Volunteering4As well as your degree, employers are interested in your transferable and job specific skills.  Volunteering offers a way of acquiring these skills and can help your job application stand out from other candidates.

Volunteering can be 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.

Flexible Opportunities

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.


Volunteering gives you the opportunity to establish a network of contacts, as you work with and for people. These contacts may provide references, or links to future employment.

Community Benefit

Volunteering has a positive impact on your community. Many volunteers give their time in order to give something back to the community they live in or to causes they care about.


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73% of employers would employ someone with volunteering experience over someone without




51% of graduates said volunteering helped them to secure employment1



Benefits of Volunteering


Voluntary work can help you:

  • 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.

Personal Development

Volunteering can help you:

  • 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.

Quality of Life

Volunteering gives you 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

Volunteering isn’t all about improving your career prospects – it’s also about enjoying yourself! You might want to volunteer in a role that’s not related to your studies at all, simply because it’s something you love. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in university life and the local community, and to make friends who share your interests.

1Research by Reeds Recruitment agency for the charity Timebank

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