23 July 2012 08:58 AM

So you don't fancy working in the City. Now what?

You're on your way to top marks in your degree, you're a well-rounded student, you're a grad scheme recruiter's dream...but you just don't feel like following the herd. Sound familiar?

If you'd rather poke your own eyes out with a biro than work for a big corporate firm, why not consider a career in the Charity and Not-For-Profit sectors? No, you probably won't make millions, but if you're still reading this, we're guessing you're not into all that anyway, hmm?

We've done the hard work for you by interviewing everyone from Marketing Mangers to Volunteer Coordinators - to get you started, here's a quick overview video. It includes advice from employers and experts on everything you could ever want to know about landing a fulfilling charity job.

Find out more CLICK HERE

Sue Bishop Action Aid


23 April 2012 10:04 AM

Women in Engineering - we made a documentary!

And we're very proud of it. We even got to go to the House of Lords for International Womens' Day because of it - how cool are we?

We were pretty horrified to discover that just 7% of engineers in the UK are women, so we decided to do something about this (we're practical like that). We made a film that showcases influential women in the world of engineering, telling us why they love their jobs and why engineering is a great industry to work in, regardless of gender.

We made two edits of the film - the first is aimed at schoolkids so it's a bit more general - and here they are:



We're so chuffed with these - we'd love you to reblog/retweet/tumblr/facebook them, etc - especially if you're a) a woman, b) a nerd and c) think that the next generation of girls and women need to know just how awesome it is to work in science and engineering.

18 April 2012 05:24 PM

It's a boy!

Just in time to redress the gender balance in the office after last week's events, Tom joined the team at CareerPlayer on Monday and has already been forced to do the tea and coffee round twice - best to get him used to it early, we say. It's kinder in the long run! He's going to be bringing his expert sales technique to CareerPlayer Towers, so, without further ado, here's Tom, ladies and gents!:

"The CareerPlayer family have welcomed me as their younger brother. I graduated from Bournemouth Uni last year in Leisure Marketing and moved west to quench my thirst for cider. When I’m not working you will either find me producing music, playing darts with my recently established darts team 'Chairmen Of The Board' or planning a music festival. I will be teaming up with Adam to make sure the sales go through the roof and the great testimonials keep rolling in! Lights, camera and action!" 

Tom enjoys blending in with the local culture whilst travelling abroad, as can be seen below: 

12 April 2012 03:46 PM

Yes, it's official...

...Careerplayer has hired its first ever woman. What on earth would Don Draper make of that?

Isabel is going to be handling all the marketing for the team, as well as correcting everyone's spelling (she's recently jumped ship from the world of print publishing, lured by the glamour of CP towers). As a recent(ish) graduate, she's the baby of the team, and hopes she can use her own knowledge of the perils of the grad job market to help the next generation of uni leavers.

When she's not working, Isabel and her lovely music therapist buddy run a charity music group in a residential home for the elderly. They sing, play music and generally have a great laugh (and lots of tea and cake). 

Isabel brings a wide range of transferable skills to the team, including an appreciation for cask-strength Islay single malt whisky, an excessive fondness for the word 'aesthetics', and a penchant for talking about herself in the third person.

Look out for her at your next uni careers fair - she's the chatty redhead, so come and say hello! 

Then (check out that early 90s outfit!)...   

...and now (yes, every day is 1940s gangster day at CP towers)

27 October 2009 08:45 AM

Donate Yourself To Charity...

Want to work in the Third Sector?

Need some hands on Work Experience?

Feel Passionately about a cause?

Then the World of Difference scheme from the Vodafone Foundation is definitely worth a look. They're offering 500 paid placements for people to work at a charity of their choice. It's a great way to help benefit others with your knowledge and time but also a fantastic opportunity to help develop real world skills that could boost the CV and help in your job hunt. Especially if you're interested in the Third Sector - bring on the networking.

To apply you need to complete an online application form at vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference by the 3rd of November 2009. Successful applicants also get a new mobile phone with pre-paid credit which is a pretty handy bonus.

For more information visit the World of Difference website.

Check out their Charity Match tool.

Or take a look at the lucky winners below who scooped the 12 Month International placements.

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