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.

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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

Where can I find volunteering opportunities?

Visit our online careers website TARGETconnect to see the wide range of volunteering opportunities available.

You can also find out more about environmental volunteers and opportunities on our volunteering Facebook page.

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We have many on-campus activities you can get involved in:

Elsewhere, there’s a wide range of student volunteer opportunities available in Scotland, through Volunteer Scotland, and the UK with Do-it. You could also consider volunteering abroad.

Volunteering overseas

There are volunteering projects around the world. Most will ask for some kind of donation or fee to cover costs, therefore ensure that you research the company thoroughly before giving any money. 

Useful resources:

  • GoinGlobal - information on volunteering, working and living abroad covering over 30 countries.
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) - offers specialist short-term projects and volunteering for 18-25 year olds in over 30 countries
  • Step Together volunteering - you can build a profile of your ideal volunteering project which is then matched against the projects in the database
  • Xchange Scotland - has volunteering experiences in over 40 countries worldwide

Contact the Careers and Employability Service

You can contact us via TARGETconnect.

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