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Charities & NGOs week

Are you interested in working for the charities and not for profit sector? Unsure what roles there are and where to start?

25-29 January 2021

Interested in a career that makes a difference?
Getting into Charities and NGOs can be competitive, but you can find success by learning from leading organisations and professionals. Their experiences will show you what this sector is really like and how to find a route into a fulfilling career.

Join us for a week of virtual panel sessions, workshops and case studies.

If you haven't attended events organised by UCL Careers before, we strongly recommend you read through our Themed Weeks page for information on what to expect, how to prepare and how to book.

Events can be extremely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Watch event recordings in our Themed Week archive. These include complete panel discussions and in-depth interviews with experts.


Creating Social Purpose – How UCL Can Support You 

Tuesday 26 January, 12.30-2pm

Do you want to give back to society?  Perhaps you’re thinking of volunteering?  Or you want to do some social good, such as creating a social enterprise e.g. providing opportunity to under-privileged children?   

This event will help you on that journey! Learn how you can start being part of something bigger than yourself. With Oliver Peachey (UCL Volunteering Students’ Union) and Jivko Hristov (UCL Innovation & Enterprise) you will hear stories of student successes as well as learn: 

  • How UCL can support you. 
  • How to turn your ideas into actions. 
  • How you’ll not only be helping society but also helping your career. 

This workshop style event will provide opportunities to ask those burning questions you might have had relating to creating social purpose or social enterprise. 

View event details and book your place


Getting into Charities & NGOs

Wednesday 27 January, 12.30-2pm

At this panel event, you will hear from recent UCL graduates and experienced professionals working in the Charity and NGO sectors about their career to date and gain top tips on how to get a foot in the door.

From volunteering to internships, gaining experience can give you the edge when applying for graduate roles.

Including speakers from The National TrustAmbitious about AutismLeonard Cheshire, Save the ChildrenBreaking Barriers and Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN).

The panellist talks will be followed by a Q&A session.

Click here for speaker bios

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Behind the Scenes Roles in Charities & NGOs

Thursday 28 January, 6-7.30pm

Would you like to discover more about the work that goes on behind the scenes in charities and NGOs? Are you keen to understand what it is like to work in marketing, communications, fundraising, or IT for a charity? Or maybe you are interested in how charities are run and would like to gain some insight from the CEO of a charity.

Come to our panel event where you can learn about these roles directly from the people doing them and gain tips on how to get a foot in the door.

Featuring guests from: Save the Children InternationalUnicef UKBritish Heart FoundationWWF-UKMindOut, and The Royal Naval Association.

The panellist talks will be followed by a Q&A session.

Click here for speaker bios

View event details and book your place


Starting a Charity

We interviewed Gabby Edlin, former UoL student and founder & CEO of Bloody Good Period to find out what the charity is, why she decided to create it and what she enjoys and finds the most challenging.

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UCL Case Studies

Ever wondered what it’s like to complete a volunteering or work experience placement in a Charity or NGO?

Current UCL students and recent graduates share their experiences and offer tips on how to make the most of your skills and interests whilst also gaining some invaluable experience.

We heard from Sam, a UCL student who volunteered with Age UK

Read about Sam's experience of volunteering with Age UK

Watch our interview with Julia, a UCL student who volunteered with CREW Energy; and download the full transcript on Mediacentral

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Watch our interview with Minna, a UCL student who volunteered with Alsama Project; and download the full transcript on Mediacentral

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Watch our interview with Hannah, a UCL student who volunteered and worked for BEAT; and download the full transcript on Mediacentral

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Watch our interview with Mayra, a UCL student who completed an internship with MarAlliance; and download the full transcript on Mediacentral

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Watch our interview with Victoria, a UCL student who is currently completing an internship with Body & Soul; and download the full transcript on Mediacentral

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