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Development work and regeneration

This section covers charity, development work and emergency planning. Many people who work in the charity sector will have undertaken voluntary work in the first instance.

Your next steps

If you have questions about your plans, talk to a member of our team.



Websites and key publications

Click on the links below for publications and websites that provide essential information.

About the roles within the sector 

  • CareerPlayer - watch an online video which provides an overview of the charity and not-for-profit sector 
  • Development Studies Association - has a list of postgraduate and short courses related to development studies
  • Emergency Planning Society (EPS) - professional body for those in emergency planning, crisis and disaster management. Latest news and training opportunities 
  • Institute of Fundraising (IoF) - jobs, internships and what an employer looks for in a fundraiser
  • Prospects - for a professional insight into the careers in this industry
  • Social Enterprise UK - information on social enterprises and a list of members. Social enterprises are businesses which are set up to tackle a social or environmental need - some examples include The Big Issue, The Eden Project and Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen
  • SE100 index - lists social enterprises across the UK - useful for company names and what market they work in
  • TARGETjobs - graduate information and vacancies 
  • The University of London Careers Group - gives an overview of roles and route into this sector. Useful Facebook page and blog, as well as a JobOnline Alert service (free to register)
  • - Provides information and resources to help you start or develop your career in the voluntary sector as well as a searchable jobs database. A copy of the monthly magazine is also available to read at our main office.
  • Working for a Charity - information on finding paid employment and volunteering in the sector 
  • World Service Enquiry (WSE) - information and careers advice for people who want to volunteer or work in the development sector

Employers - charities and NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations)

  • BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) - includes paid vacancies, articles from people working in the sector and a list of NGOs
  • The Charity Commission - the regulator for charities in England and Wales, with a searchable database 
  • Guidestar - includes a searchable database for charities across the country
  • NGO Voice (Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies) - a network of European non-governmental organisations active in humanitarian aid worldwide
  • RedR-UK - an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organisations across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. Has a useful section 'Become an aid worker' and information on relevant training courses
  • WANGO (World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations) - has a worldwide NGO directory and a vacancies section

Finding a job


Work experience through paid work and volunteering

  • My Career - search for internships through our online vacancy service
  • Visit the work experience section of this website for vacancies and opportunities 
  • British Council - explore the Study, Work, Create section for details of internships and volunteering overseas
  • Charityworks is a unique graduate programme for graduates in the UK. More information and an application form is available on their website
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - a global charity for research and teaching - has a page on job vacancies and internship information
  • IntoUniversity Volunteering Scheme - a scheme ran by our Widening Participation team, which offers an opportunity to work in education centres with primary and secondary school pupils. You'll be supporting academic attainment and providing mentoring support. 
  • Teaching Associate and Inspire Mentor Scheme - the opportunity to take a placement in a local primary or secondary school, providing classroom support and one-to-one mentoring. 

Related careers


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