Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great way to gain relevant work experience and develop new skills while also giving time to a worthy cause.

It can be a particularly useful way to build up skills in certain sectors e.g. health and social care, environmental and heritage work because of the large number of third sector organisations involved.

A survey of 200 of the UK's leading businesses (TimeBank, 2009) showed some of the career benefits of volunteering:

  • 73% said they would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
  • 94% believed that volunteering can add new skills.

Finding an Opportunity - Volunteer Centres

There is a volunteer centre in every region of Scotland. These centres advertise currently available voluntary opportunities, and they can also offer you information and advice on volunteering more generally. The following centres operate within the Highlands and Islands:

Finding an Opportunity - other useful sources of information

International Volunteering

Volunteering with the University

During your time at university there will be opportunities to undertake voluntary roles such as being a class rep, or serving on a university committee. You may also like to consider getting involved with the university's students associations and student clubs and societies.

If you are a graduate from the University of the Highlands and Islands and are interested in volunteering why not help current students by becoming an alumni career mentor? You could help students making the transition to life after university by sharing your insights and experience with them.

Further Information

Watch the Volunteering video we recently created with the help of the university Students' Association, HISA.

The benefits of volunteering.