Edge Hill University Volunteering

By | 29th May 2017

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Edge Hill University Volunteering

Edge Hill University Volunteering

Volunteering

 

Employability

Volunteering4As well as your degree, employers are interested in your transferable and job specific skills.  Volunteering offers a way of acquiring these skills and can help your job application stand out from other candidates.

Volunteering can be be a route to employment, or a way to try something which may help you choose a career. It also provides a great opportunity to give something back to the community.

Flexible Opportunities

You can volunteer from a couple of hours per month to a couple of days per week. Find out more in the Student Volunteering Handbook.

Networking

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to establish a network of contacts, as you work with and for people. These contacts may provide references, or links to future employment.

Community Benefit

Volunteering has a positive impact on your community. Many volunteers give their time in order to give something back to the community they live in or to causes they care about.
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73% of employers would employ someone with volunteering experience over someone without

 

 

 

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51% of graduates said volunteering helped them to secure employment1

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Volunteering

Employability

Voluntary work can help you:
  • Gain vital work experience
  • Gain new skills and develop existing ones
  • Gain accredited training
  • Go into paid work with the same organisation
  • Build up a network of contacts
  • Get a professional reference
  • Get the edge over other applicants for jobs

Remember, when you graduate you will have a valuable qualification. If you can combine this qualification with the skills, confidence and experience needed for the career of your choice, you will be a stronger contender when applying for jobs.

Personal Development

Volunteering can help you:
  • Make career decisions by trying different roles
  • Improve your confidence
  • Give something back to your community
  • Build your self-esteem
  • Find out what you’re passionate about

As a volunteer, doing a valuable job in a real workplace can help you see yourself as a professional, and give you extra confidence which you can carry forward into your graduate career.

Quality of Life

Volunteering gives you chance to:
  • Join in activities you really enjoy
  • Get to know your local community
  • Make new friends
  • The ‘feelgood factor’ – knowing you’re helping other people
  • Have fun

Volunteering isn’t all about improving your career prospects – it’s also about enjoying yourself! You might want to volunteer in a role that’s not related to your studies at all, simply because it’s something you love. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in university life and the local community, and to make friends who share your interests.

Contact

Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 4QP
United Kingdom

+44(0)1695 575171