Turning experience into employment
One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it is great activity through which to learn and develop personal and professional skills, such as confidence, the ability to work as a team, or how to deal with challenging situations. Such skills, and the valuable experience that volunteering brings, can be helpful in gaining employment, for the first time, or in changing careers or in preparing for college or university.
We know that many people choose volunteering to purposefully
assist them on their path to employment or education, particularly
young people, who may get involved in volunteering to help them
learn about the world of work or find out more about a career
However, the act of volunteering is one thing, turning this into employment related experience or a personal statement for a UCAS form is another.
To help volunteers of all ages to do this, we worked with WCIA to develop a simple presentation and infographic that could be used to help volunteers understand what they have gained from volunteering and turn it into language that could be used on a CV, in a personal statement or in an interview.
This resource is now available here as an infographic and presentation.
The resource can be used by volunteers themselves or used as a tool by someone that supports volunteers in most settings.
WCVA welcomes feedback on their tools and resources, so please get in touch to let us know if this works for you or your volunteers or if you think improvements could be made.