Are you a student or recent graduate looking to start or progress your career in the charity sector? Hosted by The Careers Group’s Not-for-Profit team, these webinars will give you the opportunity to put your questions direct to our panels of charity employers and pick up top tips and advice. This year our discussions will cover three key themes:
Careers in the creative sectors carry their own set of challenges. As many a struggling creative will tell you, there can be a trade-off between pursuing what you are passionate about, and securing a reliable income stream that will grow incrementally. This post is a brief case study of somebody who definitely prioritized ‘passion’ over ‘security’, and how they have made it work for them (so far!).
On November 6th, speakers from three very different non-profit organizations addressed an audience of Kings students in a basement lecture hall on the Strand campus. Ark Schools are an education charity, Charity Works provide a 12 month structured graduate scheme for graduates who want to work in charities, and Restless Development involve young people in addressing urgent social issues.
Social enterprise combines the independence and creativity that starting a business allows with a passion for making a difference. The challenge is finding a viable business idea.
I recently had a conversation with a soon-to-graduate student who was struggling to visualize where she might pursue her career. When I mentioned the non-profit sector, she shook her head emphatically. I asked why, and she said that she didn't want to be doing voluntary work - she needed to earn a proper salary.
Social enterprises are profit-driven businesses with social and environmental aims. Some of the best known social enterprises include household names like the Big Issue, Divine Chocolate and John Lewis. Have you ever had an idea for a business that could have a positive impact on your community or the wider world? Lindsey Shirah, Projects Coordinator at Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre, had a chat with James Larbi, an Aerospace Engineering undergrad at Queen Mary University of London who started his own social enterprise, Pre-ued, during his second year. Below James shares how he developed his idea and the most important lessons he’s learned along the way.
Feeling a bit stumped as to what to do next? Maybe you are at the stage of choosing what degree to do, or perhaps you are part-way through your studies and the daunting point of graduation is looming on the horizon. Fear not, help is at hand!