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Being a student isn’t just about attending lectures and partying all night. There are lots of other activities you can do and get involved with that will widen your experiences and set you up for the ‘real world’ after you graduate. One of those things is carrying out voluntary work and helping others in the community. And as this week is Student Volunteering Week 2018 (19th – 25th February), we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the benefits of becoming a student volunteer.

Help others
The reason for you volunteering in the first place is because something needs improving or some people require additional support. So, whether it’s litter picking in the community, putting in a few shifts at the charity shop, spending time with the elderly or providing support at the city’s charity sport event, your help and support can make a huge difference to your community and those around you.

Widen your connections
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and widen your social circle in the process. The people you meet will also have a passion for the cause you’re volunteering for and so it’s likely they’ll share some of the same interests as you. But if they don’t, it’s not a bad thing. Meeting a diverse range of people means there’s a chance for you to learn from them. They may open your eyes to new skills, new ways of thinking and share their own experiences and knowledge with you. And who knows, someone you connect with while volunteering may have a job opportunity for you later down the line!

Enhance your CV
Not only can you expand upon your own knowledge by learning from the people you meet, but the activities and work you do while volunteering will also help widen your skill set and give that CV a boost. Specific skills will vary depending on the extent of the work you’re doing but there are many transferrable skills such as time management, organisation and communication/social skills which will set you up for work in the ‘real world’ as they can be applied to most workplaces.

You’ll feel great
Volunteering is not only good for those you’re helping, but it’s also great for your own well-being. Knowing that you’re doing something valuable for the community or lifting the burden of others, shows that you care and should make you feel pretty good about yourself.

You can find out more about Student Volunteering Week 2018 here.