Helping you find a career in charity & voluntary
If a career dedicated to helping people and improving the lives of others appeals to you, then a job in the charity sector could be very fulfilling.
As charities are non-profit organisations, independent of government or business, they have more autonomy than most other organisations and largely rely on the commitment and direction of their core workforce, giving employees a chance to really get involved and make a positive difference.
With roughly 169,000 charities in the UK employing more than 600,000 workers and countless volunteers, there is no shortage of employment opportunities in the sector. Graduates make up more than a third of the charity sector workforce.
There are many graduate jobs available in the charity sector, across all areas - from international development, to environmental, to working with children. Depending on your area of expertise and interests you may find yourself working in:
- Youth work
- Environment / conservation
- Animal welfare
- Child welfare
- Women's welfare
- Third world poverty
- Human rights
- Care services
- Policy development
- Poverty alleviation
As charities cover a wide range of purposes, you can choose to work in one that appeals to your passions and interests. If you're particularly interested in conservation and nature, for example, then perhaps you'd like to work for the biggest charity in the UK, the National Trust. On the other hand, if issues of poverty and international development are close to your heart, then it could be worth looking into opportunities at organisations such as Oxfam.
Charity workers tend to be highly motivated by their cause and take a lot of pride in their work, so be prepared for stiff competition when applying for jobs in the better-known charities.
Aside from full-time positions, there are also numerous voluntary roles available within charities. If you can afford to take time out to do it, volunteering can be great for your future career prospects - a few weeks with a charity could also set you on the right track for a job with them later. The majority of those working in charities have volunteered at some point.