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An Insider’s Story – Working in the third sector (charitable organisations)

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Voluntary sector is easy pickings

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I work in the third sector at an innovative Children’s Charity that caters for those from challenging backgrounds. I head a department called Positive Experiences for Young People. Working in a team; together we awaken aspiration to help a young person to realise their full potential by leveraging a plethora of opportunities to ensure they can experience and move towards a career that they are passionate about. Our gateways are through work experiences, internships, shadowing, confidence building, higher education and volunteer trips in the UK and overseas.  It’s a fast-paced, dynamic, rewarding environment and no two days are ever the same.

I got this role after reading about the charity in the national news. The article moved me so much that I was compelled to write to the founder outlining my background, my current skill-set and what I felt I could offer the organisation. After spending ten years in marketing, I have been fortunate and resourceful enough to be able to transfer my skills to a sector that is equally creative; only this time around, the young people are the clients.

If you are thinking about joining the third sector, then in order to thrive I would recommend a cause that you are passionate about because it’s not about the money. Take some time to do some research, volunteer (in any capacity) and get a feel for where you think you could add value. Don’t be afraid to make a speculative enquiry, you may be able to offer something that they hadn’t thought about. If you know somebody that already works there, then ask to meet them for a coffee, they may be able to offer ideas and most people in the third sector love to help! If the charity you want to work for does not have a recruitment budget, then be bold, there are many organisations that may be able to fund your role.

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Written by getrealvideo

December 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

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