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RW103. Charity careers: how to get a job in the third sector. Volunteering is key to breaking into the third sector Handily for those who’ve already signed up to volunteer, organising and taking part in voluntary events is essential for getting your first charity job.

Charity careers: how to get a job in the third sector

“You need to stand out from the crowd. This means finding time to volunteer with a charity or community-based organisation,” says Ola Fajobi, global head of human resources at Christian Aid. Likewise, Henrietta Blyth, people director for Tearfund, says volunteering can even outweigh postgraduate qualifications. “Having relevant experience and skills is more valuable than lots of qualifications. You don’t need to be in London to work for a charity While it can sometimes seem like all charity jobs in the UK are based in London, there are plenty of opportunities to be found in the rest of the country. Though, due to vast size of London, and its direct flight links abroad where charities may have field programmes, there are undoubtedly more opportunities in the capital.

Looking for a job? University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog. Rachel Wylie has just finished her BA in Geography at the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds Careers Centre Blog

Here she explains how her involvement in volunteering throughout university not only helped her discover her passion, but also helped her land a job after graduation. Volunteering has opened so many doors for me through my time at university, and has led me directly into an incredible job as a women’s outreach worker; here is how it happened. I got involved in fundraising during my second year of university when a friend decided to start her own charity group for women in the criminal justice system.

This was totally out of the blue but she asked me to get involved and so I found some time alongside my studies. Together we founded and ran an upcycling project with female offenders called WISE: Women In Sustainable Enterprise. Volunteering to co-run WISE revealed the skills I possessed which I never really used in my degree. Like this: Like Loading... How to encourage graduates to join the charity sector – live debate. Recent research has shown that young job seekers are less interested in financial security when it comes to their careers and instead more concerned with job fufilment and contributing to solving social ills.

How to encourage graduates to join the charity sector – live debate

While this sounds like great news for the charity sector, the private sector is still luring talented graduates with benefits and higher incomes. With the graduate employment market at its strongest since the recession began, how is the charity sector going to demonstrate the value of a career in the sector and compete for those talented graduates? Join us on Thursday 10 April from 12pm-1.30pm to discuss where the sector can begin. Our expert panel will be discussing and taking your questions on the following topics: • Where to begin and what methods to use when it comes to recruiting young people. • How the sector can demonstrate its value to graduates – what has it got to offer?

• How to ensure that young job seekers are aware of the career path the charity sector offers. Charity Directory - List of Charities - Online Fundraising. Home - Charity Commission. Overview of the charity sector in the UK. Find out essential information on working in the charities and voluntary work sector...

Overview of the charity sector in the UK

What areas of charity can I work in? This sector is often referred to as the third sector, the not-for-profit sector and the voluntary and community sector (VCS). Employment opportunities are grouped into: administrative; advisory; animal conservation; campaigning and lobbying; conservation and environmental; economic development and capacity building; emergency and poverty alleviation; environmental research; financial management; fundraising; health education and promotion; human resources management, including volunteer management; human rights; policy development; provision of care services and carer support; public relations and branding; scientific and social research and development. However, it is worth noting that many jobs that are available in businesses are also required in not-for-profit organisations, for example, marketing, IT and accounting. Who are the main graduate employers? Home - Institute of Fundraising. Skills - Third Sector.

NCVO - Policy and research. NCVO works to positively influence the external environment on behalf of the voluntary sector, empowered by our network of member organisations.

NCVO - Policy and research

One of the main ways that we do this is through our policy and research work, by developing a strong evidence base on voluntary sector issues, and working with our members to influence government and other decision makers. We have pulled together all of our evidence and policy work in most of the key themes below. You'll also find pointers to practical support and a reading list of all of our related publications and policy documents. If you would like to be more involved check to see if your organisation is already a member or join us today. General Election 2015 You can read all our background policy papers covering the topics we looking at. What's in this section Campaigning Is voluntary sector campaigning changing?

Charity law and regulation Does the current legal and regulatory framework meet the needs of charities and trustees? Funding Localism. Voluntary / Charity - University of Leeds Careers Centre.