In a recent survey, 80% of employers valued volunteering on a graduates' CV, and associated it with higher income in later life.
New to volunteering
If you are new to volunteering please go to the Student Volunteering page to learn about volunteering and why we encourage and support all students to get involved. You should also read experiences and stories from our volunteers to see the impact volunteering can have.
Before you start volunteering
Take some time to reflect on where you are with your plans for your chosen career. Speak to a Careers Consultant and identify the areas of your skills and experiences that you need to develop and how and where volunteering might come in handy.
Use tools such as Potential.ly to get to know yourself better and enhance your understanding of yourself, such as your individual preferences, gaps in your skills and experience vs your chosen industry. You can then outline the steps that you will need to take to get yourself ready for your future career.
Choosing the right volunteering opportunity
Volunteering is as diverse as the millions of people who do it. So whatever your background or interests, there’s bound to be something that’s a great fit.
Each volunteer role is a stepping-stone for your personal development – one is great, but two or three are better. Go back to tools like Potential.ly or speak to a Careers Consultant again to find out the extent of your learning and, depending on the outcome, figure out what your next step is.
Update your CV
It is important to reflect on your volunteer experience and ensure that your skills and experience are clearly visible on your CV.
Where to find support
You may also want to attend our annual volunteering fairs – the FST Volunteering & Work Experience Fair and the Westminster Volunteering and Work Experience Fair, which take place in October and February of each academic year. Sign up to our mailing list or visit our volunteering blog to stay updated with the latest volunteering news and events.