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Responsibility:
3.4/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4.2/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.9/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3/5
 
Company Culture:
4.3/5
 
Career Progression:
3.2/5
 
Colleagues:
4.3/5
 
Training:
3.1/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Meet lots of different people from different teams and get to know what other people do in the charity.
Everyone is really committed, work hard and friendly/ happy to help.
Work is really interesting and relevant to external environment (policy work and healthcare system interactions).
You get the chance to take part in extra charity work e.g. bucket collecting, helping at fundraising events, staff fundraising.

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Average end time: 17:00

Average number of working hours: 8

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Application Advice:

Link questions to the charity and be aware of wider fundraising environment (GDPR/Opt-in, Disintermediation etc.).

Interview Advice:

Link your answers to the role/scheme you are applying for and show what it is that makes you stand out.

Questions around interesting fundraising product, challenges to fundraising.

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be aware of the issues affecting the charity sector.
Demonstrate your skills with examples (especially extra-curricular).

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.
Be professional and punctual.

Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Use recent examples. Show that you know about what CRUK does, specifically the department that you're applying for. e.g. recent campaigns, recent policy work.

Interview Advice:

Use STAR, know your stuff about CRUK, be passionate, show how you can cope with change and uncertainty.

Policy and Information Graduate Trainee, Policy, Information and Communications at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Make sure to tailor your application to display that you've done research, both about the charity sector and a broader industry knowledge of the stream you are applying for, whether that is fundraising and marketing, technology or scientific research.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and open about your strengths and be prepared to talk about how you plan to work on your areas for improvement. They want to see people who are eager to learn and have potential to grow rather than people who are already completely polished.

Digital Producer, Technology at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Be true to your beliefs and give honest answers not answers you think they want.

Research Manager, DRRC at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Find lots of different examples from your life and experience to show your skill set through your application. I would try to learn from each stage of the recruitment process.

Interview Advice:

Research the charity sector and CRUK, current issues that are facing both and how we are or can tackle these in the future. Have some ideas for yourself on these topics as you may be asked to think creatively on any of these issues. Prepare for any regular questions e.g. give an example of a time you showed initiative.

Business Development, Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Read up on the organisation and the sector, be yourself and practice your STAR examples.

Interview Advice:

In presentation keep to allotted time.

Graduate Trainee, Multiple (currently Corporate Partnerships) at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, explain what you learnt from your various experiences, they care more about the way you think and your potential than what you have actually achieved so try and demonstrate this.

Graduate Trainee, Research & Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate how you can adapt and show initiative in different situations. Demonstrate that you're motivated by Cancer Research UK's ambitions.

Graduate Trainee, Research and Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

They want people who care about the cause with personality and flair. Make sure you demonstrate your individuality and passion about beating cancer.

Interview Advice:

I didn't need to know the answers to the questions, more about how I reasoned and thought about my answers.

Project Officer, Information Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, understand the charities values and overall objective of beating cancer sooner.

Interview Advice:

Research the current affairs/technical understanding of the particular area you're applying to work in. Be friendly and passionate.

Finance Analyst, Financial Control at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Research the latest work of CRUK and understand what the future looks like for the stream you're applying to.

Interview Advice:

Something I've said to applicants before is to not get flustered with trying to think up your own ideas when given a new task. Listen to what other people have to say- being able to develop or challenge ideas you come across is an incredibly valuable skill.

Digital Innovation Product Manager, Digital Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Get to know the cause and all the work we do. This is a huge and multifaceted organisation that does some amazing work both in the fundraising, and of course the research space, not to mention policy & prevention which are growing fast. Candidates who are familiar with what we do and how we do it definitely stand out.

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions always come up, learn how to give a good solid answer.

Any presentation you are given is your change to showcase yourself, think carefully around the question and really engage with what you're being asked to do.

Group exercises can be daunting but are important for the organisation to feel out if you'll be a good fit, mainly on interaction with others. Don't overthink this!

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising & Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Tailor applications specifically to Cancer Research UK and the types of activities you'll be doing if you get the job.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Demonstrate why Cancer Research UK personally means a lot to you, show you've researched the activities we do.

Senior Innovation Executive (Graduate), Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be passionate.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate knowledge of the charity sector.
Demonstrate why you want to work here.

Graduate trainee, Research Communications at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Know what the charity's strategic aims are and demonstrate this in your application.

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Application Advice:

Research the company thoroughly so that you know exactly why you would like to apply for the job. A real motivation for the role is key.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared and do the research in advance so that you feel more confident.

Policy and Information graduate trainee, Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate how you have used any experience you may have. It doesn't matter if you have the best degree and the highest quality work experience if you can not demonstrate how it has made you suited to this role!

Interview Advice:

How Cancer Research UK funds research. An example of something that has challenged me.

Innovation Analyst, Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be friendly and show that you're competent.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to tackle some interesting questions, but mostly show that you're motivated by CRUK's cause.

Research Strategy and Evaluation analyst, Strategy and Research Funding at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Don't be afraid to show your passion and enthusiasm during the application. Everyone here is passionate about what cancer research is about and advancing research to help beat cancer so if you can get that across in your application you will have ticked a big box. Secondly, it may be obvious, but just be yourself. The application is a two way process. The organisation needs to be confident that you'll get on well here and you need to be confident you will too.

Interview Advice:

Because of the nature of my role I was asked if I would be satisfied doing routine tasks in my role or if I would get bored and uninspired. In finance there are a few things like month end procedures which go with the scope of the job and some tasks slightly more mundane tasks you just have to do.

In terms of advice, research the core values of the company and have 2 or 3 facts about the charity you can roll out if the opportunity presents itself. Learn the names of the CEO, head of your directorate i.e. Finance director and know the core values. Try and have as many competency based answers as possible. Questions can be worded differently and if you have at least 4 examples of competency based situations then you can phrase them differently and hone in certain areas of the example to demonstrate the competency you've been asked about.

Graduate trainee, Financial Control at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Show your motivation for the cause and the charity. Everyone here is very determined to reach our goals and very proud of the work they do. Motivation and a passion for saving lives are essential for success within the charity.

Aside from that its also important to be clear and punctual when writing. Using the Star technique and lots of examples is always a plus.

Interview Advice:

Again show your motivation for the job. However, I would also say that preparation is key. Learn as much about the job role and the charity as you can so that you are always associating answers to how that would be useful within that role. Preparation also helps with the nerves as you feel more confident if you think you can answer the more tricky questions.

Graduate Trainee, Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Read about the cause and what the charity stand for. Read our research strategy. Make sure your passion for working for CRUK comes through in your application.

Interview Advice:

Read about the charity. Go through your competency based questions as this forms majority of the questions. Really listen to what they are asking rather than regurgitating practiced examples.

Research Communications Officer, Research Brand & Communications at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

It may sound obvious but small things like reading and re-reading your application to check for mistakes, ensure you’ve used lots of clear and relevant examples, made the most of the word count and structured your answers like mini essays.
Taking time out at uni to volunteer or fundraise for local charities is an obvious way of getting some grass roots experience. Internships too are widely offered across the charity sector and will give you a great insight into what a career in the third sector can offer. Volunteer roles likes becoming a Cancer Campaigns ambassador could also help you understand more about our organisational priorities.
However, so much of what we do is has cross overs with the private sector – from project and event management to marketing, advertising, research and strategy, so any sort of experience is valid.

Interview Advice:

Reading Cancer Research UK’s annual report is pretty essential for interview – it will give you all the background information you should need on the charity, our aims, ambitions and progress to date.

Senior Digital Executive, Digital at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be passionate for the cause, do your research on the charity's ambitions and show you share the drive to excel in your role.

Sports Team Manager, at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be prepared and be really clear about why you would like to work for Cancer Research UK as an organisation. Unfortunately most people have had an experience of cancer through family or friends, and as much as this provides motivation for wanting to work here, it does not set you apart from other applicants. Think carefully about what it is about Cancer Research UK that attracts you to want to be a part of it.

Interview Advice:

Be honest about your development needs - interviewers value self awareness very highly, more than someone who claims to have no weaknesses. This shows a mature approach to yourself and your work.

HR Project Manager, Human Resources at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Show that you've researched the company and how we go about fundraising. Demonstrate passion for the cause - this is a key attribute we look for.

Interview Advice:

Relax, convey passion and be yourself.

Fundraising & Marketing Graduate, at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Really do your research - get your facts right and know the sector. Show your passion - but don't forget to back this up with strong examples and proof of your skills.

Always spend time and effort on the application questions, as that's the first hurdle. So many graduates let themselves down with extremely short, mistake-filled or poorly thought-out answers.

Interview Advice:

If you've got as far as the interview, you're clearly a strong candidate, so well done. I would really recommend reading up as much as you can on the organisation and forming opinions about our strategy, challenges and successes. Although we're in the Third Sector, we're still looking for candidates with business acumen and drive.

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising & Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

You need a real passion for the charity itself- this will shine through in any application. Think carefully about the implications of a charity on this scale.

Interview Advice:

Do some in-depth research into the organisation and the industry in general- there is plenty of organisation-specific information available online and general charity forms- even some Tedtalks.

Graduate, at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Show a passion for the cause
Be interested in the science
Get as much experience as possible

Interview Advice:

Think about how your experiences have prepared you for project work and teamwork

Strategy and Research Funding Graduate, Strategy at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Be passionate about the cause- swot up about the organisation, its successes and recent achievements and ambitions before the interview.

Interview Advice:

Try not to use notes when presenting- looks more natural if you have practised and memorised as much as you can beforehand.

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Let you passion for the cause shine through.

Interview Advice:

It's important to show your potential to lead projects.

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Research the organisation, become aware about upcoming projects and explore the sheer breadth of engagement that Cancer Research UK has with supporters, patients and health professionals to provide exceptional services.

Graduate Trainee, Policy, Information and Communications at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Applicants who want to work at CRUK should be passionate about the cause and about the third sector as a whole.

You should show an understanding of the environment that you are going in to - for example research our brand and get a feel for the type of people who work here.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - not too corporate. Questions are fairly basic competency questions you would get anywhere but there may be some specific to the charity sector or your opinion on something from the area you are applying to. Be sure you know why it is you are applying.

Be sure to read up on if there have been any big developments in the news recently in either science, fundraising or policy.

, Direct Giving at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Passion is key; really research the organisation and the sector as a whole. Try to gain some work experience in charities prior to applying, as the environment isn't for everyone.

Interview Advice:

Have a good number of examples prepared for the key skills referenced in the job description and application questions, as you will need to provide evidence that you haven't already mentioned in your application.

Again, passion and preparation are important. Know your subject. If you're interested in a particular area then sign up for updates from key websites and journals. MarketingWeek is the obvious one for budding marketeers.

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Application Advice:

Show that you are passionate, but try to stand out from the crowd and be memorable.

Graduate Trainee, Science and Research Funding at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

- Reputable
- Flexible
- Bold

Worst:

- Bureaucratic

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Ethics and cause (beating cancer sooner).

Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Good reputation.
Everyone is committed to the cause.

Worst:

It's big so often there's a lot of red tape and change internally can be difficult.

Policy and Information Graduate Trainee, Policy, Information and Communications at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Tthe fact that some departments are very siloed which often slows things down.

Digital Producer, Technology at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Helpful, friendly people.

Worst:

Everyone working alone. Not a good atmosphere. Not much socialising. Wage. Varied work.

Research Manager, DRRC at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Working for a cause rather than to pay other people.

Worst:

Lack of equality, the office is mainly women which I think effects the working culture and means we miss out on the benefits of a divers community.

Business Development, Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Everyone is supportive and united

Worst:

the size of the company makes a lot of processes and easy to duplicate work

Graduate Trainee, Multiple (currently Corporate Partnerships) at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

The people

Online Marketplace Project Manager, at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Great working environment and incredibly supportive and accessible senior management

Graduate Trainee, Research & Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Cause led

Worst:

Large and slow

Project Officer, Information Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Positive, supportive company culture, work/life balance, great atmosphere, great location

Policy and Information Graduate Trainee, Policy at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

Best is the working environment. A lot of like-minded people work at CRUK and everyone is approachable and helpful. Its a fluid environment with lots of career progression opportunities arising all the time. Internal recruitment is encouraged and respected

Worst:

The worst is the amount of sign-off required and levels of authority in place due to the size of the charity. The IT infrastructure could also be much improved - there can be a lot of time wasted on IT updates and issues!

Finance Analyst, Financial Control at Cancer Research UK
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Best:

The working culture and having everyone working towards the same future vision

Worst:

Not always having the money we'd like to fund research/innovative new ideas to continue to fundraise.

Digital Innovation Product Manager, Digital Innovation at Cancer Research UK
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