Prospective employers (and anyone you are networking with) will be looking for you to understand the landscape, trends, terminology, and current issues within impact finance. And let’s face it, there is a lot going on in the space these days!
Leveraging news outlets and research
This means, you’ll need to put the time in by reading newsletters like ImpactAlpha and industry reports like the GIIN’s annual survey as well as specialized reports in the sectors or asset classes you are interested in. Traditional news outlets are writing more about impact finance as well. You can use Google Alerts or other or search tools to pull together articles and new reports in your areas of interest.
Social media for social impact
Social media can be a great way to connect with the thought leaders in the larger impact finance space as well as the specific areas you are interested in. Twitter can be particularly useful to engage directly with thought leaders and stay up to date on current conversations. Here are lists of Impact Finance Leaders, Impact Finance Companies and Impact Finance Academics to get you started.
LinkedIn is also a powerful medium with many leaders sharing useful resources including new publications, events and even just their own thoughts on developments in impact finance. You can follow individuals and companies to make sure their updates show up in your news feed.
You’ll also want to attend webinars and other online events like conferences and roundtables. Be sure to use the chat effectively to introduce yourself to others and add value to conversations.
Courses and educational content
If you are looking to supercharge your impact learning, a short course can be a great way to do that. Here are a few that we recommend:
We hope you found this useful!