Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills, experience, meet new people and help others. Research shows that 80% of employers value voluntary experience and 58% value it more than paid work experience. Volunteering can help you demonstrate motivation and initiative as well as helping you develop skills employers want.
You don’t get paid but you have the chance to experience the satisfaction that comes from making a real difference to other people’s lives, as well as your own. Most of all you can have fun and make new friends. Along with roles that are designed to help individuals, some volunteering opportunities will give you the chance to have positive impact on your local community and the environment.
Volunteering opportunities can be short term, long term, part time, full time or one-off. There are even activities you could do from home. You can also volunteer either at school, college or in their own time. If you’re aged 16 to 17 you can take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).
Benefits of volunteering
Taking part in volunteering offers a wide range of benefits and can give you the chance to:
Develop new skills
Improve your employability
Meet new people
Explore different career opportunities
Increase your self-confidence and self esteem
Enhance your CV or UCAS application
Gain additional qualifications
Increase your communication and organisational skills