Volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which can lead to a career change. Benefits to working as a volunteer include:

  • Employers are impressed by volunteering

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience

  • Developing existing skills and knowledge

  • Enhancing a CV

  • Improving your employment prospects

  • Gaining an accreditation

  • Using your skills and knowledge to benefit others

 Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer:

  • Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly

  • Make a difference to the lives of others

  • Help the environment

  • Help others less fortunate or without a voice

  • Feel valued and part of a team

  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle

  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

 For some people volunteering appeals because of its social benefits:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends

  • A chance to socialise

  • Getting to know the local community

Volunteering and Qualifications

If you are thinking of studying at university, volunteering can add the vital piece to make you stand out from the other applicants. It shows a proactive and enthusiastic attitude, and a positive work ethic. In addition, there are some higher education courses that require experience as part of the application (for example, Nursing), so volunteering can be a vital part of career progression.


Volunteering Links:

Mansfield CVS

Local Voluntary Organisations

Nottingham Community and  Voluntary Service

Volunteering England

Volunteering Scotland

Volunteering Wales

Jersey Charities

Guernsey Charities

Volunteering Matters – Community Volunteering


If you need any further help or advice, please contact the Careers and Employability Team