necessary to develop appropriate logic model and programs to address that social problem.
  • Studying sociology offers understanding of institutions, organizations, and groups of people. In my nonprofit work, this provides clarity when I am surprised or confused by an organizational practice.  In the nonprofit sector, organizations are our basic-building blocks, and it is important to understand their function and dysfunction.

I love my background in sociology – especially because it makes me a more effective nonprofit professional.

What about you?  Have your undergraduate studies influenced your career for the better?  Please leave a comment with your response!