Voluntary work helps you choose careers

Volunteering can help you learn new skills and open your eyes to new career options.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

You develop skills

You can gain valuable job hunting skills and experience. You can then add these to your CV!

You learn what the job is really like

Voluntary work can help you get a feel for what people do in the job and the type of working conditions they have. Even if you find don’t like the job, you've learned something useful!

You learn something about yourself

Voluntary work may help you develop a better picture of yourself. For example, you may find out how you work within a team or how you deal with customers.

You demonstrate your interest

By volunteering, you show your interest and enthusiasm for a type of work or organisation. Some employers might even expect you to have done this.

For example, it is unlikely you will be able to get a job as a zookeeper without having done some volunteer work at a local zoo or animal shelter.

Voluntary work can also put you into contact with the right people, who can see firsthand what you are like on the job. 

Where can I do voluntary work?

There is a wide range of organisations where you can do voluntary work. These include:

  • school boards and committees
  • youth organisations
  • professional interest groups
  • not-for-profit enterprises
  • cultural and creative groups.

Updated 15 May 2019