For anyone wanting to talk to someone about public sector, not-for-profit and volunteer opportunities, this is your month.
Voluntary, Not-For-Profit and Public Sector Fair
The Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester
Monday, 8th March, 12.30-4.00pm
Our main event is our annual fair with almost 60 exhibitors (well, 61 if you include the Careers Service and our Volunteer team).
Information, not recruitment
It’s primarily a careers information fair ie the exhibitors in the main are not recruiting directly. The jobs market in these areas is so different to the “classic” corporate graduate recruitment. It’s down to you to search out their vacancies (when they have them), rather than not-for-profit organisations saving up a whole bundle of vacancies and hawking them around universities once a year, trying to drum up interest.
However, it is a great chance to find out what they do, how some of their current employees found their jobs, what volunteer opportunities they may have – all good insider information to improve your chances of getting into this competitive sector.
If you’re thinking about public sector jobs as they shouldn’t be as hard to get as private sector jobs, think again. Emma, one of our careers consultants, visited the Civil Service a couple of weeks ago, and found out that this year, the Fast Stream had 22,000 applications for 350 jobs. They interviewed 1,000 people, so if you want to increase your chances of being one of the lucky ones, come and talk to their representatives at the Fair.
Exhibitors, including Creative Sector
Other organisations currently booked include Oxfam Outreach, Teach First, HM Treasury, Equality & Human Rights Commission, Greater Manchester Probation Trust, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Government Statistical Service, Cancer Research UK, British Red Cross and lots more. There are also a few “Creative Sector” organisations, including the BBC (they’re particularly looking for Production Trainees) and a few smaller local organisations.
It’s free entry, just a registration form you can either download and fill in beforehand, or fill in on the day.