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Volunteer work presents an excellent way for Life and Environmental students to learn about the world of work and develop new skills and knowledge relevant to your field of interest.
Although many graduates have some experience of the workplace through part-time and temporary employment, it can be difficult to gain really relevant experience that links directly to your area of study. It can be vital in the competitive graduate recruitment market to be able to demonstrate that you have gained specific work related experience. This can give you the advantage over candidates who have not done so.
Volunteer work is available in a wide range of areas related to degree areas within the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science including: Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Community Development Services, Environmental Planning and Infrastructure Planning.
Volunteering is a very effective way of making a tangible contribution to the community. Many community organisations depend on volunteers to undertake their valuable work and could not operate without such assistance. Work experience, on the other hand, is not necessarily to do with community based work. It is more concerned with exposure to very specific and relevant types of work environments.
The benefits of volunteering and work experience are many, and include:
Who should I approach if I am interested?
Some places to start your volunteer search:
For more information visit the Conservation Volunteers Australia website.