NIB Career Q&A: Mark Albion, Co-Founder Net Impact and More Than Money Careers LLC

Mark-Albion-relaxedMark Albion, Co-Founder of Net Impact, will lead a workshop at the 2014 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on how students and professionals can position themselves to launch impact careers that fit their values. Mark is passionate about helping students and professionals find purposeful careers and knows how to help them get there. Read on to find out about the rewards and challenges of his work and to get a taste of the great advice and practical tips you’ll be exposed to in his workshop at the Careers Summit, February 21st. Don’t miss out, sign up today.

What inspired you to help others find purposeful careers?
I started speaking at schools on purposeful careers in 1988 both in part due to my own pain as an Harvard Business School professor who felt a lack of purpose in his own career, and as a reaction to the student desire for purpose I heard not in the classroom but behind closed doors (I was a chair for our first year MBAs) and in snail mail I received for students of other top business schools–suicide notes complaining that “No one hear cares about anything but making money – I want a career that is more than money, one that makes a difference.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Helping students and alumni at 43 universities and professionals find purposeful careers through More Than Money Careers, my daily work with Net Impact chapters around the world, and my writing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for those seeking a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
Being clear to yourself and others (communication) about what you want to do and finding the right tribe that will support you and help you along the way.

What advice would you give to those looking for an impact profession?
Instead of asking yourself what are my skills and what does the market need, ask yourself what makes you jump out of bed in the morning, passionate to get to work? These three questions are a good starting point:

  1. What is the social challenge, the injustice, I see in the world that I want changed?
  2. What needs to be done to have an impact on that challenge?
  3. How can I play a role?
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