Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, January 9, 2017
Congratulations on graduating! It is great to recognize how your natural proclivities and education come together for their best impact. It can take people a long time to figure out what is going to be best for them, so consider yourself a step ahead in the game. Now how to best use that step is the big question.
Just as you would with any job in any field, networking is going to be a key ingredient. There are a number of ways to meet people in the fields and organizations you are interested in, so first off, get your LinkedIn profile up to snuff and reach out to people who are already involved in the areas you see yourself. Have a look at the profiles of people you admire. What organizations are they members of? What did they do to advance their careers? If there are conferences, societies or other meetups that are popular in the community you are interested in, join them!
Talk to people about your goals. You never know who is going to have a connection that you can use to get that proverbial foot through the first door. And be prepared with your elevator pitch and willingness to get in on the ground floor.
Information interviewing is also an excellent tool for learning more about an organization and/or a specific person. This starts with building relationship so you can ask for the meeting, be respectful, be interested, be persistent without being overbearing. People are often willing to talk about what they do and how they do it, but they are also incredibly busy! Make it easy, take them to coffee and be courteous and flexible when/if schedules change.
Putting yourself out there is a big part of success both in non-profits and in events, so these suggestions are all likely part of your wheelhouse, you just need to put it all together! Best of luck!