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Nonprofit Social Service Directors
If you're interested in nonprofit social services work, you'll
want to concentrate on humanities and social science courses such
as English, history, government, sociology, and psychology. Such
courses will give you perspective on the issues confronting the
people that a nonprofit organization will be trying to help.
Communication skills are critical, so in addition to English, take
public speaking courses to hone your skills. The ability to speak a
foreign language will be a big plus in many organizations; consider
taking Spanish, as it is the second most common language spoken in
this country. At the director level of a nonprofit agency, you will
be responsible for budget expenditures; therefore, you should have
mathematics and accounting knowledge, so be sure to include these
classes in your schedule. Finally, take computer science courses so
that you will be able to use the computer for activities such as
creating budgets, writing grant proposals, and keeping a database
of information on clients.
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