Whether you’re walking next door’s dog or fundraising for a local charity, there are lots of ways for you to take part in voluntary work which can help to develop your skills for the future.
Volunteering can be a route into employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. Although you are unlikely to get paid for a volunteering role, potential employers will be impressed by what you have gained from the work. Adding your volunteering experiences to your CV can improve your prospects and enhance your first impression on an employer by showing that you have the initiative and motivation that they are looking for.
Benefits of Volunteering?
• Develop new and existing skills and knowledge
• Gain valuable experience
• Grow in maturity, self-awareness and responsibility
• Increase your confidence
• Improve employment prospects
Recent statistics show that 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without and 94% of employers believe that any type of volunteering can add skills.