30 August, 2010

Why Volunteer?

As a busy student, you may not have given volunteering a second thought.  There are however lots of good reasons to get involved and volunteer your time. A few weeks ago I attended a seminar on volunteering run by Dr Karen Smith at Victoria University. I found that as well as looking at the various motivations for volunteering, the seminar helped me really focus on benefits of volunteering and how this translates into job skills and even career options.

So why volunteer?  As well as doing something worthwhile and ‘giving back’, volunteering allows you to develop a variety of  transferable skills and competencies including leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, initiative, flexibility and adaptability. Volunteering will also provide you with work experience, the opportunity to put theory into practice and learn new things, a fantastic network of contacts, and help bridge gap between the world of work and study. You’ll likely gain a broader perspective and be able to explore different career options. Plus have fun and make new friends. There’s no reason not to really is there?

As it says in this article from targetjobs.co.uk Volunteer your way to a graduate job ,”Virtually every experience translates into valuable skills that can help you land your dream job in the future.”

At Victoria, many students are already gaining benefits from being on the Vic Plus programe which recognises their contribution to student support work and community volunteering. So go on, give it a go!

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