The benefits of volunteering
Many people may not consider volunteering as it is unpaid, but it isn’t important to future employers whether your work experience is paid or unpaid. In fact, volunteering looks fantastic on your CV, as it says something about you as a person that you are prepared to work on an unpaid basis to support a community, for example, and develop personally. As with other work experience opportunities, it is a great way to improve your organisational and cultural awareness and build up contacts. There are many ways to find volunteering opportunities. You can search websites such as https://do-it.org/ for a wide variety of roles or go directly to the charity or organisation you want to support to ask about volunteering opportunities.
LJMU also runs volunteering projects in schools and colleges for students to get involved with. For other opportunities outside of a school/college environment, there is a service for students called Volunteering Liverpool. LJMU is a part of the partnership running this service along with Liverpool Students’ Union, Liverpool Guild of Students, Liverpool Hope University, The City of Liverpool College, and Volunteer Centre Liverpool. The Volunteering Liverpool website offers volunteering opportunities for all students in Liverpool across a variety of areas such as arts, health, environment, sport and many more.
LiverpoolSU/JMSU also offer volunteering opportunities for students so check out their website to see what they have on offer.
Volunteering is something that all students strive to undertake. It is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience that would be difficult to do at another point in life. Make sure you try and complete a wide range of voluntary or paid work experience as it is invaluable. Employers will look for any work experience and it definitely makes your CV stand out.
Help and support available to you:
LJMU Student volunteering fairs
LJMU host Student Volunteering Fairs twice at a year where you can meet and engage with a range of voluntary organisations and secure a voluntary role that helps make a positive impact in your local community and also enhances your employability. Check out our events website for details of when the fairs are taking place.
To arrange some volunteering or get more information you can contact LJMU Volunteering Manager Chris Prescott or telephone on 0151 904 6356.
Download our career mini guide
For further information about getting voluntary work download our handy guide from the resources page.