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:
Written by Cal Brindley
Last month I attended the Museums and Galleries Industry panel at Goldsmiths. Amongst the speakers were:
Tim Corum, Director, Curatorial and Public Engagement, Horniman
Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection Trust
Katherine Moulds, Assistant Collections and Loans Registrar at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Students attending heard each of the speakers discuss their current roles and the path they took to get there; they were then able to chat with them informally over refreshments afterwards.
Some of the key themes that kept coming up over and over again were:
- Be flexible: being able to move around different organisations as well as to different parts of the country will enable you to try out a variety of roles to find out what area suits you
- Have an understanding of the role and organisation: do your research!
- Importance of varied work experience: never underestimate the value of temping jobs which enable you to develop a wide variety of skills
- Network: keeping in contact with people is a great way to stay up-to-date with the business and the industry as a whole. If they can't offer you anything at the moment, is there anyone else they could recommend you speak to?
Skills and traits that are especially valuable are:
- organisational skills
- a desire for public service/community focus
- multi-tasking; and
- having a “can do” attitude - you may be asked to step in to another role - don’t worry about your lack of experience, if you show enthusiasm, you never know where this will lead.
Our speakers said it can be hard to get into the public sector without an MA although it’s certainly not impossible.
There were a couple of interesting points that cropped up in the Q&A afterwards:
Does a focus on contemporary and Modern art make a difference to employment opportunities in the sector?
A: While it is important to have a good grounding in more traditional areas, it is not necessarily a disadvantage. There is a deep interest in practice, as well as theory, and contemporary knowledge is valued. It is beneficial to have specialist knowledge, however it is also important to be willing to get to know more about a range of fields.
How should you approach getting a job at the end of your internship?
A: Be direct, it is important to let the place that you have been working know that you are interested in staying. Maintain contact and stay on good terms with your employers. Even if they don’t have a job available at that point they may later. If you are on good terms with the employer you could also ask for a recommendation, which could help you find another role.
Search for roles in this sector here: http://bit.ly/1Id1Lyd
Museums Associations website http://www.museumsassociation.org/home
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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!).
We've a bit of an exotic, international flavour to our jobs this week. Whether you're interested in changing the world, studying the world or just working in a beautiful part of the world there's something for you amongst our 3,027 vacancies on JobOnline.
Here are our picks for this week:
- Personal Assistant to the Charge D'Affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Haiti,
- Production Specialist – Blueberry, Driscoll's,
- Project Assistant, Isles of Scilly, RSPB,
- Internship: Creative Producer, Disney Channels, Disney,
- Graduate Internship - Learning and Participation (Music), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance,
- Design Engineer - Postgraduate Placement, RNLI,
- Postdoctoral Researcher in Rock Physics, National Oceanography Centre,
- Graduate /Trainee Lecturer Scheme, Newham College,
- Operations Graduate Programme, Warburtons Ltd,
- Education Co-ordinator, River & Rowing Museum,
- Digital Internship – Vogue, Condé Nast,
- Researcher on Children's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch,
Thousands more jobs can be found on JobOnline.
If you’re reading this blog post there’s a strong chance that you’re a child of the social media generation, with the likes of Facebook and Twitter a daily presence in your life. But while it’s clear that a career in marketing is one of the more popular desired career paths for students, many still don’t realise that there are an ever-increasing amount of roles focusing on social media available to recent graduates. Where once responsibility for managing social media accounts would fall to a Marketing Officer, companies are increasingly recognising the importance of social media and creating specialist positions to co-ordinate this, such as Social Media Officer and Digital Campaigns Officer.
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.
The National Citzen Service is the UK based version of the International Citizen Service (blogged about regularly on these pages). While the National programme itself is for 16 and 17 year olds there are PAID opportunities available in the summer of 2015 to help deliver the UK programme. This could be working as a mentor, running workshops on different areas of expertise or helping at outward bound projects.
Many thanks to Tuva Johansson for writing this blog post about her current role volunteering in Mumbai. I always like to include the first hand alumni experiences in this blog so if you are reading this and think you have something interesting to share( it may be an internship, a job or any related experiences), please do get in touch.
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.