February 12, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Ammu Devasthali, a prominent member of the Las Cruces community, spoke with College of Business Student Ambassadors on February 11, 2015, in the Business Complex.
Dr. Devasthali is a longtime resident of Las Cruces and an alumna of NMSU, earning two Master’s degrees in Fine Arts. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language from Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Soviet Literature from Moscow State University, Russia.
Devasthali has served on the boards of numerous non-profits and has also founded and funded multiple charitable organizations and charitable funds throughout the Las Cruces community.
She spoke with the ambassadors about considering the non-profit sector when planning their career.
One of the misconceptions people have when they consider careers in the non-profit sector is that there are few job opportunities. Devastahli pointed out that not only are there multiple job opportunities in the non-profit sector, but also the non-profit job market has been growing, especially in the last few years.
Another misconception is that jobs in the non-profit sector are dead-ends. Devastahli said that, in fact, people can gain broad and valuable experience and learn new skill sets they would not be exposed to in other lines of work.
Working in the non-profit sector can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. Devasthali remarked that non-profit work is very addicting; the satisfaction she experiences is incredible. She went on to describe ways people can donate other than money such as time, expertise, and resources. These donations can make a huge difference in advancing the cause one supports.
Devastahli advised the ambassadors to donate either time or money to a cause they feel passionate about.