Why volunteer?

Published on 14 February 17

There's so much you can do to get involved! Activities that support other students and improve the University community, get involved in charities and not-for-profit organisations or be a sports leader!

What's in it for me?

By volunteering you can...

How will it help my career?

Volunteering can really help you to stand out from the crowd when you are looking for a job

It’s a great way for you to develop skills such as communication, organisation, teamwork and time management that are highly sought after by employers. Many of the skills that you'll develop through volunteering will be transferable, demonstrating that you are adaptable and can bring key skills to a job immediately.

Volunteering is an effective way for you to gain relevant experience. If you’re interested in a graduate job in marketing, you could volunteer with a local charity helping with their marketing activities.

In addition to your academic achievements, employers are keen to know about your wider University experience. Always mention your volunteering when you apply for jobs (in your covering letter and on your CV), highlighting the skills and experience that you have gained. You can also apply your volunteering experience in an interview to demonstrate your skills and experience.

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