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        Helping you find a career in the charity industry

        If you want to use your skills to help others, then a job in the charity sector could be right for you.

        Charities are non-profit organisations. There are around 169,000 charities in the UK, with thousands of workers and countless volunteers.

        Charities cover a wide range of purposes. If you're interested in conservation and nature, you could work for a large charity the National Trust. If an issue like poverty is close to your heart, then a charity like Oxfam might be for you.

        Types of jobs within the charity industry

        There are lots of graduate jobs available in the charity sector, across all areas, including:

        • Youth work
        • Environment/conservation
        • Animal welfare
        • Child welfare
        • Women's welfare
        • Third world poverty
        • Human rights
        • Care services
        • Policy development
        • Poverty alleviation
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        Skills & interests required for a career in Charity

        It goes without saying that compassion, a drive to put others first and a desire to make a change are essential for those working in the charity sector.

        Other skills that you'll need include:

        • Crisis management
        • Tact
        • Diplomacy
        • Organisation Having a knowledge of politics and the wider impact of charity work on communities is also important.

        Depending on your role, a basic knowledge of economics might also be helpful.

        Graduate schemes & other typical career progression routes in Charity

        If you're looking to move from a voluntary position to a paid one, it's important to have specific knowledge about the charity you're applying to work for. You will ideally have experience volunteering there, too.

        The competition for roles in the sector is fierce. A strategic approach is important and making your unique skills clear is the best way to progress. Vagueness will only put employers off!

        Tips for getting into the field

        Work experience is essential. Try to spend as much time as possible volunteering in the areas you're interested in. Contact voluntary organisation to check if there are any opportunities available, or speak to charities directly.

        There are a large number of general, non-industry-related things you can do to put yourself in a good position to start applying for jobs within the charity sector. These include:

        • Tailoring your CV for each specific role: make sure you focus on previous experience and relevant skills
        • Applying for internships and work experience: ensure you've experienced the field before you start applying for jobs within it, it'll show you're committed and allow you to start acquiring the practical skills you'll need in your future job
        • Take on similar or related roles: at a lower level, in the holidays or whilst you apply for higher-level roles right after graduation
        • See what the top companies in the field require: start by looking for case studies from the big charities, and note what backgrounds and skills their current employees have
        • Use your contacts: university professors, those you met on work experience or during volunteering, people you can approach through social media or LinkedIn - They're all potentially the stepping stone to your next role, and they might be happy to help you
        How much can graduates earn in Charity?

        Wages in this sector tend to be lower than other areas. The average wage across the sector is £25,000.

        Average salaries for specific charity jobs, according to Pay Scale, include:

        • Charity fundraising manager: £30,351
        • Communications officer: £23,508
        • Youth worker: £20,345
        • Finance officer: £22,098
        • Care worker: £13,941
        • International aid worker: £19,000 - £25,000
        • Marketing officer: £22,266
        • PR officer: £19,000 - £28,000 Your salary is likely to rise as you progress. Salaries also vary greatly depending on your location and the size of your charity, large charities in London are likely to pay you more.
        What qualifications do I need for a career in Charity?

        Graduates from all disciplines can be well suited to a career in the charity sector, as soft skills such as communication and organisation should be provided by every degree subject.

        However, some degrees may provide you with a good grounding for this kind of work, for example::

        • **Economics
        • International development
        • Philosophy
        • Politics
        • Politics, philosophy and economics
        • Journalism** If you want to work in a specific type of charity, for example an environmental one, a degree in subjects like geography or environmental science are likely to be useful.

        Whilst there might not be specific qualifications or training for the charity sector, taking short courses can help. Management, economics, finance or public policy might give you the extra knowledge you need to progress to higher level roles.

        Read more about the Charity industry

        Third Sector
        The Charity Commission Institute of Fundraising