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for being good
paid positions. Paid roles, especially
technical and executive jobs, often
require a degree or formal qualification
in the relevant field. For more
junior roles, or volunteer positions,
commitment, enthusiasm and an
interest in the issues may be enough
to you get your foot in the door.
While many work for charities
because they want a worthwhile career,
it's a myth that roles within charitable
organisations are poorly paid.
Generally, salaries are competitive,
especially for those in senior positions.
Another valid reason to go into
this sector is that charities have a
reputation for being good employers,
and consequently have high staffretention rates. Many companies
also offer flexible-working options
and good opportunities for career
development and further training.
The skills you'll need will depend
on which area you go into but, in
general, you need to be hard-working,
dedicated and proactive, with excellent
communication and organisation
skills. If you're savvy with social
media, that's a huge plus - the charity
industry benefits greatly from social
media platforms as they enable
fast, effective targeting of potential
donors, volunteers and contributors
for fundraising and campaigns.
VARIETY OF ROLES
There are many charities doing
valuable work raising funds and
awareness in specific areas, such as
the RSPCA. Other charities, such
as Children in Need, concentrate
on raising funds which are then
given to other charities to spend.
Many charities derive income from
sponsorship, trusts, benefactors and
fundraising. Bid writing, where you
put together the proposals asking
for funding, is an important role.
You can specialise in many fields,
including administrative, advisory,
campaigning and lobbying, financial
management, fundraising, policies,
public relations and branding.
Here are a few examples in more
detail to help you to decide if working
for a charity would suit you.
Public relations and marketing
This is an important part of any
organisation, and even more so for
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