Have a successful summer: Volunteer!
Updated: May 17, 2018
We’re approaching the start of the English Summer. A time of confusion due to the muddle up of the elements (Rain, wind and sun on the same day) and questioning what you’re going to do.
English summers are long when you’re in between studying and haven’t got anything planned. And let’s be honest, most of us were not pro-active in finding a summer gig and now that summer is nearing you feel like you should be doing something!
So why not volunteer?..... “Work for free? Me?”...... Yes, you!
Your voluntary position doesn’t need to be 5 days a week and 9 – 5 for it to be valuable. Immersing yourself in an industry that you have an interest in (or not) for just a day or two each week in the holidays will help you:
1. Gain a greater understanding of the world of work and what you like (and dislike) in a working environment...
This will help you to make informed decisions about what you’d like in the future.
2. Improve your applications whether it be for college, university, apprenticeship or graduate schemes.
Trust me - your future applications will be better for it. Giving examples that actually apply to the working world will add an extra layer of depth.
3. Advance your transferable skills for the future.
We’ll talk more about transferable skills another time!
4. Show that you are committed to bettering yourself.
Imagine how your dream company will react to reading your CV and covering letter and seeing that you used your own time to get some real experience?!
Volunteering for a day or two a week does sound good right? Because it is.
Don’t delay in asking family and friends of your family if they have any opportunities for you to get involved at their workplace for a day or two. Or email charities in your local area. The most anyone will ever say is no.