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Would a graduate career in charity suit you?

Is a graduate career in charity right for you?

The charity and NGO sector offers a wealth of opportunities. It is a competitive industry and an integral part of any successful organisation. Often involved in the execution of significant projects, charity professionals liaise with senior management on a regular basis to coordinate their organisation’s running.

Careers in charity as a social worker

Graduate careers as a social worker in the charity sector

Charities and NGO's need a broad range of skills and disciplines in order to deliver their objective and to continue to deliver the supports their clients, stakeholders and donors need. Your degree in social work can help.

Interns in the charity sector

What can you expect with an internship in the charity sector.

An internship can be a great way to find out if a graduate career in the charity sector is for you. But what can you expect and what work will you likely be doing.

Learn from graduate employers

Get industry-leading career advice and opportunities from graduate employers.

For Purpose Ireland's Social Impact Graduate Programme

Insights from career specialists

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Your degree and charity jobs

Find out how your degree and experience can help you lend a job in the charity sector

Employers in Charity

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At publicjobs, we are the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services across the civil and public service. We are committed to providing a premier recruitment facility to our clients, including Government Departments, Agencies and Local Authorities, in order to successfully employ suitable candidates. Additionally, we deliver an effective gateway to identify suitable individuals for consideration by Ministers for appointment to State Boards. We provide an open and transparent recruitment process to identify top-quality candidates for public sector roles, with a strong reputation for independent and merit-based selection. We are privileged to support the Irish Government and our clients to deliver high-quality public services through the recruitment of a diverse, highly talented and committed workforce that reflects the diversity of the society that it serves.

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Other employers who are active on gradireland , regularly posting new opportunities and events during peak seasons.

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Learn how to stand out! From writing CVs and applications to practicing aptitude and psychometric tests, find the tools and tips to help you apply with confidence.

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Not sure where to begin or the type of job that would suit you? Explore your career choices and find professions that make a difference, options with your degree subject, working abroad opportunities, tips for starting your own business and more.

Finding a job

Find the advice and guidance you need at the start of your career, as well as tips for structuring your job hunt, building your network and showcasing your potential.


Internships are a great way to build up work experience early on in your career. They can also lead to a graduate job offer.

Interviews and assessment centres

Learn how to succeed in graduate interviews and assessment centres with our advice on answering tricky interview questions, on the essential research you need to do before an interview and on tackling assessment day exercises.

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Discover and build the skills that graduate employers are looking for. Explore career advice and find the tools to help you develop and showcase your potential.

Job offers and working life

Navigating job offers and working life can be tricky early on in your career. Learn all about job offers, what to ask and how to ace your first role.

Skills for getting a job

Discover and build the skills that graduate employers are looking for. Explore career advice and find the tools to help you develop and showcase your potential.

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