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This free course, Using Voluntary work to get ahead in the job market, explores how engaging in voluntary work can enhance your employment opportunities
By the end of this free course, you should be able to:
- identify your objectives;
- assess what you have to offer;
- balance these against a practical framework of your personal circumstances;
- explore a range of reference sources to select what is most relevant;
- prepare an action plan, including evaluation of achievements;
- produce ongoing strategies to develop your voluntary work;
- understand employers’ requirements and match the skills you acquire;
- articulate and present the evidence of these skills effectively in job seeking.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Why do it?
- 2 What can I offer?
- 3 What would suit me?
- 4 Getting started
- 6 Impressing employers
- 7 FAQs
- 8 Sources of references
- Keep on learning
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Using Voluntary work to get ahead in the job market
Any local newspaper describes the latest achievements of volunteers in the community: hospital fund-raising, a wildlife pond created. The advantages to the community are obvious, but this unit explores how engaging in voluntary work can enhance your employment opportunities.
It will focus mainly on how voluntary work can improve job prospects, for those actively job seeking or considering a career change. Employers are impressed by volunteering, but many volunteers don’t appreciate what relevant skills they’ve gained or know how to present them in applications and interviews. We will explore practical strategies to make the most of your voluntary experience and give you the edge in the job market.
- Why do it?
- What can I offer?
- What would suit me?
- Getting started
- Next steps
- Impressing employers – how to articulate the benefits and value of voluntary experience
- Sources of references
By the end of this free course, you should have a full appreciation of the range of voluntary work possible and an awareness of the different ways it can help you meet your objectives whether personal or job related.
This unit is from our Open University archive. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in.
This unit is also available in Welsh on Openlearn Cymru.
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Originally published: Thursday, 21st August 2014
Last updated on: Thursday, 21st August 2014
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