Want to help the disadvantaged? Read on to find out more...
There are thousands of charities in the UK, employing well over half a million people full-time, so there are by no means a shortage of opportunities. Most charities also operate with any number of volunteers who work for free – this might be a good place to start if there is a specific charity you would like to work for.
These are all mainstream, well-known charities but there are also scores of smaller organisations that will be looking for willing employees.
Raising awareness of the charity in the hope that more people donate to it is vital, and this can come in the form of PR and marketing, representing the organisation at events, organising major large-scale fundraisers or liaising with benefactors who will be making substantial donations.
Depending on the charity, lobbyists may also play an important role in influencing policies to bring change for the better. There may also be roles for researchers, lawyers and campaigners.
Then there are all the jobs that every company, business or organisation requires, from IT and accounts to HR, office management and admin.
The majority of people start out in the charity sector by doing voluntary work or work experience or internships. These are free or paid roles for a given period, which you must apply for like a normal job.
There is no guarantee you will receive a job at the end however, the experience gained should boost your prospects of funding permanent paid work elsewhere in the sector.
- Experience. The experience you gain in charity work can be applied to non-charity companies so you will be perfectly employable if you decide to move over.
- Job perks. Depending on the type of charity sector you choose there could be a lot of room for travel. International development organisations work tirelessly overseas in poorer countries, helping alleviate the impact of famine, disease and natural disasters, and many social charities aim to help disadvantaged sections of society such as orphans, women and the elderly.
- The warm glow of doing good. You get a lot more from working in the charity sector than just a job. The knowledge that you’ve helped someone or something and are making a difference in the world can be highly rewarding.