Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Response to "New Adventures"

By Pilar Oberwetter

Lohr’s article seems to be only the most recent of many articles that are sending the message that this recession is changing the direction of career choices made by ‘top talent’ coming out of undergraduate and graduate programs. And quite frankly, as someone who entered the nonprofit sector over a decade ago, I am somewhat bewildered.

To use an analogy (inappropriate in scale and topic, but somewhat appropriate in nomenclature), as the Native Americans must have felt with the arrival of Europeans, so I feel with the arrival of MBAs and other Wall Street refugees (another inappropriate choice of words, I know). The nonprofit and public sector already had talent—and the new arrivals are just joining our ranks.

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