Five reasons for volunteering


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Vision and Hearing Sciences
Course: BOptom (Hons) Optometry
Category: Vision and hearing sciences

29 January 2018

Your student years will be the perfect time to do something amazing for yourself and others. There're a lot of people who might need your help. If you're unsure about where to volunteer and what to do, our Students' Union can help.

You can tell the Union what you're looking for, for example, what kind of opportunities, or you want to get involved in helping elderly or children. There's always a charity that supports a cause personal to you, and which will inspire you.

There're many reasons to get involved with volunteering, and I have collected some for you.

Helping others

The primary purpose of volunteering is helping others. It is important to always bear in mind that our community needs us to help the less fortunate.

Learning new skills

You may develop new skills by trying new things. You can develop your communication and social skills in a professional setting. Skills what you'll need in your future career or your daily life. You can also gain some customer service experience if you are volunteering at a charity shop, for example.

Putting it on your CV

Furthermore, it is an excellent opportunity to get experience and develop your CV. You can choose to do something that is close to your studies and chosen career. It's an excellent way to show your ambition and tenacity to your future employers. Doing unpaid work can also show that you care and you're willing to help out in your community.

Going abroad

Some programs can take you elsewhere abroad to so volunteering work. This is a great chance to explore new and exciting countries while improving your skills. It's also an excellent way to discover more about our world without paying a lot.

Gaining new qualifications 

Last but not least, one of the best things you can get out of volunteering is getting additional qualifications for free. Some organisations will offer additional training to volunteers, especially which support children. These may lead to an accreditation too. Make sure you ask what opportunities are available in this field. The University is also running training sessions for volunteering, so do keep an eye on it.


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