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During your time at University, you have probably heard about opportunities to do volunteer work while you study. But why should you volunteer, and where could volunteering take you?
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose and can be beneficial on your career path. It provides an emotional fulfilment, whether as a telephone counsellor for Lifeline or a volunteer with Red Cross.
It allows you to gain some valuable and necessary experience in the field without having any formal qualifications.
Volunteer is also a great way to get your foot into the door of your chosen career.Many Social Work and Psychology students may join an organisation like Lifeline to get experience in counselling, which helps with skills and training, and allows them to make an educated decision on whether that path is right for them.
Also, if ever an employer asks what makes you so sure that this area is suited to your skills, volunteer work is a solid answer. The people in charge of the volunteer work can even provide references for you, enhancing your employment prospects.
Overall, there are many ways in which students can be benefit from engaging in volunteer work, both in their personal and professional lives. If you find yourself looking at volunteer work and asking “what is in it for me?” I encourage you to consider these points.