Careers in Faith-based Organisations

The coronavirus crisis has drawn many people to think more acutely about the role work plays in their lives, including its usefulness to society and its importance to the economy. The opportunity for extended reflection on these concerns is perhaps rarely given to an entire generation - but 2020 has provided it in spades.


Evidence about how employers will respond to the individual musings of their staff after lockdown ends is not yet available. However, the related debate about how the economy “builds back” is growing. The growth in the public’s perception of the need to build back more sustainably could well become associated with employer’s concerns about staff engagement, productivity and job satisfaction. One thing is certain: employee’s evaluation of the value and the meaning of their work can have a significant impact on their productivity and wellbeing.


As a coach specialising in executive, leadership and career coaching many of my clients search me out because they have become aware of my experience within the humanitarian development sector. Prompted by questions concerning the value of their work or the legacy they will leave they may be seeking to gain entry to the development sector. Perhaps they are beginning to explore options with international non-governmental organisations, multilateral organisations, civil society organisations or in government aid.


My latest book, “Careers in Faith-based Organisations” aims to provide a preliminary guide to opportunities in faith-based organisations. It’s written both for the person of faith and of none. In it I explore what exactly is meant by a faith-based organisation; reflect on the management and growth in the professionalism of the sector; look at the size and diversity of FBOs; provide some tips concerning preparatory training; scan and evaluate the main specialist online vacancy boards and sources of consultancy opportunities and provide some practical guidance about applications and interviews in the digital age.


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