Voluntary work helps you choose careers
Volunteering can help you learn new skills and open your eyes to new career options.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
You develop skills
You can gain valuable job hunting skills and experience. You can then add these to your CV!
I volunteered at an animation agency for about a year to learn the trade. It was hard but definitely worth it, and by doing that I met a lot of contacts and that’s helped me.
Animation Production Co-ordinator
You learn what the job is really like
Voluntary work can help you get a feel for what people do in the job and the type of working conditions they have. Even if you find don’t like the job, you've learned something useful!
You learn something about yourself
Voluntary work may help you develop a better picture of yourself. For example, you may find out how you work within a team or how you deal with customers.
I’m a St John’s Ambulance cadet volunteer. I think volunteering is good because you get to be in real-life situations and get an inside look into whether you like a job or not, and you learn different skills.
Ambulance Cadet Volunteer
You demonstrate your interest
By volunteering, you show your interest and enthusiasm for a type of work or organisation. Some employers might even expect you to have done this.
For example, it is unlikely you will be able to get a job as a zookeeper without having done some volunteer work at a local zoo or animal shelter.
Voluntary work can also put you into contact with the right people, who can see firsthand what you are like on the job.
The main thing that helped me was that I had done quite a bit of volunteer work in my spare time around media. For instance, I was a commentator on TV for tennis and softball. I also did radio updates for softball, just volunteering.
Where can I do voluntary work?
There is a wide range of organisations where you can do voluntary work. These include:
- school boards and committees
- youth organisations
- professional interest groups
- not-for-profit enterprises
- cultural and creative groups.
Updated 26 Jul 2016