Volunteering offers a vast range of opportunities for you to develop new skills to help you get into the right job and you can make new friends and have some fun at the same time.
Student volunteering builds employability skills such as leadership, problem-solving, teamwork, initiative and self-awareness and virtually every paid job can be mirrored by a volunteering opportunity. Volunteering can give direction and focus to your career. It also has priceless benefits of adding value to assignments, boosting your academic skills together with the real-life ones that employers really rate, which look great on you CV. Volunteering will show potential employers that you are keen and committed and that you are worth employing!
Here at Marjon we want to help you build up a portfolio of experiences before you leave, to make you 'work ready'. It is so important that you have something other than a degree to support a job application. Make sure by the time you complete your degree, you have practical experience on your CV that makes you stand out in a crowd.
Keep up to date with current volunteering opportunities through the Marjon Student Volunteering Facebook page and using these online volunteering resources: www.do-it.org.www.livewellsouthwest.co.uk and www.volunteer.improvinglivesplymouth.org.uk
Please use these helpful hints and tips below as a reference to get you started:
- It is best to think about the type of voluntary work you would like to undertake. You will find that volunteering it is the perfect way for you to road test possible career opportunities that could lead you to your perfect job. You could get involved with a project that specifically links to your degree or you try something completely different. Volunteering gives you the perfect opportunity to find out what makes you tick.
- Make an appointment to meet with the Marjon Employability Co-ordinator to discuss your volunteering interests.Don’t be put off with regards to the organisations geographical location and many organisation will pay for your travel expenses.
- If it’s the right opportunity, go for it!