My story so far: Carron Mann got her charity skills from the NHS

The policy manager at Women for Women International says it was good preparation for working in the sector

Carron Mann
Carron Mann

I jumped up and down in a stairwell when I heard that I had got a policy assistant role at Amnesty International in 2010. I had been desperate to work in the field of human rights, and entry-level positions are so hard to come by.

I have a degree in international relations and taught in China for six months before doing an MA in conflict, development and security. After graduating in September 2008, I moved to London to give myself a better chance of getting a job in the sector. I got a job temping as a programme manager for the NHS while I applied for positions. It is assumed that you need to do a charity internship to break into the sector, so I saved up and took a month out to work at EveryChild and gain experience of child rights.

I worked for the NHS for more than a year and it gave me many of the skills I needed for the Amnesty job. It was great finally to work in an area I was passionate about. I got the opportunity to work in Kenya for four months and was promoted to the role of policy coordinator.

Unfortunately, Amnesty was restructuring – I anticipated that I would be made redundant, so I applied for another job. I got the policy manager position at Women for Women International in July 2013.

It gave me a step up into a managerial role, and working for a smaller organisation has enabled me to gain wider experience and have lots of input. I'm involved in exciting projects and won't be leaving any time soon.

Carron Mann is policy manager at Women for Women International

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

When a property is being constructed, VAT is charged at the standard rate. But if you're a charity, health body, educational institution, housing association or finance house, the work may well fall into a category that justifies zero-rating - and you could make a massive saving

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now