Expert careers advice for sector professionals looking to improve job prospects or develop careers with their current employers

Where are the career opportunities in 2014?

David Gold, chief executive of sector recruitment firm Prospectus, assesses which roles are in greatest demand among charity employers at the moment

David Gold

Recruitment Extra

'Someone I know' is not good enough any more

'Someone I know' is not good enough any more

Experts say it takes planning and honesty with potential candidates if you want to recruit diverse trustees with a good balance of skills. Patrick McCurry canvasses opinion on how to broaden your board

Keith Mogford, chief executive of Skills - Third Sector

Do apprenticeships help people into work?

Keith Mogford, chief executive of the agency Skills - Third Sector, has developed apprenticeship frameworks to give people a start in volunteer management, fundraising and campaigning. There have been mixed results, as Sophie Hudson finds out

Zero-hours contracts

Charities adopt the zero-hours contract

Employers that give zero-hours contracts to some of their staff have faced criticism - but many argue that such contracts are not always as bad as they might first appear. Patrick McCurry investigates


Careers Guide


Careers Guide: DIY third sector

Instead of joining the voluntary sector by getting a job, a number of people are doing it by founding their own social enterprises. Alex Blyth meets the start-ups

Tony Armstrong

Careers Guide: The sector-swappers

Many charities have seen the recession as a chance to woo staff from the private and public sectors. But what is it like to cross the boundaries? Emily Ford speaks to Tony Armstrong and two others who have moved into the voluntary sector

Careers Guide: What I wish I had known then...

Careers Guide: What I wish I had known then...

Managing upwards, money worries, qualifications: 10 experienced sector professionals tell Alex Blyth what people starting a charity career should know


Career Ladder

Jessica Dash

Career Ladder: Jessica Dash of the Royal Parks Foundation

The head of development at the charity talks about her career so far


In Depth

Laurence O'Neill

Avoiding employee alienation during maternity leave

Employment specialist Laurence O'Neill looks at best practice for employers in the third sector when communicating with employees on maternity leave and volunteers having children

Craig Dearden-Phillips

Craig Dearden-Phillips: It's a nightmare finding good staff

Our columnist says the third sector tends to carry a lot of people who are bright, creative or very nice - but don't actually contribute very much


My Week

My Week: Dennis Treleaven schmoozes with seafaring royalty

The director of grants and external operations at Seafarers UK recounts his week


My Week: Clare Algar leads a dialogue on humanitarian action

The executive director of Reprieve, the charity that works on death penalty cases and tackles human rights abuses, recounts her week


My Week: Brenda Kelly totes a giant cheque in the name of sport

The Northern Ireland manager for Sported, the sporting legacy charity of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, recounts her week


My Week: Angie Morris shows the youngsters her sails technique

The commanding officer of the TS Royalist, operated by youth charity Sea Cadets, recounts her week


My Week: Deirdra Taylor wants blood - and a slice of cake

The director of communications and donor relations at Delete Blood Cancer UK recounts her week


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