How Student Volunteering Can Boost Your CV

Did you know that 73% of employers say they would rather employ someone with voluntary experience than someone without?

Volunteering is a great way for students to add work experience to their CV whilst also giving something back to society and the local community. Most universities in London will help you find the perfect volunteering placement for you.

Four Reasons to Become a Student Volunteer

  • Add work experience to your CV – team working, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Network with businesses and make contacts
  • Give something back to your local community

There are 1,000s of great volunteering opportunities in London, from being a part of the Olympic Games to helping new students at your university.

The Olympic Volunteer

James Xu is an undergraduate student at University College London from China (pictured). He is currently volunteering with LOCOG, the organisation responsible for organising the London 2012 Olympics. He is one of 70,000 Olympic volunteers who will help the city prepare for and host the greatest show on earth.

“Volunteering has changed my life,” he told us. It was while volunteering at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that James decided to follow the Olympic Flame to London and study in the city.  He explains, “Volunteering makes a difference to the wider community and makes other people’s lives better.” And as a student in a new city, volunteering is also a great way to make new friends.

Become a Student Ambassador

You can volunteer at most London universities to become a student ambassador. As an ambassador your work will be varied, from welcoming new students to helping with marketing projects. You’ll often work in teams and becoming a student ambassador is a great way to meet new people and also understand more about how your university works.

How to Find Volunteering Opportunities

You university’s career’s office usually has a list of volunteering opportunities in London. They will give you advice on which roles you are most suited for and also introduce you to the organisation offering the volunteering position.

You can also search for voluntary work in London yourself. There are lots of great online databases you can search to find voluntary work. The best and most comprehensive is do-it.org which has 1,000s of volunteering opportunities for you too choose from.

Read more advice about being a student in London

Video – The Benefits of Student Volunteering

6 comments on “How Student Volunteering Can Boost Your CV

  1. Mackay Bavugize says:

    I have accounting background and I would like to boost my cv:
    I would like to learn about training kids i football.
    I have football coach training background for kids from 6-8 years.

    I would like to learn about security industry.

  2. I checked your website and I would like to know if you can provide free training in order to build my cv in secutity industry and in football coaching.

  3. Study London says:

    Hi Mackay – we’re not a university so we don’t offer any courses. You could try look for volunteering opportunities in your local community. Good luck.

  4. Brans says:

    Iam studying an MBA and want to do some voluntary works to gain more experience, can you help me out?

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