For Profit Job?

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!

  1. Fingers firmly crossed for you! It sounds like you’re really looking for something that will be beneficial for you, especially when it comes to your wellbeing and beliefs. I really hope your wonderjob arrives soon!

    • Thanks!!
      The job prospect came to me through a friend, so I already feel like it is a better fit than meeting with strangers. It’s a good sign!

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