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Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market
Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

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2 What can I offer?

2.1 Introduction

'All experiences count and are valuable and no one should push those aside. It really doesn't matter where that experience was gained. It's about what you learnt from it… don't devalue yourself. Recognise the importance of what you've done.'

Ruth Stokes, KPMG on the voluntary work section of the OU Careers Advisory Service website

Many people are indeed unaware of just how much they could offer the community or a good cause, and underestimate their strengths and experience.

You need to assess your skills, experience, interests and then balance all of this against your practical circumstances and any possible constraints. The worksheets have lots of suggestions and prompts and you should find this an encouraging exercise.