Step 2: Getting a placement
Application: Sometimes the first step is to complete a brief application form telling the organisation a bit more about you.
The interview: Next you may meet with the person responsible for volunteers at the placement. This may be an informal chat or a more formal interview. The interviewer will be interested in why you want to volunteer, what you want to get from the placement and what skills experience you have. They should also take this opportunity to tell you about the rest of the process and what may be involved in the placement including any training or development prospects there may be.
Top Tip! Make the most of this opportunity to tell the organisation about you, what you have to offer but also what you hope to get from the experience. If at the start they are aware that you want to use this to help develop your career they can talk through how they may be able to help and start to think about what opportunities they may be able to provide. Remember that ultimately they are looking for volunteers to help them and to make a difference but many organisations also understand that their volunteers also want to get something from the experience and are willing to help you do this.