Be a volunteer, get ahead in your career

26th August 2022 by CareerWave

Volunteering can have a huge positive impact on your life chances. It can help you get your dream job or a place on your chosen course. It will definitely give you a sense of self-fulfilment and personal pride. Need more convincing? Here are 3 solid gold reasons for volunteering;

  1. It feels good to contribute. Lots of us want to feel like we have made a real and positive contribution to our society, the people, the communities we live in and the world we share.
  2. It is good for our career development. Volunteering provides us with the opportunity to develop the most sought after skills for a successful career. Collaborating with others, solving problems, dealing with challenges, becoming resilient, managing change and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds are recognised as key skills for life and work.
  3. It is strongly advised for lots of aspirational jobs. If you aspire to be a doctor, nurse, social worker, police officer, firefighter, journalist, teacher, paramedic, politician or veterinary surgeon then relevant voluntary work will massively enhance your chances of reaching your goal. Whether your career journey takes you through University or an Apprenticeship, your commitment to being a volunteer and the amazing benefits it brings, will stand out on any future application form or C.V.

Want to find out more and how you can get get involved? The following CareerWave recommended websites can help show you the way.

Find a Volunteer Centre

National Citizen Service

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

I Will

Do It Life

V Inspired

Prince’s Trust

Volunteering Matters

Charity Job

Reach Volunteering

VSO International

St. John Ambulance