Volunteering is a great way to enhance your time at university, add to your CV and most importantly give something back. Volunteering is an unpaid activity where you’ll usually help out a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Whether you’re looking for a one-off project or a regular opportunity, there are many different ways you can get involved and do something fun and interesting.
You could take on a responsible role for a University club or society, volunteer as a faculty representative, or for an external charity. It’s also a great way to help you decide on which career path to take.
It’s crucial to enhance your CV to make it stand out from the competition. Volunteering or work experience, not only builds your unique selling points, it demonstrates to the employer that you are proactive, motivated and may be the difference between you receiving an interview or not.
Frania Gillen-Buchert, Events Executive, Events Scotland
You can get recognition for your volunteering and extra-curricular activities through our My Stirling Award, which allows you to showcase your skills to future employers. Find out more about the My Stirling Award.
Volunteering can improve your skills in several ways, it can:
- Give you a great sense of achievement and enhance your CV
- Develop skills employers look for e.g. project management, communication and teamwork
- Allow you to meet lots of new people
- Make a difference in your community
- Give you more confidence
- Help you explore an occupation you’re interested in