Finding your career with volunteering

Finding the right career path can be a daunting prospect. Some people have a very clear idea of what they want to achieve but need that bit of guidance to help them plan how to do it. For others, they may have absolutely no idea what they want to do and seeking the right help and support to look at all their options can be invaluable.

When looking at careers, gaining the right skills and experience for that path are vital; some careers require very specific skills and experience.

Many people don’t realise that volunteering can actually be a great career starting point. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • It can be the perfect opportunity to test or find out more about a career you may be interested in without making a full commitment.
  • It provides an opportunity to gain additional training and in many cases, awards or accreditation and it enhances a CV.
  • Experience is important but volunteering experience tells a potential employer that you are committed enough to your career to willingly give your time to gaining the experience.
  • Many employers view volunteering experience as a sign of maturity and as evidence of a range of skills that would be valuable in employment.

These pages offer useful guidance to help you through the process of finding a volunteering placement and in getting the most from it.

You can also download our quick tips to help with your career path.

Good luck!

We hope that this guide has been helpful in getting you to think a bit more about volunteering, how it can help you in your career and how to make the most of the experience to do this. Don’t forget you can find your volunteering placement, get in touch with an advisor or get involved in general at

If you found this helpful you may also find the Open University’s Using Voluntary work to get ahead in the job market a useful resource.

Down load the guide in full as a PDF

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