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.
Organisations that offer graduate schemes in this sector include Cancer Research UK, Charity Works, Wellcome, Sanctuary Group and IntoUniversity.
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.
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.
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.