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Join PCDN's Free Weekly Impact Career Chats

Craig Zelizer

April 30, 2020

At PCDN we were planning on launching a group career coaching option to help even more people advance careers of impact.

Then, COVID-19 happened. So here is the deal: We are opening four decades of  expertise and to help you. Once a week. For free.

Join us via every week via Zoom for a highly interactive session and come with any questions, your challenges, or favorite tips on building a career of social impact. We will do our best to guide you in this time of crisis. These are highly interactive and participatory sessions where we provide expert guidance as well as draw on the deep wisdom and experience of our community from around the world. The discussions are fun and highly engaging as we focus on  honest career conversations done right where discuss the good, the challenges &  the unknown) that we all face in trying to advance impact in the world.

When: We are online at every Thursday at Noon Eastern Standard Time  (as long as there interest from our community). You only need to register once to participate and then you can attend when you have time/interest. See below for a full Q & A on this initiative.

Why is PCDN doing this?  Because we are dedicated to helping changemakers at all stages access the tools, resources and information to advance careers of impact. Plus, PCDN.global was created to help as many people as possible around the globe and we're even more committed to service this trying period.

How do I sign up? Register here . Once your registration has been approved, you will receive information on how to participate.

How do I participate? Each week we will be on Zoom  Participants will receive information via email about how to login. You will either need to download Zoom on your computer, tablet/smartphone (we recommend using the app to be able to have a more engaging experience) or you can call in via phone via the numbers provided.

Is there any cost to participating? No, our goal is to help as many people as possible for  free.

Can I participate when I want? Yes, all you need to do is register. Then you can join in whenever you have time. These are designed to be dropped in chats, although we have many people who participate each week.

How can I ensure my questions are addressed? While we will make an effort to address as many questions as possible, we cannot guarantee we will be able to get to everyone. Questions can be posted at anytime in the Social Change Career Helping Line or free to drop us an email to info(at)pcdn.global with your questions.

What topics will you cover?  Most weeks we are picking a topic related to building a career of impact (register for the webinar series,  join our Career Helping Line or subscribe to  our newsletter).
We are covering the nuts and bolts of building a career of impact ranging from how to advance a purpose filled network, do a job search, cover many career paths related to impact, to explore grad school (or not), fellowships and funding, trends in the fourth industrial revolution and much more. If you have a topic you would like to propose drop us a line.

Are you looking for guest speakers? We will have world-class guests on a regular basis from all sorts of sectors who will share their honest insights and guidance. We are open to suggestions of potential guests who might want to help with a session. Get in contact with us to discuss.

Where else can I go for help? PCDN offers a number of ways we help our community for free including

  • We highly recommend joining our free Social Change Career Helping Line. This is the world's first free, peer and expert sourced space for building careers of impact. Members (to date we have 3500 members from over 140 countries) can get support and share their own insights 24/7.
  • We also produce the Social Change Career Podcast featuring some of the world's leading changemakers & innovators who share their journeys to building a career of impact. We cover diverse sectors from peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, tech and social change, impact investing, humanitarian relief, startups and more. Each episode includes in-depth actionable advice for changemakers.
  • Subscribe to our newsletters and get the world's best curated content (including jobs, fellowships, funding, events, news & inspiration) connected to the SDGs and all things impact) in your inbox.
  • Read our Career Series. We have hundreds of posts on building a Career of Impact that you can access for free (and we continue to add more content).
  • Check out our Opportunity Board find jobs, fellowships, internships, funding, trainings, events and more in nearly every corner of the world.

What happens if I need more support in my career journey? We do offer very affordable career coaching that includes customized one-on-one coaching to help you get from passion to hired. We are uniquely qualified as we have over four decades of combined experience in the social sector, have conducted groundbreaking published research on building careers of impact, have built NGOs, social enterprises, worked & consulted at leading academic institutions, NGOs and conducted programming, evaluation and impact work in multiple sectors.  We've also hired many people, mentored thousands of people around the globe, and also had successes and of course some real failures (quitting jobs, working for organizations that run out of funding and more). We have a 20% discount on our career services during the covid-19 epidemic. If you have questions get in touch or setup a free 15 minute exploratory chat.

What will you do to ensure privacy of the participants? We are doing a few key steps including having people register and using passwords for people to access the platform. We plan not to record most of  the sessions to ensure there is a space for open discussion (note when we have a guest expert from the social impact sector we may record those sessions, but will notify all participants). Of course it is important to emphasize that others will be other participants in each session who  able to hear/see the discussion. If you have a particularly sensitive question feel free to email it to us and we will try to raise it during the chat without mentioning any names or organizational information.


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