What is it?
- Unpaid work
- Generally with not-for-profit or community based organisations both in Australia and overseas
- Can also be positions of responsibility within clubs and societies, many of which can be found on campus
- Can be related to either personal or professional interests and goals
Why do it?
- To gain valuable experience and put your skills to work in a field related to your studies
- To develop your employability skills
- To develop contacts in a field relevant to your career goals
- To make a contribution to society in accordance with your personal values
- To help your resume stand out from the crowd
Graduate employers prefer to hire 'well-rounded' graduates. This means they look for graduates who have not just performed well academically, but have been engaged in a variety of activities other than their studies.
Where do I find it?
- Thousands of opportunities are advertised on these national and international volunteering websites
- The Australian Council for International Development website lists volunteer opportunities with non-government organisations
- University of Sydney Clubs and Societies
- Use your networks to create your own opportunities in a relevant field, for example, if you are a member of a sporting club you could volunteer to create a newsletter for members or assist them with their bookkeeping