The power of work experience or volunteering as a young person 

Getting good grades and trying your hardest to achieve the best you can is very important, but for some of us, we need to take a different path to find our future. But what other ways are there to show potential employers that you’re a committed and hardworking young person? By getting out there and showing them what you can do!

One of the best ways to do this is by getting your hands on some work experience. Any work experience you get will be beneficial, as whatever you do – there’s always so much more to gain than you may realise.  

By taking on work experience you’re showing that:

  • You’ve taken the initiative to find a work placement
  • You are trustworthy (sorting orders, handling cash, dealing with customers etc)
  • You are taking positive steps towards full time employment
  • You’re building your confidence and communication skills
  • You are exploring your interests and gaining valuable skills

You might be lucky and get paid work experience, but don’t always expect it. Work hard and show your value and your work experience placement could develop into a paid role or future job offer.

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Volunteering isn’t just something you can add to your CV to make you look good (although it does!) It’s so much more than that.

Here are just some of the benefits to volunteering:

  • Volunteering for something you care about such as in an animal shelter or care home, will give you an immense sense of satisfaction.
  • You’ll gain valuable insights into the real world of work
  • You can help out your local community and make a real difference to people’s lives
  • You will gain experience and skills
  • It helps with mental health and wellbeing
  • You’ll have a sense of purpose and routine
  • You can meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • You can volunteer while you are still a student

At the end of the day, people helping people is the key to building a strong community and a positive future for ourselves and others. You can even volunteer with us which you can find out about here, and although we may be bias – we think it’s a pretty cool gig.  

Volunteering often won’t materialise into full time employment, as the organisation usually relies on volunteers to keep afloat, but just think of the benefits for them and you. Heading into an interview with a solid catalogue of volunteering hours shows employers you’ve got the drive to succeed and the ambition to progress.

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Where do I start?

When searching for volunteering or work experience opportunities, it can be a little overwhelming, as there’s a lot of information out there. You can find out about volunteering opportunities by visiting your local job centre, searching on the do it volunteering website, or contact us, we’re here to help.

At Inside Success UK, we believe you can do it – you just need to put in the effort and then reap the rewards. We will do everything we can to point you in the right direction, and get the next chapter of your life started.

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