Volunteering is a great way to gain skills and experience that will enhance your CV and help you get started in your chosen career.
Volunteering greatly enhances your employability potential. Employers now actively seek evidence of volunteering when they select candidates for interview.
'73% of employers said they would rather employ someone with voluntary experience than someone without. 58% of employers say that voluntary work experience can actually be more valuable that experience gained in paid employment.'
(Timebank Survey, Association of Graduate Recruiters)
Volunteering can be personally rewarding and offers you an invaluable opportunity to enhance your skills, knowledge and experience alongside your university studies. By building up generic skills outside of your subject of study you can fit into the workplace more easily.
We advertise volunteering opportunities on our online vacancy service, where students can log in to search for opportunities, by filtering using categories in work sectors, location and hours, etc. Students can also arrange to discuss volunteering with the Student Adviser responsible for volunteering, or be referred over by a Careers Practitioner who considers taking part in volunteering to be beneficial to the student.
Volunteering using the CES Service opportunities and resources can help you gain relevant employability skills by; gaining practical work experience and transferable skills, help you get noticed by employers and make a difference to your personal and professional development.
Volunteering can provide you with a set of varied skills and experience to draw upon to enhance your CV – you can book an appointment with a Careers Coach or Advisor who can help you translate your skills and experience gained from volunteering into your CV’s, job applications and also your interview responses.
Volunteering can also help you in applying for SuPA, the Sunderland Professional Award; an accredited award that rewards you for the skills and experience that you gain through participation in activities outside the lecture theatre. By volunteering you are showing commitment outside of your studies, which will help to contribute towards the SuPA application process.
The Professional Mentoring Scheme links with students who are interested in working in a particular role or work sector. Volunteering may lead you to create new networks and contacts, helping you establish relationships with key people. They may already be part of the scheme or decide to sign up to the scheme and support you in obtaining more of an insight into your chosen career.
To support you with your volunteering journey and your career pathway you can book one-to-one appointments in Guidance, CV and Applications, Interview Coaching and also Assessment Centre sessions. Sunderland Futures is here to help you enhance your employment prospects after you graduate.