“What do you want to be?”
That’s the common refrain that enters our heads when thinking about career goals and opportunities, and nowhere does it feel more prevalent than on college campuses among the conversations of graduating seniors. Maybe the goal is the Senate, or academia, or business; the way we talk about career goals is title-focused. And the way that graduating seniors talk and think about their job prospects betrays a false determinism: the first job will lead to the second job will lead to graduate school will lead to the dream job. Want to work in business? Better start in consulting. Want to run for office? Better prepare for law school. Want to work in the White House? Better join a Presidential campaign. At Spadework, we encourage a different thought process. We believe “what do you want to be?” is the wrong question. The better question is “what do you want to change?” If you think the status-quo is all well and good, then Spadework is not for you. But if you believe that our towns, cities, and states need significant progressive reform, then you should join us. If you want to protect and expand abortion access, or end our system of mass incarceration, or end inequity in our schools, you should join us. What is Spadework? We recruit, train, and place talented and motivated young people in statewide-and-smaller campaign organizing jobs around the country, with a focus on inclusion. Why join Spadework? Finding a campaign job is hard and too often requires full-time volunteering or sending a resume to seemingly-bottomless resume banks. We offer a clear and transparent path to organizing jobs, and thus a direct and concrete way to shift the status quo and make change on the issues you care about. We offer training and experience in organizing, a skill that will be applicable in every single job you have, from campaigns to business to academia. And post-campaign, we offer career guidance and support to ensure that you’re well-positioned for whatever’s next. Why organizing? Research shows that organizing is under-invested in and immensely powerful for campaigns. But beyond just the strategic value of organizing, we believe both that organizing is a public good and a stellar career experience. We believe that more people with organizing experience will strengthen our democracy and our politics at every level of government. Furthermore, we believe that the skills developed as an organizer--clear communication, effective management, responsibility for and accountability to goals, simple hard work--carry over into every future job. How to Join Fill out our application here!