Volunteering

Give a little, gain a lot and prepare yourself for a career in the classroom shaping young minds.

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference to someone and give something back
  • Meet likeminded people, have fun and improve your health and well being
  • Boost your CV, bridge employment gaps, gain referees and future contacts, and improve your employment prospects
  • Develop current skills and gain new skills, knowledge and experience that you can refer to in interviews

Where?

Pick the volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

  • Think about the type of work that suits your career aspirations and personal goals, then research volunteer opportunities to match
  • Think about what you enjoy doing and what skills you could offer
  • Also, think about who you would be working with once qualified, what skills they need you to have to do that, what skills you will need to develop in the meantime and where you could develop these skills

For example, you would like to work in a primary school once qualified, which will require you to have experience with children. Volunteering for a children’s charity which will involve mentoring children would be a great way to get this experience.

How?

Know what you have to offer.

Think about what the organisation would need from you and how you fit those needs. For example, the organisation may need someone who works well in a team, so think about times when you have done this. i.e. During university group work.

Make contact with your chosen organisation by email, phone, social networking sites or any other means of contact.

Don’t be put off if you can’t see any volunteering information on your chosen organisation’s website. Make contact with them and put the idea to them. This will show that you are keen to get involved and that you are a go-getter!

Who can help me?

You’re not alone!

Here at Birmingham City University there are lots of people to help get you on the right track!

Things to think about

  • Remember to maintain a good balance between your academic, work and social life – a skill in itself!
  • You may need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ensure your own personal safety and do not work in any environments you feel unsafe in
  • Be professional. You still need to show up on time or give notice if you are unable to attend

Suggested opportunities