So, you want to work in the charity sector, but you don’t have any charity experience. It’s an age-old conundrum: experience equals job, and job equals experience, but the two don’t always quite line up.
Maybe you spent a bit time volunteering or maybe you were politically active back in your uni days—that’s a good start. But sometimes it not quite enough to land you that dream role. When you’re going head-to-head against someone with just a bit more sector knowledge, your unbridled enthusiasm may not be enough.
Let’s face it, changing the world is hard. It needs more than commitment and passion; it needs highly trained, skilled people.
The trick lies in learning about the sector from the outside, so when it comes down to it, you’re up-to-speed and ready to jump headfirst into your new job. That’s why we caught up with Charity Fast-Track who discuss how their Foundation Program can help you take those first steps into a charity role.
Let’s take a closer look.
There is a clear and growing need in the charity sector to access and support a more diverse group of talented, ambitious people—people who understand the complexities of working in a charity and can illustrate how their skills will support the charity’s mission.
What the charity sector is learning is that it needs outside perspectives. People from other sectors bring new ways of thinking, they inspire change. And they can help drive an organisation forward simply by looking at it as an ‘outsider’, removing any inherent bias that comes from working closely with the cause.
Since 2015, we at Charity Fast-Track has been working with people looking to break into the charity sector and build careers with meaning. We equip you with the practical know-how and skills that accelerate you into your next career. And, as charity professionals, we know that the best talent doesn’t always come from within the sector.
That’s why we launched Charity Fast-Track: Foundation. Curated by experts from across the sector, the course is 12 weeks long, with five core modules designed to help you land your first charity job or advance in your charity career.
And the best part? It’s almost entirely done online, which means you can fit your studies around your lifestyle. But don’t worry, you’ll still get the chance to network and meet your classmates at our one-day Bootcamp at the launch of the course. It is suitable for those looking for their first charity sector job, career changers, or those already in the sector who want to build their skills and experience.
What you’ll learn on the Foundation course:
By focusing on how social impact organisations do what they do, we provide a comprehensive grounding in the profession of charity.
Of course, you’ll want to be able to put this new knowledge into practice. That’s why a fundraising challenge is at the heart of the program, allowing you to take everything you studied and apply it in a truly hands-on way. Working with our partners at Child.org, you’ll lead a team of volunteers to raise vital funds so that they can continue to change and save the lives of children in Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Through this, you’ll showcase practical skills in volunteer management, charity communication and project design. You’ll have a record of creating social impact on your CV, and have a great time doing it.
Ready to break free of the dreaded ‘lack of experience’ loop? Find out why over 350 people have chosen to study with Charity Fast-Track and find out if it’s the right path for you.
We’re excited to welcome you on board.
Richard Wall helps run Charity Fast-Track, a program for career shifters looking to enter the charity sector. Since 2015 they've been helping talented people find meaningful careers. Outside of work, he eats, plays with his dog and talks nonsense.