Career Coach: Making the switch to nonprofit work? It's no day at the beach.

By Rob Sheehan
Monday, June 7, 2010; 16

For many good reasons, more people are finding themselves thinking about changing their career from a corporate focus to working for a nonprofit. Maybe you took the company's early retirement buyout and have a chance to think about how you really want to spend the rest of your working years. Or you have finally graduated the last kid from college and you have some financial flexibility to take a lower-paying job. Or you just had an epiphany that you want to spend the rest of your life really making a difference.

All of these are great reasons to consider a new career working for nonprofits. But if you do, here are some things to keep in mind:

I have overheard some people talk about doing something more meaningful while taking it a little slower during their last five to 10 years of working life. The first part is good -- the nonprofit sector is definitely a place you can find opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. But the work will not be easier and the hours worked per week will probably be the same or greater than what you left.

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