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CHARIT Y

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Words: Georgina Maric. Images: Shutterstock

ith success often
measured by how
much money you
earn, working
for a charity
can give you
a different
viewpoint and it will also give you
the chance to make a difference.
If causes such as equality, animal
welfare and the environment are
important to you then working for
a charity could provide you with a
satisfying career. There are charities
in all sorts of sectors, including
childcare, illness, animal welfare,
homelessness, overseas aid and
ecological issues.
With more than 180,000 registered
charities in England and Wales between
them employing around 800,000 people
and generating around £10billion in
annual income, this workforce is
growing by about 10,000 employees
every year and the work available in this
sector is varied and widespread.
Charity work is roughly divided into
two areas: volunteer roles and paid
positions. Paid employment roles,
especially technical and executive
jobs, often require a degree or
formal qualification in their area
of specialism, while for more junior
roles, or volunteer positions, showing
commitment, enthusiasm and an
interest in the issues affecting the
particular charity will usually get
your foot in the door. And while many

This is the
area if you
have passion,
drive and
dedication
people join a charity because they want
a worthwhile career, it's a myth that
roles within charitable organisations
are poorly paid; generally, salaries are
very competitive, especially for senior
positions in larger companies.
Another valid reason to go into this
sector is that charities have a reputation
for being good employers, and
consequently have high staff-retention
rates. Many companies also offer
flexible-working options and good
opportunities for career development
and further training. The skills you'll
need will much depend on which area
you go into but, in general, you need
to be hardworking, dedicated and
proactive, with excellent communication
and organisation skills. If you're savvy
with social media, that's a huge plus -
the charity industry greatly benefits
from social-media platforms such

as Twitter and Facebook, as they enable
fast, effective targeting of potential
donors, volunteers and contributors
for fundraising and campaigns.

VARIETY
OF ROLES

There are many charities doing valuable
work raising funds and awareness in
specific areas, such as the RSPCA.
Other charities, such as Children in
Need, concentrate solely on raising
funds for other charities to spend.
Many charities derive income from
sponsorship, trusts, benefactors and
fundraising. Bid writing, where you
put together the proposals asking
for funding, is an important role.
You can specialise in many fields,
including: administrative; advisory;

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