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  • 1. Careers & Employability Centre Finding First Steps in Development, Charities, Not-for-Profit
  • 2. • get relevant experience • find vacancies • build your professional network and present yourself effectively • identify appropriate next steps for you In this session you will find out how to:
  • 3. Where are you now • What have you discovered so far in your career exploration? • What did you learn at the Make it Happen event? • In pairs/ groups…….
  • 4. Key points • You may not have a definite idea about what comes next & that’s OK. Many of the speakers gained clarity as they built experience! • Development, NGO & Charity career paths will evolve & are generally non-linear. • Make the most of any experience you can get. • Volunteering is a great way to build experience & do as much as you can now! • Build & use your networks • Stay positive and be patient!
  • 5. 1. Be sure it’s what you want. 2. Be sure it wants you. 3. Does it fit with your aspirations? 4. Know how you want contribute. 5. Build the right skills, qualifications & interests. 6. Be prepared to work for nothing. 7. Build your CV. 8. Don’t give up. 9. Have a plan (but be prepared to change it!) 10.When you get the break…make an impact! David Bull Executive Director UNICEF UK
  • 6. What next? What could your next steps be?
  • 7. What next? • Reflect on your skills • Research the sector & your options • Network • Build your experience • Search for vacancies • Write a CV
  • 8. Reflect on your skills, interests, motivations We have tools on our website & hand outs in the centre to help with this process! ‘Profiling for success’ career interests tool could help!
  • 9. Research the sector and your options
  • 10. Build your network Build your network
  • 11. Build your network Making new contacts • Sussex Alumni Careers Network • contact details from the vacancy advert. • names in journals, magazines, reports, the press, twitter. • specialist directories. • prepare your elevator pitch!
  • 12. Build your experience - Volunteer (e.g. Project V) - Get involved while you are at Sussex (campaigning, societies, local action groups) - Develop useful skills - Information interviewing, work shadowing, work experience, internships - Paid work- entry level positions - Graduate roles (e.g. Charity Works – graduate scheme)
  • 13. Current interesting opportunities on - Recycling Project Internship , Roses are Rubbish - Education Internship, UNICEF China - Professional Placement (Citizenship), Nationwide - Professional Placement (Education Assistant), Countryside Education Trust - Blog Contributor - Development in Action - Programme Associate - One Acre Fund - 12 Week Graduate Internship - SKIP Find sector specific vacancies on sector guides
  • 14. Write a CV
  • 15. Taking action How are you going to move forward now? • Make an action plan • What are your goals • Add some dates How will you know you have made progress?
  • 16. Careers & Employability Centre Support • Workshops – daily events, weekly programme • Short interview with a careers adviser: Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm and Wed ‘til 7pm • Vacancies – part time, work experience, internships, graduate jobs