Whether or not you are looking to enter the not for profit sector, employers are always looking for transferable skills, and volunteering is a great way to build these, particularly team work and communication. So you can boost your CV whilst having fun and making a difference in the wider community. There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities, so whatever skills and experience you already have, there is likely to be something which you can do.
You can volunteer for a few hours a week or you may decide to undertake a longer period of voluntary work during your vacations or after you graduate. It is possible to volunteer for projects in the UK or combine an interest in travelling and volunteering by working in another country.
Volunteering in the Community
Through Community Connections there are lots of ways to get stuck into volunteering in the local community. Whatever you study or the year you are in, whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate, if you have a couple of days to spare each month or just a few hours, if you want to volunteer by yourself or participate in a mass volunteer event, there’s a volunteering opportunity to suit everyone’s interests and timetables.
UK or abroad
Volunteering in the UK
The ‘Taking a Year Out' section of our website has further details on opportunities to volunteer aboard. There are organisations such as Bunac, Raleigh, Frontier and the International Citizen's Service which will arrange opportunities to volunteer for a variety of projects. Most will charge a fee to cover costs, so ensure that you research the company thoroughly before payment.
How do I sell my volunteering experience to employers?
Employers are interested in more than just academic background and paid work experience. The other activities you are involved in at College can show that you have a variety of skills that employers seek. You can include your voluntary work on your CV but make sure that you can highlight what you did and the skills you gained from the experience. See our web pages on writing a CV for more information.
Examples from your voluntary work can also be used to answer questions on application forms or in interviews when you are asked to give examples of when you have worked in a team, had to organise or plan an activity or had to solve a problem. Find out more about how to create effective answers in the section on application forms.
Finding volunteering opportunities
Browse our links directory for organisations and websites with ideas on volunteering opportunities that you could get involved in.
IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. Volunteers helps in delivering tutoring, mentoring and campus visits.
The Pimlico Connection
Inspire local children to succeed and reach their academic potential to become the next generation of STEM students.
Imperial College Union
Community Connections links Imperial students with the local community through volunteering. Societies also offer opportunities to volunteer.