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University fundraising 'receiving graduate recruitment support'
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Graduate job hunters have been alerted to the news that university fundraising could offer a viable career in the current economic climate.
Traditionally, the profession has been associated with cold calling and high staff turnover, but it is now being viewed more favourably by the authorities as public money declines.
A new report in the Independent has cited the example of the graduate training scheme offered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case).
The course is designed to pinpoint graduates who could lead university fundraising offices in the future, offering a salary of about £18,000 for the one-year term.
"I've done everything from managing a fundraising dinner at the House of Lords to working in the call centre," Kerry McCollum, 24, who is about to finish her placement at Loughborough University, told the newspaper.
"You have to push to get the message across that we are raising money for incredibly important things like scholarships for poorer students and grants for important medical research."
Founded in 1974 in the US, the Case opened a London office in 1994 and now serves almost 3,400 universities, colleges and schools in 61 countries.