Working as a volunteer can be unpaid work in a workplace; this is useful if you are unemployed and looking to get work experience, stay engaged and remain in the habit of working. This is also sometimes called an Internship.
Volunteering can also be for a charity or on a project of some kind. Volunteering projects are always looking for more people to help them out. You can volunteer alongside education or training or it can be something you do full time or away from home. You can also do a range of different voluntary projects in different settings.
It can be something you do to gain experience while looking for employment or simply to add to your skills, for example, team working or communication. Volunteering is suitable for all young people, regardless of ability; there are many different opportunities that can match your particular skills and interest.
What could this option do for you?
Volunteering gives you the chance to make a difference to others or to your local community.
It can also give you the chance to break into an industry; this is important if you are unemployed and have little work experience, or if you’re newly qualified and need to show employers you also have relevant work experience.
Most volunteers gain confidence, new skills and experiences which will improve their employment prospects.
Volunteering can give you the edge at a college, university or job interview. Don’t forget to add any volunteering experiences to your CV.
What do I need to do now?
If you are interested in volunteering you need to think about what types of work would suit you best, for example charity work, working with children, conservation work, or hospitality. Talking to others who have had volunteer experience is helpful and your school may be able to help.
You need to decide if volunteering full time or part time suits you better in order to plan whether or not you will need to apply for something else as well. Researching the different options available will allow you to make a better choice.
Here are some websites where you can find more information: