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Berkeley Group

Berkeley Group

Application Advice: Do your research about the company and the wider sector, and be confident about your answers.

Interview Advice: Turn up with time to spare, dress appropriately, and have some prepared answers in your head.

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Wellcome Trust

Intern, Internal Communications at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Thoroughly research Wellcome and their values. Make sure you actually answer the questions and don't just copy and paste from other application forms! Finally, Wellcome isn't just for people with a science degree! If you're from an arts background, like myself, play it to your advantage and show how you can offer a different perspective or type of thinking.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to show your enthusiasm! If you can, relate each answer back to Wellcome's mission. Draw on a variety of examples, especially those from outside your degree as this shows you're a well-rounded individual. Try and think of a couple of questions to ask them as this shows you are really interested.

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising & Marketing at Cancer Research UK

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!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Admin

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Cancer Research UK

, at Cancer Research UK

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

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Development Programme at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: The application process is very fair. You are told everything you need to know at every stage, so just make sure you read all the information available and focus on tailoring your application to provide all that you are asked for. But most importantly, be yourself! Wellcome don't have a picture in mind of what the perfect applicant is like, so don't overthink stuff and try to let your individuality shine through.

Interview Advice: The interviews are fairly standard. It's likely you'll be asked some competency-based questions, some questions about you and some questions about the role and organisation. The best thing you can do to prepare is learn about Wellcome and try to practice.

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Wellcome Trust

Rotations at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Convey your knowledge and understanding of and interest in the organisation and all that it does. Give some thought and demonstrate how your previous experience and interests could positively contribute to the vision/aim and work of the organisation. You do not need to have a science background to work here, although an interest in science could make the role more enjoyable for you.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. People who work in the organisation are very friendly and it's important for them to get to know you, as employing someone is arguably more down to their personality than their skills. Make sure you have read up on the organisation's strategy and recent news on their website. Make sure you have investigated who will be interviewing you if you are given their names. Ask yourself what you would like to know about working there/the role before going to your interview. Then make sure you ask any questions that haven't been answered by the end of your interview.

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Development Programme at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: I would advise candidates to have a good rationale for why they want to do this particular scheme, as well as why they want to undertake particular rotations. It is also a good idea to understand what the Wellcome Trust does at a reasonable level of detail.

Interview Advice: I was asked competency questions as well as 'Why Wellcome?', 'Why this graduate scheme?' and 'Which rotations?'. At my final interview I was asked more complex questions which tested my ability to solve problems under pressure and come up with creative answers.

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, Engagement and Communications at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: The Trust wants candidates that are genuinely enthusiastic about working here and have ample evidence of their competency. Some rotations options may appeal to you more than others but signalling out only one or two when writing an application may suggest you would not benefit from the range of experiences on offer here.

Interview Advice: At interview, ensure you have a variety of examples to suit competency questions on subjects such as teamwork or leadership etc. Also be prepared to brainstorm possible solutions to problems the Trust is currently experiencing and be reasonably up-to-date on important events that may have taken place in your desired rotations.

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, Rotational at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Consider whether the rotational nature of the scheme appeals to you; it is not a scheme designed for people with very specific ambitions.

Interview Advice: Make sure you understand what the Trust does and can show your passion for it. Try to avoid coming across as arrogant as that would be very likely to alienate your interviewer.

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Wellcome Trust

Communications and Engagment, at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Answer the questions very clearly and make sure you highlight the fact that you know it's a rotation based scheme and that doing different rotations is what you are interested in. If you only talk about one or two areas of the business your application will not be successful.

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Charityworks

Assistant to the Chief Executive/ Charityworks Graduate Trainee, Executive assistant at Charityworks

Application Advice: The most important thing is to show passion for working in the charity sector. When you are applying think in depth about your motivations. Why is it that the charity sector appeals to you? If you have a better answer than ' I want to have a positive impact' or 'I want to make a difference' you'll be doing yourself a favour! It may seem like a very long process but each stage is manageable. The assessment day is by far the biggest hurdle. Just make sure you engage with the topics. I feel the best thing you can do to improve your chances is to think about what it is about the sector that appeals to you and read charity news to be aware of issues in the sector (e.g. Guardian Voluntary Network / housing network). Finally make sure you engage with the group tasks! Even if you do not feel you have much to say you can take the role of ensuring the group remains focused on the task (i.e. say 'what is the crux of this task' or 'I think we are getting side-tracked... lets bring this back to...) or even just time keeping (okay we have 10 mins left... lets see where we are and get our main points together). With the interview/presentation just make sure you practice. My first few times I was super nervous and it was not good! so I went through it a few times with my sister and made it much more succinct and also increased my confidence with presenting.

Interview Advice: As above... make sure you have a clear sense of why you want to work in the sector! You may get through if you say 'I want to make a difference' but you'll have much better chances with a thought through answer. For example the public sector is also a place where people work who want to have a social aspect to their career, why is the third sector more appealing to you? Also Charityworks has a very social focus, they are trying to create a network of future leaders in the sector. Think about how you would engage and feed into this network. How might you act as ambassador for the programme and the things it stands for?

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Charityworks

Practice Development Assistant, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Do it!! The most important thing is to be passionate. If you can speak with genuine passion about the charity sector, that's half the battle. You don't have to know everything about the sector. They take people with a variety of experience levels and backgrounds. It's more important to know yourself than know facts. You have to be able to express why you want to be in the sector, what you can bring, why Charityworks etc.

Interview Advice: I would recommend enjoying the experience. The interview process is long- with assessment days, group activities, written tests, interviews, presentations etc- but it is an invaluable experience. I was asked typical questions like what I could bring to Charityworks and what it could bring to me. I was asked why I wanted to work in the sector. I was asked times I had failed and what I'd learned, times I had been an ambassador, and people I found inspirational.

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Charityworks

Supporter Journey Executive, Fundraising at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be yourself, be open to all opportunities in the third sector and check over your application a few times.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, at the assessment days they want to make you shine, not trip you up.

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Charityworks

Projects, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Once you're past the online tests, you'll need to demonstrate a commitment and passion for working in the sector but you also need to show that you're resilient and would be able to motivate yourself in a professional environment and in a placement you might not be 100% happy in. As long as you have something interesting to say, hungry to learn and you're good with people you'll be fine.

Interview Advice: Honestly, just be yourself. It's such a cliché but very true. In my interview I spoke about how I almost got fired from my first job but because I was able to reflect on it and say what I learnt from that experience they seemed genuinely happy with how open I was and I got through to the next round.

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Charityworks

Graduate trainee, Learnng disability support at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be as honest as possible about your motivations for working in the charity sector - if it's personal, that's fine. In my experience, the interview is more about demonstrating your passion than your ability - ability is already proven in the earlier stages and everyone there is qualified enough, but you need to show you're passionate.

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Charityworks

Charityworks Graduate Trainee, HR and Development at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be passionate about wanting to be a leader in the non-profit sector. This will take you a long way. Otherwise, show off any related experience to demonstrate your commitment to the sector and the competencies you have learnt. Be prepared to be flexible about location and type of non-profit and role within it, although do be honest about what you are prepared to do work-wise (e.g. I said I could only work in central London so they accommodated this).

Interview Advice: The psychometric tests are first - you will have to complete the first of these within 24 hours of submitting your application and the second 24 hours after that. If you fail either of them then you may still get on the scheme as you are put on a waiting list. There are 2 assessment days, which seems like a lot, but the second one is narrowed down so much that only a few don't get through this one. On the days be confident and friendly. They want to see how you would fit in the cohort as a whole, so show that you get on well with people on the day. There'll be team building exercises e.g. building the tallest tower with newspaper, written tasks on current issues in the sector, group exercise e.g. developing a new community based service and individual interview (with a 5 min presentation on the second assessment day). It's not half as scary as it sounds and you feel as though they want to get the best out of you so are very encouraging.

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Make sure you are willing to work in a department or charity you hadn't previously considered as you will find unexpected opportunities and learn a lot

Interview Advice: Who inspires you? When have you been challenged and what did you learn from this? Just be yourself. The assessors were welcoming and friendly. Both assessment days felt more like an opportunity to get to know you rather than a formal assessment.

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Charityworks

Graduate trainee policy officer, Royal College of Physicians at Charityworks

Application Advice: Being an ideal candidate for Charityworks is much more about your commitment to the voluntary sector and to helping others than to your actual work experience

Interview Advice: Show evidence of: volunteering experience; plenty of extra-curricular activities

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK

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.

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Change Agents UK

WiSEE Project Officer, at Change Agents UK

Application Advice: Show your initiative, know your social enterprises & how can you work on your own?

Interview Advice: Do the research - show practical examples how can YOU make a change within social entrepreneurial sector, what are the main barriers.

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Fundraising and Marketing at Cancer Research UK

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.

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Let you passion for the cause shine through.

Interview Advice: It's important to show your potential to lead projects.

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City Year

Team leader, Team leader at City Year

Application Advice: Be willing to want to change the world or your own community with passion and drive

Interview Advice: Be yourself

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate Trainee, Science and Research Funding at Cancer Research UK

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

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City Year

Corp Member, at City Year

Application Advice: Be completely honest.

Interview Advice: Again be completely honest. If this role is for you, the staff at City Year can tell and you'll be given the opportunity to join the movement.

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