How to get experience
Experience is key in this sector so try and undertake some voluntary work while at university; for local opportunities VolunteerNow is a good resource.
This sector encompasses a variety of roles. You can find out more about the types of roles available on the Prospects website.
Types of roles available:
Helping people with issues including debt, employment, housing, welfare and education.
You'll deliver this advice in a range of ways, such as face-to-face appointments, telephone, email and web-chat.
Marketing and public relations activities to raise the profile of the organisation's services, design fundraising materials and organise fundraising events, as well as approach potential donors and maintain donor lists.
Community Development Worker
Often acts as a link between communities and a range of other local authority and voluntary sector providers, such as the police, social workers and teachers.
International Aid/Development Worker
Working on short and long term projects in a wide variety of areas, focusing on meeting the needs of people and communities in the developing world.