Having spent a decade in the public service (both APS and ACTPS), Angel made the move to the community sector in 2019. Finally feeling financially stable enough to pursue passions rather than pay cheques, this move reflected Angel’s desire to use their communication skills to create positive impacts in their community.
They began in a large not-for-profit doing advocacy, front-line service delivery, and education and training functions. This was a fantastic introduction to the wide variety of work in the sector, and they loved the much-reduced bureaucracy compared to public service!
Angel has since moved to a small peak body, which is an entirely different workplace. They have had to expand their skillset to encompass all the communication, strategic and operational requirements of the organisation. It’s extremely busy, but knowing the improvements their contributions make means it’s all worth it.
I’d say if you want to go into the community sector, the biggest thing for me is find something you’re passionate about. Find something that really aligns with your ethics because that way, it doesn’t feel as much like a job and you really get that glow at the end of the day knowing you’ve helped on a topic that’s really important to you.