Working in the third sector

The workforce in the charitable sector has shot up 24% in the last year. For anyone wanting to make a difference, the sector can be a very attractive career option.

If you're thinking about moving from the private sector, having a career change, or simply want to get more involved in volunteering to improve your skills at the same time as giving back, the following resources are a useful place in which to research your options.

There's also information on how to get your current employer more involved in the community, and how to start your own ethical business or learn about social enterprise.

Useful websites

National Council for Voluntary Organisations - Represents the 7000 organising 281,000 staff and 13 million volunteers News, jobs, training, discussion boards etc - www.ncvo-vol.org.uk

Third Sector - News, jobs, events etc - www.thirdsector.org . Also available as a magazine.

Ethical Careers - www.ethicalcareers.org

Social Enterprise - www.socialenterprise.org.uk

Graduate internships - http://www.charity-works.co.uk/

Vodaphone World of Difference programme - Scheme which pays charities £2500 for a two month placement to a UK based charity www.vodaphone.co.uk/worldofdifference. See also WorldWide Volunteering wwv.org.uk

Central place to find volunteering opportunities (search by cause you're interested in and postcode) to help build your CV - www.do-it.org.uk

Business in the Community - charity set up to develop links between the private and voluntary sectors and promote corporate social responsibility www.bitc.org.uk

Specific roles

ACEVO - Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Connects, develops and represent the third sector's leaders www.acevo.org.uk/

Directory of Social Change www.dsc.org.uk

Charity Finance Directors - news, networking, best practice and training for members in accounting, taxation, audit and other finance related functions www.cfdg.org.uk/cfdg/cfdg.asp

Institute of Fundraising - the professional body for UK fundraising www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/

Charity Comms - For communications professionals in the third sector - http://charitycomms.org.uk/

Becoming a Trustee for a charity - www.getonboard.org.uk/

NFP Recruitment

Charisma Charity Recruitment www.charismacharityrecruitment.co.uk

Charity Job www.charityjob.co.uk

The Guardian http://jobs.guardian.co.uk

Third Sector http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk

Jobs in Charities www.jobsincharities.co.uk

Voluntary Sector Jobs www.voluntarysectorjobs.co.uk

People Unlimited - recruitment agents - http://www.charitypeople.co.uk/

They also run the largest recruitment fair for the not for profit sector www.forum3.co.uk - next one: 24/25 Sept 2010

Reed - www.reed.co.uk

Total Jobs - www.totaljobs.co.uk

Help the Hospices - www.helpthehospices.org.uk

Publications - Directories and Career Advice

Voluntary Agencies Directory published by the UK Voluntary Sector Workforce £35 - list of 2000 organisations www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0719916631?ie=UTF8&tag=seheuk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0719916631

Ethical Career Guide: Your Definitive Guide to Careers with a Conscience. By New Internationalist Publications Ltd £6. Available from Amazon or www.ethicalcareers.org

Working for a Better World by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations £5. Available at www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/advice-support/people-hr-employment/working-charity

Your Ethical Business: How to Plan, Start and Succeed in a Company with a Conscience. By Paul Allen www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Ethical-Business-Succeed-Conscience/dp/0955369509