Volunteering can be a route to employment, or a way to try something which may help you choose a career. It also provides a great opportunity to give something back to the community.
It is also possible to obtain funding to help with your Volunteering via the Student Opportunity Fund and some organisations may offer travel expenses etc
You can volunteer from a couple of hours per month to a couple of days per week. Find out more in the Student Volunteering Handbook.
Benefits of Volunteering
Employability and Networking
- Gain vital work experience
- Gain new skills and develop existing ones
- Gain accredited training
- Go into paid work with the same organisation
- Build up a network of contacts
- Get a professional reference
- Get the edge over other applicants for jobs
Remember, when you graduate you will have a valuable qualification.
If you can combine this qualification with the skills, confidence and experience needed for the career of your choice, you will be a stronger contender when applying for jobs.
Volunteering gives you the chance to:
- Join in activities you really enjoy
- Get to know your local community
- Make new friends
- The ‘feelgood’ factor – knowing you’re helping other people
- Have fun
- Make career decisions by trying different roles
- Improve your confidence
- Give something back to your community
- Build your self-esteem
- Find out what you’re passionate about
- As a volunteer, doing a valuable job in a real workplace can help you see yourself as a professional, and give you extra confidence which you can carry forward into your graduate career