A number of people get in touch with me to share their social entrepreneurship ambitions and discuss what business to start. However, many face the problem of getting simply started! Sometimes it helps to get some work experience before starting your own enterprise, and a social entrepreneurship job can be your first step.
A social entrepreneurship job is a great choice for those people who are passionate about sustainable development work. The field of social enterprise is varied and growing, meaning that it offers a wide range of job opportunities. Those who would like to learn more about the nature of social enterprise work should check out some websites like Ashoka, Echoing Green, the Social Enterprise Library and the Skoll Foundation which offer great resources on the topic.
Some websites like Fast Company offer an annual ranking of the best non profits and social enterprises to work for on their Social Capitalist Awards site. Business Ethics Magazine of Corporate responsibility also lists the top 100 corporations in terms of their CSR initiatives. Those who would like to work for a social enterprise may also want to consider looking at positions with one of the hundreds of certified B Corporations.
Be sure to also check out the social entrepreneurship jobs at our very own job board! There could be an opportunity that suits you, and could help you get ideas and get experience to figure out what business to start.