In March 2018 there were 167,972 registered charities in the UK, ranging from small voluntary organisations to large charities with budgets of £5 million and over.
73.5% of charities are smaller concerns with an annual income of up to £100,000. (www.gov.uk)
Policy research or strategy: following political developments, identifying key stakeholders in the decision-making process at all levels, researching international trends.
Administration: managing staff and budgets, and volunteer co-ordination (recruitment, training and co-ordination).
Other areas include HR, government liaison, project management, and logistics.
That depends on the job you want to do. For some roles, such as fundraising, your passion is most important. Experience or degrees in areas such as marketing, PR, events, sales and finance is sought after by charities.
Some areas, including international development, have specific roles for people with professional qualifications, such as doctors, midwives, nurses and teachers. Bachelors degrees in logistics, public health or social policy may also be useful, while having a Masters in international development or a related area may give you the edge.
For community development and volunteer co-ordinator roles, degrees in social work or youth and community are often required.
Volunteering - for a paid job in this area it is usually expected that you will have experience of volunteering. This demonstrates motivation and commitment as well as giving you an insight into the sector. This type of experience is also very accessible. See Volunteer SU and Volunteer Now.
Graduate Schemes and Internships:
Motivation: committed to the organisation, Administrative skills, Initiative and flexibility, organisational ability, Language skills: useful in some jobs, Adaptability and the ability to multitask, Negotiation skills, Innovation, Passion for the sector.
On Campus resources:
Charities are unlikely to be able to afford a significant marketing campaign. You’ll need to be proactive and hunt them down:
Unadvertised roles & networking
Some organisations may advertise internally or recruit someone through ‘word of mouth’.
Northern Ireland Specific (websites with paid and volunteering opportunities)
Job search websites specific to Northern Ireland include:
On Campus resources:
UK & Ireland:
There are also numerous organisations that can help you find volunteering projects abroad, but be aware of the costs involved. For example, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) offers International Citizen Service (ICS), where 18-25-year-olds travel to Africa or Asia on three-month development projects. However you would need to do some fundraising yourself to cover some of the costs. Also check Idealist.org
World Service Enquiry is an umbrella resource
Some employers will have international offices, for example Concern Worldwide, Red Cross and VSO. The Guardian newspaper has a strong charities job section.
Employment opportunities are also advertised on specialist websites, including:
Prospects industry insights and Gradireland sector career guides will help you to search for employment in this employment sector.
Prospects Job Sectors
Gradireland Career Sector Guides
Further information resources are available at the Student Guidance Centre Hub (Opening hours: Mon- Fri 09:00- 17:00), including free copies of Gradireland, TargetJobs and Prospects guides plus self-help guides and employer brochures. The Student Guidance Centre Hub has free wifi, tea and coffee.
This information is obtained from a variety of sources, including the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS), Prospects, Gradireland and relevant professional organisations and other appropriate resources, as available.
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