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charity sector Graduate opportunities graduate schemes There are graduate schemes available at a number of the leading UK charities, including Barnardo’s and Cancer Research UK . These schemes typically take the form of twelve-week voluntary placements (often meaning payment is unlikely). applications Generally, to apply for these internships you will be a graduate or have just finished your A-Levels, with positions available in Fundraising, Digital and Social Media and Events Management as well as others. volunteering The charity sector then, is an exciting professional environment; but regardless of your qualifications, gaining experience within charities through volunteering should be your first port of call. CHARITABLE BUSINESS We give you the rundown of employment opportunities in the charity sector… T he charity – or third sector – is a strong area of growth both as a service provider and an employer. Charities ranging from the well-known national organisations to the many local charities provide 634,000 paid positions in the UK – and if you are interested in working for an organisation that makes a direct impact to a cause that is valuable to you, then charity work could prove your ideal career path. first steps If you’re looking to change career, you need not have direct experience in order to work for a charity. Many employers in the sector are interested in recruiting applicants that demonstrate transferable skills, combined with the ability to adapt and learn rapidly in a new environment. Interestingly, some charities have a similar fundamental organisational structure to for-profit businesses and thus thrive on the same expertise located in many regular organisations’ HR, IT and finance divisions for example. If you wish to get involved in more specialist charity roles however, then the two main areas of interest are likely to be social care and fundraising, both of which require specific expertise and experience. With social care, you will of course need to have the relevant experience to work with the charity’s client group, as you will provide the care that is the objective of the organisation. This care is only made possible by the behindthe-scenes services – the fundraising team – that are the parallel of a Marketing 38

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - London North 2011

THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER
SURVEY YOUR CV
RETURN TO EARN
AIM HIGH
ROUND THE HOUSES
SPOTLIGHT
EDUCATION IS KEY
TRAINING
APPRENTICESHIPS
CHARITABLE BUSINESS
CARING & SHARING
10 CARE FACTS
A GUIDE TO THE LONDON NORTH
NUMBERS IN THE NEWS
USEFUL CONTACTS

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