Have you ever considered volunteering? Your time at university is all about making life-long memories and student volunteering could be just the thing to enhance your university experience. There are many reasons to get involved in voluntary work and here are just a few:
Try something new
If you are looking to have new experiences then volunteering could be just what you are looking for. There are so many ways to get involved, you could find yourself packing people’s bags on a Sainsbury’s till or selling doughnuts on a stand outside your students’ union. You could help run events such as coffee mornings or even fashion shows to help raise money. Not just that, but there are so many volunteering opportunities that will take you around the country or possibly abroad. You could be climbing a mountain, skydiving or helping build facilities for those in need. There’s something for everyone so look out for something you’re interested in. Volunteering can provide once in a life time opportunities and there’s no better time to get involved than whilst at university.
Meet new people
One of the best parts of volunteering is meeting new people. These will be like-minded individuals who will potentially become lifelong friends. You might end up working with someone from a different country or background. There’s so much to learn and share with others who may have different perspectives. If you want to start volunteering but none of your friends are willing to join you, don’t let that stop you. You will meet similar people to share your experience with.
Boost your CV
One of the reasons many choose to take part in volunteering work is the fact that it looks great on your CV. Employers love seeing those extras that make you stand out. It shows your personality, what you care about and also that you are proactive in finding opportunities. Getting involved in volunteering can help you meet people who you can potentially work with in the future, especially if you are looking to work for charities or not-for-profit organisations. Often these opportunities can lead to internships which will look great on a CV. Regardless of what career you are looking to go into, having some sort of volunteering experience will put you above the rest.
Make a difference
Volunteering is all about being a part of the community and making a difference. It’s your chance to do something about the things you really care about. Universities often provide several opportunities for students to access voluntary work. They hold volunteering fairs where you will get the chance to meet all sorts of charities, whether you want to support children, animals, cancer research, the environment or anything else. This is your chance to make a difference.
Improve your wellbeing
Volunteering is good for the soul! You’re not only helping others but you’re also doing something great for yourself. Most people enjoy the act of giving as it makes us feel good. The feeling of being helpful and kind is reflected on our own mindset. It really is rewarding to do something valuable, and it provides a sense of accomplishment that can also improve your self-confidence. There are endless benefits to volunteering that can have a positive impact on your well-being both physically and mentally. So why not give it a try? Student Volunteering Week is all about exploring those opportunities.