Whatever your plans for your future, you may benefit from giving up some of your time to volunteer part-time or full-time or during school, college or university holidays.
You could volunteer in your local community, in another part of the UK or even overseas. Some young people opt to take a year out before they go on to university – some of that time can be spent working on a voluntary project.
You won’t be making money while you are volunteering, although you may get help with expenses – but you will gain personal benefits which will last well after your placement ends. You will be developing your confidence, learning new skills and may even have the chance to get some extra qualifications.
Employers may take extra notice of a job application from someone who has given up their time to volunteer – it shows that you have made the effort to get some work experience and build your employability skills. You will also find that applications to some courses, for example at university, will be greatly helped if you can provide details of relevant voluntary work.
If you want to find out more about how volunteering could benefit you, come and talk to the advisers in the Careers and Enterprise Hub at Skills London or start your research with these websites:
Remember, you will be supporting a good cause which will make you feel valuable but you will also be developing confidence and hopefully having fun!