I have an interview tomorrow for a job in the for-profit sector. They work with artists and fabricators, so it’s not totally without attraction. However, it’s totally different than the kind of jobs I have been applying for and the kind of jobs that I was training for during my masters degree. (Honestly, it is just terminology.)
I am at this place in which I just need to work, get my health insurance paid for, put money in my savings account, and not get yelled at for a while as I figure out what my next step is. It’s been 9 months of searching.
Last week, the guy interviewing me as me if I would be comfortable working at a for-profit company, and this is what I wrote back to him:
In my job search, my main priority is finding a company that is well-run and that treats its employees with respect. I have encountered organizations in the for-profit and non-profit worlds that do, and many that don’t. I am focused on finding a job where I can make a contribution. I love working with artists and this job seems to offer that quite a bit! For me, it is really not a binary choice between for-profit and non-profit, it’s about finding a place that is a good fit for me and where the work atmosphere is collegial, respectful, fun and motivated.
Am I just deluding myself? Or is this really how I feel? I think this is really how I feel. And if I could get promoted in this job, and the people are nice, then this could be fun. I care about working for a great (group of) manager(s). I care about being respected. I care about having a little bit of fun at work. I care about learning how to run a great business. This could be that, for sure.
I like the idea of learning to run a for-profit business myself, because the non-profit model is not the only way to operate socially responsible business. L3Cs, B-Corps, and other models are emerging, that hybridize the social mission and the profit motive. This is interesting to me. I would be happy to learn more about this kind of stuff.
Keep your fingers crossed!