As part of the the Guardian's 'What else can I do' this week they are looking at 'Mike' who is a Volunteer Officer earning Â£21,400 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/apr/02/14
1. Mike might move into management, employed by a district or borough-wide council for voluntary services, taking responsibility for the volunteer development team and its budget. The role brings new challenges, more responsibility and takes him up the career ladder. He would earn around Â£27,594.
2. The further education sector is keen to develop its volunteering opportunities for students, so Mike could join a FE college as part of its wider student support or welfare services team. He would help promote volunteering, identify new student volunteering opportunities within the organisation and develop links outside. Although he would only earn around Â£21,000, similar posts attracting between Â£23,000 and Â£26,000 are well established in higher education institutions.
3. Museums employ volunteer coordinators, offering a salary in the region of Â£21,000, and Mike might find this an exciting new cultural environment. Responsibilities would include working with the volunteer manager to organise the day-to-day coordination of volunteers, their training and placements. He would also be expected to raise the profile of the museum in the wider volunteering sector. It would be a sideways step but an interesting one which takes him into a new sector.
4. Mike could use his skills working for the social enterprise Changemakers, which is devoted to encouraging people of all ages to take an active role in their community. He might work as a youth volunteer development manager looking to promote new volunteering opportunities for young people. He would earn around Â£27,000.
5. Working as a hospital radio station coordinator is a possibility for Mike. He would be responsible for a team of 30 volunteers. His volunteer training is essential, as is his ability to project manage. While an understanding of broadcasting techniques would be useful, it is not essential. The role takes him into the NHS, offering a variety of career options in the future as trusts continue to expand their volunteer workforce. He would earn from Â£23,620 to Â£30,509.