Introducing the voluntary sector
Introducing the voluntary sector

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Introducing the voluntary sector

Week 8: Next steps for working and learning in the voluntary sector


Congratulations on reaching the final week of the course! Hopefully you will have developed an understanding of the voluntary sector and gained useful insight into how your own experience fits with the issues covered.

This week you will have an opportunity to consolidate your learning and think about your next steps in working or volunteering in, or other engagement with, voluntary organisations. You will reflect on what you have learned and think about what your next steps might be in terms of working, volunteering and learning. You will also find out about how to learn from experience and, in particular, how a ‘learning cycle’ can be applied to your work or volunteering experience.

In the following video, Julie introduces you to Week 8.

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You’re on the last week of the course now, and this week you’ll do a longer quiz that will count towards your badge.
Throughout this course, you’ve been asked to think about how the issues and topics relate to organisations you’re familiar with. This week, we’ll build on this but in a different way by exploring how you can learn from your work volunteering or other experience with voluntary organisations.
Depending on your circumstances, these reflections on work and learning will help you in thinking about getting a new job or volunteering experience in the voluntary sector, improving your current work performance, making the most of your volunteering, or enhancing promotion prospects. You’ll also identify any gaps in your skills and knowledge, which will help you in thinking about whether to do any further study, including courses with OpenLearn and The Open University.
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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • reflect on what you have learned on the course
  • make plans for what you would like to do next in terms of further learning, work or volunteering
  • understand the benefits of volunteering
  • identify ways of finding a job or volunteering experience
  • understand the learning cycle approach and apply it.

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