Ever Considered Volunteering?
Gaining work experience these days is vital as it not only looks good on your CV or UCAS Personal Statement but helps you to develop those essential employability skills that employers & universities are looking for.
There are lots of things that you could do and, although you might be looking to do something directly related to your career, don’t worry if it isn’t as you will still be learning transferable skills and demonstrating your willingness to help with no financial reward! Volunteering says a lot about you as a person and is always viewed in a positive light.
There are lots of reasons why people do voluntary work but mostly because they want to help others in their community & contribute to society. However, it can be a win-win situation as there are also benefits for you, some of these include:
* opportunity to develop your skills & gain new ones
* boost your self confidence in your capabilities
* to develop your network, make new friends & useful contacts
* to experience first hand a job or career sector you’re interested in
* to develop a wide range of skills & experience to add to your CV / personal statement
* it may lead to offers of paid work
* volunteering shows commitment, and employers / universities are impressed by people who give up their own time to help others.
Where to Start Looking for Opportunities
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – Bishop Walsh run the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
www.bvsc.org – Birmingham Volunteer bureau website. You can register then look for opportunities or go down & talk to someone about the kind of work you’re looking for. They are based in Digbeth.
www.do-it.org – a national database of volunteering opportunities
www.ncsyes.co.uk – National Citizen Service scheme – open to 16 and 17 year olds. Gives you the opportunity to take on new challenges, learn new skills, help your community and make new friends. At the end you get a certificate signed by the Prime Minister!
www.vinspired.com – volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds
www.redcross.org.uk – they have a section for young people
Volunteer for an Established Charity
Meet interesting people, boost your confidence and gain life-changing skills – volunteer for Oxfam at our shops, events or offices. You’ll give your life a little lift – and help lift lives worldwide at the same time.
If you’re looking for a new challenge or a change of career, spending a few months at Oxfam is a great way to hone your skills. We offer various placements at Oxfam House and at our regional offices, in areas as diverse as HR, marketing, IT, accounting and digital media, and give you the chance to work on specific projects. Generally our internships last anywhere from three to 12 months, for two or three days a week – which means you can still work part-time while you’re with us. It’s a great chance to learn the ins and outs of a top UK charity and bounce your big ideas off some talented, passionate people.
Oxfam’s head office is in Oxford and there are regional offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. We advertise for volunteers across a wide range of areas across the charity. Sometimes a post will require a specialist skill, sometimes it will simply need someone who has heaps of enthusiasm. There are lots of areas that could benefit from your time and experience within the many departments at Oxfam, including HR, marketing, IT, accounting and digital media.
Volunteer in an Oxfam shop:
When you volunteer in an Oxfam shop, you’ll be joining a friendly team at the heart of your local community. And there are so many ways you can help – you could design window displays, list items for our online shop or specialise in a particular area, such as books or women’s accessories. All the time, you’ll be helping to raise as much money as possible for people living in poverty.