5 Reasons To Volunteer Whilst Studying At University
October 23, 2016
As an international student, there are many benefits to studying abroad. Volunteering at university is one such benefit, and can be extremely worthwhile for any student. No matter what course you’re studying or what university you’re attending, there should be no shortage of student volunteer opportunities for you to get involved in.\r\n\r\nSome people may think that student volunteering would distract from their academic studies but in fact, it can perfectly complement them. It can even make your university life better.Many students combine volunteering with a university club or society.\r\n\r\n
Here’s 5 reasons you should consider volunteering at university:
\r\n \r\n1. Valuable work experience can be gained. Volunteering looks great on your CV and can catch future a employer’s eye. It shows you’re reliable, committed and driven which are all skills the employers look for in an ideal candidate. \r\n\r\nWriting them down on your CV is all good and well but volunteering experience demonstrates it in a much better way. It can also help you develop and learn valuable skills in preparation for the world of work that can set you apart from your competitors.\r\n\r\n2. It can broaden your horizons. You may initially start student volunteering to give back to the community. But by doing so you are instantly broadening your world and opening yourself up to new experiences, opportunities and ideas that you otherwise might not have been exposed to. \r\n\r\nYou may even find that volunteering helps you discover the career path you want to take once you’ve completed your studies. Or you could just discover a fun new way to spend your time.\r\n\r\n3. You can make important contacts. There is a saying that ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ It implies that making contacts and networking is more important than academia. Of course, we don’t think that’s the case, but it is true that having contacts in the world can work in your favour. \r\n\r\nVolunteering at university allows you to make important contacts that could be useful to you later in life. Maybe you’ll hear about a job opportunity before it gets advertised? Or you’ll stick in someone’s mind when they’re looking to fill a position.\r\n\r\n4. Your confidence will grow. Volunteering at university is a great way for you to grow your confidence in a safe environment. If you’re particularly shy it can be really helpful in building communication skills. \r\n\r\nBy volunteering, you’ll learn how to interact with a variety of different people. Confidence comes from experience which volunteering gives you.\r\n\r\n5. It’s just a great thing to do. Volunteering, no matter what kind of volunteering it is, is a great thing to do for society. Giving up your time for a worthy cause can do good in the world – and everyone should give back whenever they can. \r\n\r\nWhilst you’re at university, you have more time to give. More so than when you enter full-time work. So volunteering at university makes sense.\r\n\r\nWhether you’re looking to volunteer at a charity, a club, a society or on a specific campaign, there will be no shortage of student volunteer opportunities. You can dedicate as much as your time as you like, or keep it casual. It’s entirely up to you.