For professionals wanting to make a difference, moving to the third 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 –

Charities Commission – Lists all charities operating within the UK

Third Sector – News, jobs, events etc – 

Social Enterprise –

Graduate internships –

Find volunteering opportunities (search by cause you’re interested in and postcode) to help build your CV – and

Business in the Community – charity set up to develop links between the private and voluntary sectors and promote corporate social responsibility


Specific roles

ACEVO – Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Connects, develops and represent the third sector’s leaders

Directory of Social Change

Institute of Fundraising – the professional body for UK fundraising

Charity Comms – For communications professionals in the third sector –

Becoming a Trustee for a charity –, (London)


NFP Recruitment

Charisma Charity Recruitment

Charity Job

The Guardian

Third Sector

Jobs in Charities

UK Charity Jobs

People Unlimited – recruitment agents –

Reed –

Total Jobs –



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