On a daily basis we hear stories in the news of unemployment figures, the job market and people being miserable in work. And to top it off, there’s hardly ever any good news regarding the economy.
Many young adults will be stuck for ideas once they’ve graduated, after tweaking their CV to perfection and having countless job offers so what’s next? How do you overcome all the bad news? Any graduate from any University, from any academic discipline, can benefit from carrying out some charity work. The graduate market is tough, it’s a great time to get involved in this field.
Working within a charity has so many advantages, five is being tight:
You’ll meet some fantastic people – There are so many different charities out there, you really can afford to be picky with the charity you want to get involved with. Do some research and see what interests you. Chances are, you’ll have a lot in common with your new charity colleagues. Hopefully, you’ll make new friends for life, and feel great giving back to the wider community with them.
It’s a sense of purpose – You will genuinely feel like you’re doing something good when you’re working for a charity, in whatever role you’re allocated/decide to take on. As I’m sure you’re well aware, many people love to have a moan. I’m sure you get irritated seeing the pointless status’ on social media channels. You’ll hopefully stop your petty moaning once you’ve been exposed to some of the problems you see when you work for a charity.
Everyone has a skill they can offer. Whether you’re great with numbers, great with people, or great at sales/ fundraising – any skill is a MASSIVE asset for a charity!
It’s fun and challenging – You get to utilise your skills, learn new ones very quickly – depending on the charity you work for. If you work for a really small organisation, then it’s a classic case of ‘a big fish, in a small pond’, which means you’ll be given a lot more responsibility and opportunity, than you might be if you worked for a huge multi-national charity. There’s no right or wrong whether you want to work for a small or large charity.
At the end of the day, charities still need to make money to stay afloat, but it’s different than working in a for-profit-company. It might be physically, and mentally draining working for a charity, but it’s all worth it when you see the end product.
Flexibility – There are a lot of different options; part-time, full time, paid, unpaid. You can be as flexible as you want. Most charities act globally – you could volunteer whilst you’re travelling, which many do! Whilst volunteering for any given charity, you might get the opportunity to visit other branches of the charity around the world – what a fantastic opportunity!
Could lead to a full time, paid career – This could happen for a whole host of reasons a potential future employer might have a strong connection with the charity you volunteered/volunteer for. The charity you volunteer at might be so impressed, that they offer you a full time paid contract within the charity. There are so many ways this could happen.
If you’re good at marketing – try and get involved in the social media side of the charity, or help run a marketing campaign. If you want to break into finance and banking – ask if you can work in the accounts department – you get the idea, there are so many transferable skills!
It’s not all about being on the streets asking people to donate. The charity sector has so much more to offer than that, and so do you.