Great models for jobs that “do good”

November 21, 2010 at 9:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today’s students want to create change but aren’t sure how to proceed. Often, they need you as educators to help them understand that there’s more than one way to have an impact. Change happens in the nonprofit sector as well as through new business models and government work, too.

Fast Company has a series on how different people symbolize the Change Generation. One of the recently featured members of that generation is Chad Bullock, Executive Director of helloCHANGE.org. Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, Chad saw the terrible results of cigarette addiction on friends and family, including his great-grandfather who died of lung cancer. After that, he decided to dedicate his life to anti-tobacco activities. He has led the successful charge to turn the Durham Bulls stadium into a smoke-free baseball bark and founded helloCHANGE, the largest youth-led anti-tobacco organization in the country. A graduate of Nyack College, Chad says, “I become very excited when I see young people realize the power they have. I think it’s becoming a growing trend to get out there and make change!”  His work has changed him, too. “Today, I am more in touch with who I am as a person and feel confident about what’s to come.”

Another Change Generation person profiled on Fast Company is Marie Forleo of New Jersey, who has a finance degree from Seton Hall University. After trying jobs ranging from the New York Stock Exchange to Mademoiselle magazine, Marie decided to launch her own business as a life coach. She founded the Rich, Happy, and Hot brand dedicated to empowering women with tools to create financial, spiritual, and emotional wealth through entrepreneurship. With her Change Your Life, Change the World model, an investment in the RHH Virtual Mastery coaching program triggers an investment in social change. A portion of the program profit goes to women and girl-focused philanthropy. Marie educates and inspires with a rare mix of humor, wisdom and insight. She advises women, “Be honest with yourself about what you’re interested in. Have a personal brand.”

We’re seeing a huge uptick in interest in careers with social impact.  Are you seeing the same thing on your campuses?

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