Volunteer (Former Employee), Québec, QC – September 23, 2013
Cons: extended standing
It was exciting volunteering at Oxfam. Presenting on the real world experience in other parts of the world was interesting. Water shortages in developing countries. In some places in developing world, there is water everywhere but not even a drop to drink.
The objective here was to garner fund in order to support people in developing world without – more... potable water. – less
STORE ASSISTANT (Former Employee), Godalming, ENG – November 19, 2014
Pros: relaxed environment
Cons: often monotonous
A highly flexible working environment, only working once a week for 2 hours. One of the most fundamental things i learnt was how to relate to people from all walks of life. Management was fairly relaxed and I was often left to figure things out myself. Co-workers were friendly and easy to relate to. The hardest part of the job was having to shuttle – more... to and from work during the school day. The most enjoyable part was the opportunity to work in a world renowned organization. – less
sales assisstant (Former Employee), High Street, ENG – November 12, 2014
from volunteering at Oxfam I learned how products are brought into the shop and how they are tested to make sure they are all in good condition as products entering Oxfam were mainly donations. I spent time working on the till, and also time working in the back to check products. I found the managed meant to be good, they were fair and were clear with – more... the tasks that needed/wanted doing. Everyone else working there was friendly and very welcoming when I joined. I didn't find much of the job difficult but when I was unsure would always ask. I enjoy working with customers and helping them in anyway I can. – less
Since being made redundant I have been partaking in voluntary work at age uk and Oxfam where I have gained valuable retail skills and a Level 1 Certificate in Retail Knowledge with Grantham college. I would now like the opportunity to use the skills I have gained in a paid job.
Test Lead (Current Employee), Oxford, ENG – October 22, 2014
A typical day at work starts with a standup meeting with the team to discuss where we are in terms of testing and if there are any issues. Ensuring that all the team members have work assigned to them. Going through the change requests logged by users or other stakeholders and create details of the change for approval. Once approved ensuring enough – more... detail is added to the Change document. Supporting the team in testing bu joining them in hands on testing or helping with the automation scripts. – less
cashier (Former Employee), greater manchester – October 22, 2014
Pros: wasnt busy every day
overall it was a good experience I worked within a team and dealt with customers on a daily basis my communication skills increase which made me more confident when approaching difficult situations I really enjoyed my time at Oxfam the hardest moments were when starting off and getting to know the people your working with and approaching customers after – more... a few hours I was perfectly fine again – less
Volunteer Shop Assistant (Former Employee), Hitchin, ENG – October 15, 2014
Pros: all staff were fair and enjoyable to be around.
My job for Oxfam entailed sorting through donations and seeing what could be sold in the shop or elsewhere, and what couldn't and then pricing them using a guide. I also organised displays on the shop floor and later on in the week I learnt how to use till so stayed there. It was a good experience in terms of getting a starting understanding of retail – more... and what it includes, and the issues that have to be considered whilst in the workplace (e.g health and safety, customer service). I also learnt a lot about the charity and what it aims to achieve which I was unaware of before. I found that the hardest part of the job was the pricing aspect, as although I had the price guides, the options were quite varied so the final price was occassionally different to what I had thought it to be. Having said this, I think that working on the shop floor was the most enjoyable part, as I got to interact more with customers and felt that this was a rewarding part of the job. – less
Sales associate (volunteer) (Former Employee), Helston, ENG – October 15, 2014
Pros: free lunch
Cons: need to be improve for the area
My general duties would be to update the Online sales sysstem with new stock. Rotate stock on shop floor. Inventory of new stock. Dealing with customers needs and questions. Dealing with stationary from head office. I have learnt that Oxfam deal with a lot of issues and help a lot of ongoing issues. Working well as a team. Helping people around the – more... world. – less
Shop assistant (Former Employee), Castlebar, MO – October 9, 2014
Pros: great discount on in house purchases.
Cons: standing on your feet all day.
A typical day of work would start with a brief discussion with my manager about the work I was expected to do for the day and counting the float for the till. Some days l had to change the displayed items for sale on the shop window and that involved a lot of creativity and a passion for fashion in order to attract customers to come in and view and – more... hopefully make a purchase. The challenging part of the job was to handle challenging customers. During the course of my work l learnt that the best way to deal with challenging customers is listening to the customer, honestly assessing if l am able to assist them or if the problem is beyond me ,I get proper support and work with them to ensure satisfaction. The most enjoyable part of my job was to see a customer coming out of shop smiling. – less
Shop Assistant (Volunteer) (Current Employee), Nottingham, ENG – October 6, 2014
Pros: good teamwork
Cons: there is not enough control over the shop
A typical day at oxfam always starts with filling the till and organizing the display of the shop. During a day we have a lot of customers coming in the shop and buying different types of homewares, clothes or peaces of furniture. We also receive a lot of donations. We price them and then put them on displays to sell. All these procedures help me to – more... get more confidence and experience in my job. It also enables me to communicate with our customers and meet their needs and interests. Managers are very friendly and always ready to help the team. They always support and motivate us. Colleagues are very loyal, supportive, punctual and disciplined. We always learn from one another and try to be as much helpful to each other as we can. The hardest part of the job to me is sorting the clothes. Sometimes it's hard to tell what kind of clothes people like and are willing to buy. The most enjoyable part of the job is serving the customers and helping them to buy what they like most. – less