Volunteer Record

Create a Volunteer Record 

Don't just volunteer! Keep a record of what you get up to by logging the skills you develop along the way. Creating a Volunteer Record can help you:

  • capture your experiences
  • build an evidence base to support your skill development
  • reflect on your activities and what you have learnt from them
  • discover your own strengths and weaknesses
  • develop your c.v.
  • prepare for job interviews

All of these things improve your Employability.

 

What Do We Mean by Employability?

The current concept of employability has been defined as:

"A set of achievements - skills, understandings and personal attributes - that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy." Yorke, M. and Knight, P (2003).  Employability in Higher Education.  Learning and Employability Series.  ESECT:LTSN Generic Centre

How does volunteering help? Well...

You’ll come across as motivated and driven - 80% of employers value volunteering on a CV. (http://timebank.org.uk/key-facts)

The skills you’ll develop are just as important as your degree - 85% of employers say good communication & team-working are the top two skills they look for in graduates. (www.volunteernow.co.uk/fs/doc/Volunteer%20Now%20Youth%20Peer%20Research%20Document%20incl%20front%20and%20back%20covers.pdf)

It can help you get a job and progress in your career  - 87% of UK employers think that volunteering can have a positive effect on getting a job and career progression for the 16-25 age group.;www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and-research/data-and-graphs/local-area-profiles/edinburgh/

 

So start working on your Volunteer Record now!

This is what your record could look like:

 

Hannah Markley
VP Reps and Volunteers
VP Reps and Volunteers

Hannah is ENSA’s Vice President Reps & Volunteers. If you need any information or advice about anything relating to being a rep, campaigns or volunteering, contact Hannah and she will tell you all you need to know.

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