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Become a volunteer

Volunteering, a great way to build your skills and do something worthwhile

 

Just left school, college or university? It’s much harder to get a job if you have limited work experience but volunteering could be the answer with many charities, non-for-profit organisations and your local community needing your help.

 

It’s a great way to build up practical and general life skills that will show potential employers you mean business! From team-working, problem solving and people skills to gaining hands-on practical experience, it can build your confidence and feel good to help others too. A win-win situation!

 

There are many reasons you might want to volunteer within an industry or gain insight into particular job roles including:

Gain direct experience

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes - charities need volunteers to help carry out their services, the perfect chance to pick up or hone new skills.

Working as part of a team

There’s more to experience than you think. Employers value teamwork, problem solving and perseverance. These more general life skills can all be learnt and demonstrated through all kinds of volunteering experiences.

Meet new people

You never know who you will meet when you volunteer. Jobs are regularly acquired through friends and connections. Putting yourself in situations with new people can be hugely beneficial to your employment chances. Get out there, show the world why you are the perfect employee.

Confidence

Volunteering does wonders to your mental wellbeing, crucial at a moment when confidence and perseverance are so important. If you have some time on your hands before finding your next opportunity, volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and positive time out from your own concerns.

  • Need some inspiration for your career options?
    With so many career choices, it can be hard to decide! Use the links below to find the right path for you. Skillsometer - discover what jobs you might like to do Icould - discover your personality and what jobs might suit you NCS Skills Assessment - discover your skills and what jobs might suit you Careers Pilot Go Construct - construction specific Prospects Job Services - for graduates Target Careers UCAS
  • Not sure how to start? Check out these useful links to support you
    Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed. Plymouth has lots of growing industries that will have many job openings in the future. One of them could be for you! Find out more. Get your own free Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service. Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities. Find out where to find jobs in Plymouth.
  • Need to talk through your options?
    Pop in and see us on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Barclays in Plymouth Centre or sign up as a member, we'd be happy to help. Or if you'd rather speak to someone on the phone, call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. They can help to identify what career is best for you and the skills that could be useful in a range of different apprenticeship roles.
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