Careers for the Common Good

“When I was growing up, we had to make choices.  Were you going to go into business, were you going to be a social worker…were you going to go into government?  Today, those walls have come down.  This generation says it doesn’t work like that anymore.  We’ve got big problems to solve, and we’re going to go about doing that.  And they want to bring all that they have.” -Pam Omidyar, Co-Founder of Omidyar Network, at the launch of the Georgetown Center for Social Impact and Innovation

Last Wednesday evening we welcomed 168 students and 55 alumni into Fisher Colloquium (the sleek event space within the Rafik Hariri Building) for the at the 8th Annual Careers for the Common Good.  Of all of our events, this one holds special significance because it focuses on educating students on the employment that is available to them if they want to give back to society while trying to earn a living.   A large part of the Georgetown identity is wrapped up in the notion that “Students are challenged to engage in the world and become men and women in the service of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.”

With the launch of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown is will be paying even more attention to the new and varied professions that the Millennial generation is seeking as they try to bring positive world change through innovation. Alumni Career Services hopes to be a partner in showcasing both traditional nonprofit careers as well as those newly created roles that defy former boundaries (e.g. Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Expert, Chief Listening Officer).  As stated in Pam Omidyar’s quote at the top, students and young alumni are rejecting the idea that there are only a select few paths to go down upon graduation.  It’s an exciting time for careers, and we hope you’ll share with us any trends that you are seeing in the marketplace or positions you think we need to represent at next year’s Careers for the Common Good.

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