Volunteering is a great addition to your CV. It is also a good opportunity to meet new people, get out and about and have some fun, and make a difference in the local community.
Reasons to volunteer
Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people's lives, as well as your own.
Whilst you’ll want to make a real difference when you volunteer, it’s not just about what you can do for others. Volunteers get a lot out of the experience too.
Here are some of the things that volunteering can do for you:
Give your CV a boost
Employers value volunteering experience. A survey conducted by TimeBank and Reed.co.uk of 700 of the UK’s leading businesses showed that:
- 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteer experience over one without.
- 94% believe that volunteering adds to skills.
- 58% say that voluntary work experience can often be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment.
Get into work
It’s a great way to get a reference and gain work experience. You can also try out different types of work to get a taster – which can really help you if you’re looking for a job or want to explore career directions.
Improve your confidence
You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to - this can be a real confidence boost.
Improve your health
While you’re busy giving back to your community you could also be getting healthier! Research has found that volunteering can do everything from helping you to sleep better to boosting your immune system.
Meet new people
You’ll probably meet people from different cultures and backgrounds that you might not normally. Volunteering with people who are as passionate about a cause as you are, is a great way to meet like-minded people.
Find out what it’s like from students who’ve done it by reading our volunteer case studies.