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Cancer Research UK

Graduate trainee, Research Communications at Cancer Research UK

Application Advice: Be passionate.

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Cancer Research UK

Policy and Information graduate trainee, Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Cancer Research UK

Research Strategy and Evaluation analyst, Strategy and Research Funding at Cancer Research UK

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Change Agents UK

Senior Projects and Business Development Manager, Permanent at Change Agents UK

Application Advice: Prepare a presentation that illustrates your deep understanding of the organisation's aims and objectives.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Think carefully about how your previous experience has shaped your approach to work. Wellcome is a place that thrives on making new connections, be it across disciplines, departments, etc. Being able to demonstrate a capacity to look for new ways of working, or understanding things from a different perspective is an advantage.

Interview Advice: The questions are very competency based - it's good to go in having quite a few examples of experience you've had up your sleeve. Try not to pigeon-hole yourself - this is a scheme that is aimed for graduates who don't necessarily have a fixed idea of what they would like to do for their career and your interviewers will be looking for this in you. Come with an idea of what you think this scheme can usefully do for you at this point in your life, but don't think this has to be prescriptive.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Wellcome Trust

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Read the guidance and express clearly what you would get out of the graduate scheme - Wellcome is looking for people who will clearly benefit from time spent here.

Interview Advice: As above, make sure you clearly communicate how you will benefit from the graduate scheme and your understanding and passion for the full range of activities that Wellcome pursues.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Change Agents UK

Environmental Communications Coordinator, at Change Agents UK

Application Advice: It's easy to apply, it is a fantastic learning curve and a great first job in my career. The experience I now have is really good for my CV and I have met some really useful contacts that I know I will still be in contact with throughout my career - regardless of whether I change jobs.

Interview Advice: Stay calm, prepare well for your interview and be confident in what you do.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Registered Manager Designate, Care at Charityworks

Application Advice: Research placement options as much as possible before choosing a placement as there is such a wide variety.

Interview Advice: Be curious, conscious and challenged. Be able to talk about volunteering experience and show interest in the charity sector.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate trainee, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Volunteer, self reflect, emphasise your passion and avoid buzzwords

Interview Advice: Be prepared to talk about your failures and your successes, and let your love for the industry really shine

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Junior Project Manager, IT/Systems at Charityworks

Application Advice: Do your research to understand what this grad scheme offers and does not offer. Be prepared to be flexible and adapt to make the best of the role you are placed in. Charityworks is great if you want to explore a number of areas within the third sector and build experience, if you know already the exact specialism you want to pursue a direct entry job may be preferable. Leave time for the application, it is quite an extensive form. Pay attention to the specific values of the scheme and tailor your answers to show that you are someone who will work to those values and be willing to learn more. Specifically - being self-reflective, curious to learn and intellectually/politically aware, someone who challenges themselves to achieve more and reach specific goals they have set. If you don't know, find out what a housing association is and whether you would be happy to work for one.

Interview Advice: Try to draw on a range of your experiences in the competency interview. Many of those applying will have extensive volunteering and student society-type experience - if you can differentiate yourself and show how your unique path has led you to this graduate scheme it will help. You don't need to have a very specific idea about what career you want long term but knowing exactly what you want to get out of the year on the grad scheme in terms of learning will strengthen your answers. At the assessment centre be confident but not domineering, as assessment centres go this was one of the friendliest I attended. Again remember the scheme's values, these are often woven into pair work or group exercises. Try to read the news around charities and housing associations, the written exercises focussed on issues/debates affecting them.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, Finance at Charityworks

Application Advice: Make sure you are flexible in where you are willing to be placed.

Interview Advice: Show an interest in the sector as a whole rather than one singular area. Don't be thrown off by people who seem to have loads more experience.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Campaigns Assistant, Willow at Charityworks

Application Advice: Show your passion for the sector, get lots of volunteering experience and talk about it!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Leadership Development Executive, Leadership Development at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be prepared and willing for a challenging year. Have as few preconceptions about the charity sector as possible!

Interview Advice: Know how to demonstrate resilience, thriving in difficult circumstances and thoughtfulness. Know where your values lie and be ready to talk about what you are most passionate about.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Deputy Manager, Bolton at Charityworks

Application Advice: You cannot predict what type of charity you will be places in or the role you will find yourself in so be open minded and ready to learn from any experience.

Interview Advice: Presentation and strategic planning skills will be assessed. There are a series of interviews and assessment centres but be yourself and have fun with it if you can.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Charityworks Graduate Trainee, The Children’s Society at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be honest and passionate, it's okay to not necessarily know what you want to do in the sector but you need passion for it.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Charityworks Trainee, Graduate at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be yourself. There is no one 'perfect applicant', everyone brings something unique and a different perspective and drive to the scheme. Understand yourself, what you are passionate about and what changes you want to be a part of in the next year, 5 years, 10 years.

Interview Advice: Think about the people that have inspired you, why is this? What can you learn from them or do/have done as a result?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Management Trainee, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Show that you are passionate and don't stress too much about the numerical test - what you write is way more important.

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work in the non-profit sector? Who do you look up to?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Marketing and Brand Assistant, Communications at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be open-minded and be honest in applications. Part of the job is welcoming new information and being challenged and if you aren't honest or open minded you won't learn and grow.

Interview Advice: Be positive through the interview process and buy into the vision of the grad scheme. It will help in answering questions and showing off your best self.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Cancer Research UK

HR Project Manager, Human Resources at Cancer Research UK

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Cancer Research UK

Graduate, at Cancer Research UK

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Cancer Research UK

Strategy and Research Funding Graduate, Strategy at Cancer Research UK

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Programme Manager, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be clear on what you want to get out of the specific elements of the Charityworks programme.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, Policy at Charityworks

Application Advice: Emphasise any voluntary experience you have, as Charityworks recruits on passion for non-profit sector before anything else really.

Interview Advice: Largely values-based; why do you want to work in this sector? What does success look like? What are you looking to get out of this? What made you start volunteering? Also, some competency; Describe a time you have had to show resilience. What is the best team you have ever worked in and why did it work well? Describe a team that hasn't worked together so well and why you think that was. Although the assessment centres are an intense experience, everyone there is very friendly and the actual format of the interview is quite relaxed. It is more like a conversation than an interrogation and don't worry about the interviewers trying to catch you out - just be honest.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Executive Assistant Business Management, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be yourself, don't be who you want them to be as it's probably inaccurate.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, Rotating Placement at Charityworks

Application Advice: In the initial application I think it's important to be able to show your motivation for wanting to be part of Charityworks. For me, the scheme is all about being motivated to reach your potential, and so don't be put off if you feel you don't have loads of experience, as I think it's about showing your potential, and willingness to put in hard-work to achieve it.

Interview Advice: I found the whole interview process very supportive, so my top tip would be to relax and treat the interviews as a way to gain more experience. The Charityworks team really want to see you at your best, so I think it's important to keep this in mind and just do your best to demonstrate who you are. I would say that it is important to show your enthusiasm for a career in the sector, and do your research into current trends and challenges, perhaps by following websites like Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, Graduate Scheme at Charityworks

Application Advice: Don't sell yourself short, make the most of any volunteering experience. Check out Charityworks 360 for advice.

Interview Advice: They are looking for attitude and out look as well as to prove you will be a future leader in the charity sector. Things of interesting/honest answers to: Who do you look up to? And why do you want to work in the charity sector?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Research Officer, Policy and Research at Charityworks

Application Advice: Above all, you need to demonstrate that you are passionate about the voluntary sector, what it does and why it does it.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre and interview process is intense. But you've got to treat it as an opportunity to learn something or try something new. You've got to be open and willing to be challenged. And you've also got to be able to think fast and write fast for the written tasks.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, Rotating Placement at Charityworks

Application Advice: As charityworks operates throughout the third sector it is important that candidates show that they have a broad range of skills and an interest in the sector and its development as a whole. If you just want to work in a very specific charity with narrow aims then this isn't the place for you. I would advise candidates to focus on how their experiences have given them the skills necessary for leadership- Communication, decision making, resilience, creativity, networking, supporting and developing others. I would also suggest that applicants be able to demonstrate how their values will make them an asset to the third sector and that they have openness to learning.

Interview Advice: The trickiest question I was asked was "who do you admire and why?" This is an excellent question for assessing peoples values so I would suggest candidates give an open and honest answer as this it was a chance to show what really mattered to me.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Graduate Trainee, at Charityworks

Application Advice: Just be yourself and try to demonstrate your experience and skills - it doesn't all need to be formal experience. Convey what you will bring to the programme and how you will develop/benefit as a result of it.

Interview Advice: Prepare your presentation well so you feel confident and can focus on the other aspects of the day. Justify the answers you give in the written part of the assessment - there isn't really a 'right or wrong' so long as you can back up your opinion.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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Charityworks

Trainee Business Development Manager, Business Development at Charityworks

Application Advice: Be mindful that the scheme centres on career development - need to be thinking beyond the immediate job offer.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Charity Management

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