Today (Monday 20th February) marks the start of student volunteering week. This is its 16th year and now over 100 institutions across the UK take part.
The week is a great opportunity for students to develop their skills and get involved with things in their local community. It’s a unique platform for students, universities and colleges to showcase their innovative projects and events. To find out more about the events happening, visit their website.
Volunteering can be incredibly important, not just because it looks good on your UCAS form, but because it can give provide you with the following;
- Volunteering can give you valuable experience in your chosen profession. This can help you decide whether it is for the job for you, or whether there’s elements of it, you don’t like.
- Volunteering can also give you work-life experience. What it’s like to have to get up every day and head off to work. How to act in a workplace, what’s expected of you in a professional environment and most importantly, how to work in a team of people with varying skills, abilities and ages.
- Volunteering is a great opportunity to network and meet people in the profession you’d like to work in. It gives you the opportunity to ask their advice and benefit from their experience.
- It also means that you are in their minds should a job arise.
- Being in a working environment can be vastly different to being in a student one, so volunteering can help with your personal development and give you a confidence you didn’t know you had.
- Volunteer work can help you develop new skills and work with a variety of people.
- Seeing a project you’ve been working on come to life and benefit a business or a community in some way can be a real boost to your self-esteem too.
A Chance to Give Back
- Volunteering for a project within your community can be rewarding as it’s a chance to do something that will benefit the area that you live in.
- It’s also been proved that volunteering can help you feel better about yourself, which in turn helps reduce your stress levels, so it’s win-win!
It Looks Good!
- There’s no getting away from it, having experience on your CV or University application looks good and might be thing that gives you the edge over someone else!
Volunteering can also be fun, so try and choose something that you’re also going to enjoy!