NIB Career Q&A: Mathew Paisner, Co-Founder & CEO, AltrUHelp

MathewPaisnerMathew Paisner, Co-Founder & CEO, AltrUHelp is a panelist for the “Valuing and Securing Funding for your Startup” session at the Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 21st. Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ve got to look forward to.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
Back in 2009 when I was working on Wall Street, I got inspired by some of the Corporate Responsibility initiatives I saw taking place. I ended up volunteering to be a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and began working with a bunch of nonprofit boards. I soon realized that I wanted to pursue career opportunities where I didn’t need to choose between profit and purpose. I ended up leaving my job to teach Math & English for a few months in low income minority communities of NYC and then went to business school at Babson. One of my MBA classes was on social entrepreneurship and as part of a class project I ended doing a feasibility study to launch my own social enterprise. One thing led to another and my startup was accepted into several accelerators which helped my team and I move forward.

What’s the most interesting/most fun/most challenging aspect of your job?
The most interesting and fun part of my job is the amazing people I meet and get to work with who share my passion for increasing social impact. The most challenging aspect of my job is trying to anticipate the unexpected obstacles that come up weekly and knowing when my team needs to pivot.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
Start out volunteering or working part-time on community projects that you are passionate about or that inspire you. As you immerse yourself in new projects, new opportunities will arise and you’ll be able to gain a better understanding of what types of careers you might want to pursue that align with your interests. Lastly, connect with others who are already pursuing that career path to gain insight into the demands of the job, requirements and challenges. Ultimately, you want to be able to transition into a career you are not only passionate about but one that’s sustainable and meets your realistic expectations.

Sign up today to come to the Career Summit on February 21st and join the panel ”Valuing and Securing Funding for Your Startup” to hear more from Mathew.

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