Skills to Develop
One of the biggest benefits of volunteering is the ability to develop various skills in a real world setting and gain practical experience that will aid you in whatever you do after University. Think about which of your skills might need developing and have a browse of the opportunities that could help.
Communication means the ability to build relationships, deal with challenging people, talk and listen to different types of people, use social media effectively, write engaging copy for a website or publication, deliver presentations or speeches, using good email etiquette, and writing easy to understand essays, reports and other factual documents.
Digital Literacy means knowing how to use common software programs, being able to learn how to use new software easily, using graphic design programs, competence at basic computer tasks, programming and app development, wesbite design, and effective use of social media.
Emotional Intelligence means being able to empathise with others and take their perspective, recognising others' feelings and adapting your behaviour, regulating your emotions in appropriate ways, having a positive attitude, being open to new things, and being aware of the effect you have on other people around you.
Entrepreneurship means being able to create project or business plans, understanding how organisations work, strategising, knowing the sector you are working in, having a good work ethic, taking responsibility for your actions, networking and developing business relationships, pitching ideas, negotiation and persuading.
Global Citizenship means campaigning and awareness raising activities, engaging with political systems, community organising, taking part in local decision making, volunteering abroad or getting to know other cultures, speaking more than one language, and understanding the globalised world.
Leadership means being able to make appropriate decisions in a timely manner, keeping to your word, inspiring others, creating project plans, organising teams and allocating resources, being willing to take on challenges, keeping to deadlines, managing your workload and prioritising tasks.
Problem Solving means the ability to think critically and assess ideas, evaluate ideas and strategies, lateral thinking, logistical thinking, conducting research and framing problems, using analytical tools and being able to break complex problems down into manageable parts.
Team-working means working with others to achieve a shared goal, understanding the different roles that group members play, being able to adapt to new roles, maintaining group cohesion, dealing with competing ideas within a group and diffusing conflict, making sure different voices are heard, facilitating group decisions, and knowing how effective teams work.