Alex studied business studies at Sheffield University. Her internship was in corporate fundraising based in the community fundraising office for Cancer Research in Manchester. She is currently employed as a direct marketing assistant at Barnardo’s.
What was your motivation in applying?
I was keen to get into the charity sector but had no direct volunteering experience. The internship at Cancer Research UK was able to offer a discreet project with lots of exposure to the sector so it was a really good way of starting my career.
What did the application process involve?
My online application focused around case study questions relating to my career, life and school experience. I then had an interview going into further detail.
What did you do?
The aim of my project was to increase corporate fundraising in the North West region. This involved going into local companies and explaining how they could help us to fund raise and creating promotional materials at work initiatives.
How did you sell the experience on your CV?
I treated the volunteering placement like any other work experience, so it was the first thing employers saw when they looked at my CV. It showed great commitment to the charity sector as well as showing I could manage my own project within one of the UK’s top charities.
Did you enjoy it?
I really enjoyed the internship. There were lots of different things to do every day. I had a great mentor and training opportunities too.
What did you learn?
I gained lots of exposure to the charity sector which was really important in applying for my current role. It was also great way of seeing what the different roles in the sector are like, which has led me to my career in marketing.
Meeting such an amazing group of people in the charity and learning so much from them.
Having to take up a second job when funds got a bit too low!
What advice to readers do you have?
I think volunteering is a really good way of finding out more about job roles as well as gaining lots of new skills.