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If you’re a person who wants to use your skills to help others, then a job in the charity sector could be right for you.
Charities are non-profit organisations, often with more autonomy than other organisations, relying on the commitment and direction of their core workforce. This means employees in the sector have a chance to really get involved and make a positive difference.
There are around 169,000 charities in the UK, with more than 600,000 workers and countless volunteers. Graduates make up more than a third of the charity workforce, meaning it’s a young, diverse and fun sector to work in.
As charities cover a wide range of purposes, you can choose to work in one that appeals to your particular interests. If you’re particularly interested in conservation and nature, for example, you could potentially 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 charities 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.