Volunteering at university - it's often one of the most fruitful endeavors you can undertake during your degree. However, it's sometimes still associated with imagery of bucket shaking in the rain and lost weekends. Here at the Daily Wiz we want to update this mindset and give a few reasons why giving some of your time at university could really be your chance to get ahead...
Learn more than how to hold a bucket
During your time at university you'll probably come across a multitude of different fundraising opportunities - these come in the form of RAGs, charity projects or even dedicated charity societies
(e.g Cancer Research UK society). While these guys will often need people to hold buckets in city centres, they will need help in other areas too. This includes graphic design, event organisation
(big and small) and even website maintenance
. These can be are one-off requests and sometimes they can be year-long roles on a committee - it's your choice for how involved you want to get!
You never know who you might meet
Just like in many other walks of life, you never know when that next opportunity is going to come along. Yet, we all know they come along a bit quicker if you're proactive and determined
. Volunteering shows a willingness to make a difference
, which can often put you one step ahead when applying for a job
It's also quite common that if you're working directly with charities, you could come across your next summer placement
. These can often be organised well after the usual summer placement deadlines - find out more here
. If you're really on the ball, this could even evolve into a possible post-university position
- volunteering can be the perfect way to get your foot in the door
Get those hours logged!
If you're involved in fundraising or help with charity projects at university, you can often log your volunteering hours
. This means that the university will be aware that you've put your time into volunteering
. Consequently, when you graduate
, along with your academic transcript you'll have a document listing your total volunteering hours
- perfect if you need to prove that you're a star volunteer (or just need an extra advantage for a job application!) The logistics behind the scheme will vary between universities, so it's worth doing a bit of research to see how yours works.
Sweet sweet charity gear!
Just speak to anyone who volunteers with charities at university or has gone on to work in one - the amount of t-shirts you get is crazy. You'll never be without a spare shirt again!
There we go! Hopefully we've shaken up your old mindset on volunteering and convinced you that it's the perfect way to get ahead. If you're still a bit unsure, then why not get in touch with your students' union to find out more? You could even try a few hours and see how you feel.