Working for SPEAK has been a pivotal stepping stone in many a career - check out the Campaigns Coordinator role

SPEAK is passionate about helping young adults boost their career paths. We always strive to give our volunteers and employees real valuable experience which has consistently provided a vital stepping stone in their career paths. One of our real strengths is that the Network Support Team is run by young adults for young adults, and this means that people are given opportunities that they just wouldn't be given elsewhere.

People who have worked for SPEAK have gone on to get work in - local community projects, major development NGOS, government departments and many more.

We are currently looking for someone to take over from Andy Cope as our Campaigns Co-ordinator. We are sad to see Andy go but excited to see the opportunities that new people can bring. If you are interested in the exciting and diverse role please contact speak@speak.org.uk

Here's what Andy says:

'I’ve been the SPEAK Campaigns Officer since March 2012, and it’s certainly been an exciting journey! I first took up the post because I was left post-graduation struggling with answers for ‘conventional employment’ – all I wanted was something to do that would support me enough to live, without losing my integrity; something that I could believe in…was that so much to ask?! I was intrigued by the counter-cultural nature of the network, and decided to apply for the role because I realised that, there wasn’t a group that I believed in more than SPEAK!

There is so much more to it than simply a 'campaigns' role. I have found myself doing everything: from facilitating SPEAK’s sessions at Greenbelt, to operating our social media channels, to visiting local groups, to overseeing the programme of Soundcheck weekend, to doing graphic design for Volumise magazine – it’s been quite a range of experiences! Of course, there’s an array of campaigns-specific activities too, such as researching and writing the Pray & Post cards, organising stunts and actions, and - most importantly - using reflection, dialogue and prayer to discern how best to empower the Network in the issues that matter to it most.

Professionally, SPEAK offers a much more rounded experience than you’ll get at most other NGOs. Based in the heart of London, you really gain a sense of what it is like to work in the third sector with other like-minded, lovely people. Since SPEAK is highly respected for what it does, we’re invited to participate in large coalitions and partnerships – so you’re often meeting with staff from other groups such as Traidcraft, Tearfund, Christian Aid, War on Want, StopTheTraffik, Stop Climate Chaos, etc. SPEAK also quite uniquely gives you a foundation in two different sectors, too – both the campaigns/NGO sector, and the church arena also. Furthermore, because there’s only a handful of staff, you end up getting a lot more responsibility than you otherwise would if you were employed at the same level in bigger organisations - which is great for the CV and quite frankly is much more fun!'