Volunteering can make you more employable. Getting out there in the community can help you build the sorts of skills that you’re going to need in a fast-changing and competitive jobs market:
- Problem Solving
- Cognitive flexibility
- Emotional Intelligence
Source: EY Future Skills
Pick the right role and boost your employability
Step 1: Think about your strengths and weaknesses, using the above five skills areas as a starting point. If you want to go even further, use our Key Skills Grid.
Step 2: Now identify a handful of areas you’d like to work on – both strengths and weaknesses.
Step 3: Also think about whether there are any technical skills or types of experiences you’ll need for your chosen career. If you’ve not already spoken to UCL Careers, now would be a good time to do so!
Step 4: Now have a look at what’s on offer and see what will help you get the skills and experiences you need. Or just drop us an email and we’ll send you some suggestions from our current vacancies list.
What have other students done?
Lara Parienti is a BSc Applied Medical Sciences student and a Patient Anti-Boredom Volunteer at the UCH Cancer Centre. She learnt more about how the NHS works and feels she’s become more emotionally resilient.
Dan Hadary is a MSc Public Policy student and a Data & Questionnaire Analyst Volunteer for Kingsgate Community Centre. The role gave him a lot of autonomy and he gained experience in dealing with a really diverse range of people.
Ellen Sowerby is a BA History student, based in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and volunteered with CLIC Sargent. She gained experience working as part of a team and in liaising with Members of Parliament, getting an insight into public policy work.
Ilaria Gimondi is a Chemical Engineering PhD student, and volunteers at the Science Museum in Kensington. She has broadened her science communication skills, as she has to discuss concepts with a really wide range of people.
Also, read our Alumni Stories to see how volunteering has propelled former UCL students into their careers.
Once you’ve starting volunteering
Employers love people who are prepared to do something extra. But what do you really want them to know about you?
When you sit down to write your CV, take a bit of time to think about how volunteering shaped you as a person. What skills have you gained? What stories could you tell to show how you’ve developed?
If you’d like some help with CV writing, or with talking through how to best present your volunteering to employers, do speak to UCL Careers.
Come to a workshop
We run workshops about the best way to present your experience to prospective employers
Find out how to talk about the skills you’ve learnt and identify areas for personal development. It’s also great for identifying the volunteering opportunities that will help you develop the key skills that employers are looking for. Find out how to ensure that your volunteering can give your CV and job applications a boost, and how to improve your chances of getting your dream job.
Our next session will be in Term Two 20-21. To be one of the first to hear about this and our other events, sign up for our newsletter.