There are many ways in which you can make a meaningful difference to the wider world, from working directly for a charity or public sector organisation, to advocating for a cause that interests you, or promoting social justice in your workplace. Social Impact week is designed to help you explore your options in this field of work.
We’ll be running a range of introductory workshops which will give you an idea of what kinds of job roles are available, where to look for opportunities, and how to give yourself the best chance of securing a role.
If you are thinking about a career that makes a difference but don’t know where to start here are some ideas that might help. Researching the relevant sectors is a good place to start. Think about what you are passionate about - is there a particular cause or client group that interests you? What sort of intervention do you want to have – is it working with clients directly, writing strategies, campaigning or fundraising. Also think about who you want to work for and remember that the big names get big numbers of applications so try to think beyond the obvious.
You also need to work out what you have to offer an employer. Consider which roles might be a good fit for your academic background, experience and skills. In trying to get a foot in the door think about any specialist or technical experience you have such as finance, IT or digital skills. Administrative skills can also be really useful for entry level roles.
Demonstrating a commitment to the sector is also really important and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to secure a graduate position without having relevant some experience. This is often acquired through volunteering in the first instance. It should be relatively easy to find opportunities to get involved in fundraising, campaigning or social media activities. Volunteering is also a great way to test out what interests you and what you enjoy doing as well as an opportunity to make contacts.
Many jobs in this sector are gained through making contacts, and people who work in the sector are generally happy to share their thoughts and experience. Network as much as possible by getting involved in student societies, as well as attending external events and conferences. Creating a LinkedIn profile can be really helpful for connecting with people and groups that interest you. Contacting people directly who have written web articles or given talk can also be a way of extending your network.
Browse the latest volunteering roles on MyJobsOnline.
Explore careers working in charities | 29 Oct | 13:00 – 14:00
Do you want to make a difference by working in the charity sector? How can you prove your commitment?
The not-for-profit sector offers a range of opportunities for graduates, but very few in the form of typical ‘graduate schemes’.
This session outlines common roles available, where to find them and how to gain the experience and skills you need to be taken seriously by recruiters. Articulating your motivation is key to making a good impression and you’ll leave with some tops tips about how to get your message across. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Working in government or social policy can be a great way to use skills from your degree, with the potential to make a real difference to society. But what kinds of roles exist, and how do you figure out where to start when it comes to find what’s right for you? In this session we'll give an overview of different opportunities available, strategies to research them more effectively and what to do next if you're keen to pursue a career in this field. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Explore careers working in teaching | 31 Oct | 13:00 – 14:00
Working in education is always a really popular option for Reading graduates, and there are opportunities to train to teach from a wide range of subject backgrounds. In this session the Institute of Education will explain the University and School led teacher training routes for primary and secondary schools. They will also cover bursaries and grants available, what to do next if you're keen to pursue teacher training and tips on writing a strong personal statement for your teacher training application. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Volunteering drop-in with RVA | 31 Oct | 12-3pm
Are you looking to find some volunteering experience in and around the Reading area? Come along to this drop-in session to meet with a member of the Reading Voluntary Action team who will help match your skills to one of the many opportunities that they have on offer. RVA promotes strength within Reading’s voluntary and community sector by providing information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations.
Sign up for your drop-in slot via MyJobsOnline: BOOK YOUR PLACE
Working for the UK Civil Service | 02 Nov | 1-2pm
Have you begun to think about where you would like to be when you finish University? Job? More studying? Travelling? How about the heart of the Civil Service, helping to define government policy, lead work on EU Exit and shape the society we live in?
The Civil Service Fast Stream offers the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of roles. You will undertake placements in different departments, from the Cabinet Office to the Department of International Trade, among others. Whatever your background, subject area or geographical location – the Civil Service wants you to apply. The Civil Service employs more than 400,000 people around the UK, and it is important that it is representative of our society.
Though the Fast Stream application window closes on 25 October, come along to this session to find out more about the other ways that you can get involved in the Civil Service, including summer internships, graduate internships for recent graduates and one-off job opportunities in the Civil Service. We’ll also cover the competency-based application and assessment processes used by Civil Service recruiters, and how you can prepare for these.This session will be delivered by your Reading Fast Stream Ambassadors (current Fast Streamers) who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. BOOK YOUR PLACE.