Required skill for our career oriented programs
- Enthusiasm and dedication for your chosen charitable cause
You'll need to demonstrate that you have the passion for the charity's aims and strategic direction. Voluntary work experience of some kind will be a great way to show this.
Team-working and people skills
At university and beyond, get involved in projects or extra-curricular activities where you'll be able to show you can work in a team. Combining fundraising with working in a team will help you to stand out.
- Communication skills: oral and written
Much of a charity's work can be measured by its ability to spread an effective message. Regardless of what role you apply to, you'll need to communicate with people both within a charity and externally and so you'll need to make sure your communications are top notch. You'll be a can do person who can adapt to new situations and teams.
- Administrative and organizational skills
Like many a role, you'll need to be a natural organizer. There might be set processes that you have to follow or they'll be times where you'll be working under pressure and you'll need to make sure you've covered all the part of your work with pride.
Commercial / business awareness
Charities need money to work - and they need to employ people who have the confidence to work with budgets and funders. Someday, you could be responsible for managing hundreds of millions of pounds. At the same time, all charities have to compete with one another for certain funding - be that from a business or the government.
You'll need to be aware of what might affect a charity's ability to raise the necessary funds. For example, the credit crisis of 2008 saw an acute drop in charitable donations from both private and company donors. You'll need to be savvy as to how external factors might affect the sector.
Pro-activity and flexibility
You'll be a can-do person who can adapt to new situations and teams. You'll be someone who can happily go from working intensively at your desk one day, to assisting on a charity run at the weekend.
- Willingness to undertake routine jobs
All jobs come with the fair share of admin. We'd love to say they didn't, but it's a universal truth and due to the accountability required by many charities, it can seem that more exists in this sector.
You'll need to be someone who, from time to time, respects why certain processes are in place. Of course, you might find them frustrating, but they do exist for a reason.
Finally, in some cases, where posts may be international, a second language may be advantageous. it's worth bearing in mind that if you want to work for an international charity and potentially move abroad at some point, languages can certainly help you.