Volunteer? Why not?

Volunteering – A Saviour

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Youth Ambassador Representative of 2014, Indy,  shared with YEUK why she volunteers and what she has gotten out of all of the volunteer opportunities she has put her self forward for while she was studying.

An important aspect that has helped me throughout my educational journey is partaking in various volunteering activities.

I firmly believe that, without the experiences that I have gained throughout my volunteering journey, I would not have gained as much knowledge anywhere else.

During my time as a volunteer for Amnesty International, I was able to gain an inordinate amount of insight and knowledge in to how the charity sector is organised and functions. It provided me with a sense of self-belief and confidence too.

It is very easy, especially during your time spent at school or sixth form, to start doubting or even losing a sense of self-assurance. Due to the emotional and mental stress during exams, lack of support from educational or simply not yet understanding career aspirations. During my time at high school, I was constantly disappointed in my academic performance I began to think of myself negatively. But By simply dedicating some time to help others and giving back to my community, I began to believe in myself again.

Whilst volunteering at a Rainbow’s center, I was given the opportunity to assist with organising weekly activities and events for the children. The experience provided me with the opportunity to gain an enormous amount of skills, which have become beneficial, especially when applying for a job or for during an interview.

The notion of volunteering can be seen in a rather undesirable way, nevertheless for me the happiness and gratitude I gain from volunteering is truly amazing. It helped me realise the potential I have and instilled within me a desire to continue to work hard and to never stop trying.

Volunteering, can also show prospective employers, how dedicated and committed you can be by devoting some of your time to help a particular organisation or project. Most importantly, in my view, it allows an individual to appreciate their capabilities and inspires them to perceive situations in a more positive light.

There will be obstacles a student may have to face during their educational journey, but it is important to constantly remind yourself that you are not the only one going through this. Volunteering allows you to tackle certain dilemmas in an increasingly positive manner; through the positive state of mind it helps individuals to gain. It has changed my life tremendously and I will always be grateful and thankful for the amount of opportunities and support each and every volunteering experience has provided me with. It will open a numerous amount of pathways for you to achieve your career aspirations and dreams. By helping others, you are also helping yourself grow and become the person you desire to be.

If you would like to volunteer with YEUK and become a Youth Ambassador get in touch with sylvia@youthemployment.org.uk

 

 

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