VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUR DEGREE

Written by Sarah Ho

 

Practical experience teaches you things that theory cannot. When you volunteer at university, chances are you’ll enhance your degree by gaining real life experience in a field that interests you. Hone in on your skills and do what you enjoy for a cause you are passionate about. Build your CV and increase your employability, developing and aligning your personal, academic, and career goals. And last but not least, learn more about yourself and improve your own quality of life while improving the quality of life for the served community.
Now, how do you make sure I’m volunteering the ‘right way’? Whether you’re a history student or a computer science student, here’s a guide to volunteering for your degree.
The humanities
Students of literature, history, philosophy, psychology… listen up! You are a great writers, thinkers, and communicators. This means you possess skills that are in-demand, no matter where you end up. There are many charities out there that need your critical thinking and research capabilities, and they span from causes like homelessness to foreign aid to social justice and inequality. Most humanities subjects are pretty broad, which means that you would be suitable for a wide variety of roles. Opportunities are endless.
Business management/ Accounting
If you dream of working in a big corporation or starting your own business one day, volunteering will serve you well. Get involved in a leadership or trusteeship role and take the responsibility seriously. Demonstrate professionalism and serious commitment towards your charity and cause. Many charities will write a reference for students upon request. Furthermore, employers love students that show initiative and a sense of civic duty. Talk about your tasks in job interviews, whether they be project management or strategic planning, and show how the experience has allowed you to develop new contacts, skills and expertise aligned with your long-term personal and professional goals. If you want to be an entrepreneur, volunteering can help you gain precious insights into the inner workings of an organization.
Computer science
Computer scientists are sought after in basically every industry, including the third sector. Every charity is trying to leverage technology to raise awareness and garner support for their cause. 92% of NGOs worldwide have a website. Yet, tech continues to be one of their biggest struggles. If you study computer science, your expertise will be invaluable to them. Your theoretical, analytical, and technical skills have an enormous potential to change the world for the better. Put in an hour a week to help them optimize their website, set up their intranet system, improve their social media platforms, or aid them with their data management strategy. With just a little bit of your time, you will be able to make a huge impact on their success as a charity.
Volunteering done the right way is flexible, skills-based, and interest-based. There are opportunities available for everyone, visit Deedmob to take your pick!


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