The Best Opportunities in the Charity Sector

In Bright Network's research with Universum this year, Bright members said that 'Charity and NGO' was the fifth top preferred sector to work in. Other findings suggested that Bright Network members’ fourth top career goal was 'to be dedicated to a cause or to feel that I am serving the greater good’.

I knew what my job was, it was to go out and meet the people and love them - Princess Diana 

With this in mind, Bright Network brings you some of the best opportunities in this sector.

Cancer Research

Cancer Research’s graduate scheme was recently voted number 56 in the Times Top 100 graduate employer league table. 

Cancer Research’s graduate scheme was recently voted number 56 in the Times Top 100 graduate employer league table. The two year-long graduate scheme includes four six-month placements and is an inspiring and innovative place to work where their all-time goal is to ‘accelerate progress and see three in four people survive cancer within the next 20 years’. The graduate scheme itself allows you to select your specialism once you start – your field of discipline could take shape in any of the following options; Fundraising, Scientific strategy, Funding Policy, HR, Finance or IT. Applications for CRUK are open now with a starting date of September 2015. The starting salary is £24,000k/year and includes excellent benefits. Find out more about the scheme and apply here today

Frontline

The job is exciting, emotional and tough but infinitely and immeasurably rewarding.

Apply to work with Frontline, an organisation offering graduates a real career helping to transform lives of vulnerable children in the inner city, working in one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. Their two-year programme offers individuals an excellent route into challenging children’s social work. Benefits include an array of intensive practical and academic training which will allow you to delve into life as an MA qualified children’s social worker. If you think you have what it takes to inspire and persuade able to bring out the best in diverse social groups, apply (very) soon to Frontline’s leadership development programme.

Frontline offers you an opportunity to really make a difference and change the lives of others for the better. The job is exciting, emotional and tough but infinitely and immeasurably rewarding. Applications close on Friday 21st November so make sure you apply soon! Find out more here.

On Purpose

On Purpose is focused towards graduates and professionals with at least two years’ experience. They solve problems a different way. They believe that there is a better way of doing business, which inevitably can help solve some of society’s most widespread problems. They work alongside some extraordinary professionals from early in their career in order to grow and expand the next generation of social enterprise leaders who can harness the power of business for good. They provide their Associates with valued experience, skills, knowledge and networks in order that they may make the most of their career and develop as future leaders in the social enterprise space.

Teach First

Teach First's vision is of a society where no child’s educational achievement is restricted by an income.

Teach First believes that ‘every child has the right to an excellent education’. Their vision is of a society where no child’s educational achievement is restricted by an income. They have worked for the last 12 years to help play a part in altering the lives of thousands of young people. Their graduate programme offers you the chance to step up to real responsibility and make a direct impact to change lives in society. You will receive intense training which will lead to a PGCE qualification and you will have the opportunity to do an MA. Teach First’s values include; collaboration, commitment, excellence, integrity and leadership. If you think you have what it takes – apply here today. Teach First recruit on a rolling basis.

Great opportunities

These opportunities are extremely sought after and offer a fantastic stepping stone into a full time career within the charity sector. Make sure you get your application in early and get on track to achieving your preferred career path. It will be sure to be and adventure - packed full of learning, challenges quite different to any other job and it offers the chance to work in a job where you will feel rewarded. Make a difference.

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