Does volunteering improve employability?
Book a one-to-one meeting with a careers advisor to support your search in finding a remote volunteering opportunity that will help improve your employability.
When you’ve found a fantastic remote volunteering opportunity, speak with your team lead about what kind of skills you’d like to obtain, what specific responsibilities you’d like to take on, and what insights you’d like to learn from the experience.
Outlining this at the start will guarantee that you get the most out of your experience.
Upon finishing your volunteer work, write reflection pieces in the STAR (situation, task, action, result) format to help you find the link between your experience and your career goals.
Doing this will help you to highlight demonstrable examples of good teamwork skills, effective decision making, leadership skills and so forth in job application and interviews to show that you are fit for the role.
If you are unsure about how to connect your volunteering experience with your job aspirations, speak with your personal tutor or the careers service about transferrable skills.
For example, if you volunteered as a video editor for a charity but want to work in public relations, a career advisor can help you adapt that experience to fit within a PR role.
Video editing involves a lot of creative problem-solving skills that are an essential criterion for a successful public relations professional.
In short, remote volunteering helps to improve your employability by providing you with skills and knowledge that can be transferred to future careers.
If you’re looking for a graduate job and have some great volunteering experience, check out the Give a Grad a Go jobs board for the best UK jobs for graduates!