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Considering voluntary work during the summer?

Published: Thursday 23rd August 2018

10 volunteers holding hands, with volunteer written in the middle

During summer many people find themselves at a loose end. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, in other seasonal work, or simply spending more time at home to look after children during the summer break, there are things you can be doing to increase your employability and career prospects for when you re-enter the workforce, should that be in the autumn or even much later. One activity that could be hugely beneficial is voluntary work.

The good news is, if this sounds appealing to you, there are plenty of voluntary summer jobs out there. What’s more, some of these work opportunities actually end up with people finding their dream job.

Voluntary work can make you more employable

Voluntary work, whether at home or abroad, cannot only be rewarding and enjoyable, it can also give you new perspectives (and opportunities) for the future.

While some voluntary work can mean just a couple of hours per week, more volunteers than ever are going full time. From working in the community to real life work experience in a company, the common factor is that, they set you up with the experience that can give you an added advantage when looking for many types of work in future, especially retail jobs and customer service jobs.

Other benefits

People have some of their most memorable experiences doing voluntary work and summer jobs. Since summer is when most people are on holiday, there can be excellent opportunities to do something for your community.  For example, in cultural roles, such as working at local museums or tourist attractions. This is a great way to gain experience in a people-facing role, experience that can be used in sales retail jobs or customer service jobs in future.

Typically, volunteer work tends to be fairly flexible, so it should be easy enough to get it to fit in with your other commitments. If you’re a student, it’s a good time to volunteer abroad and get experience of other countries and cultures – useful when it comes to your career down the line. It’s something many employers look for on a CV.

Volunteering can also be a good networking tool. The people you work with, and for, can become friends for life.

Who is to say they won’t coming looking for you, when a paid opportunity arises in future? What’s more, while volunteering, you may find a new interest or skill that you’d like to take further – one that might even make your reconsider your future career options.

How to find summer voluntary work

There are voluntary work opportunities during the summer all over the UK.

Whether you looking for jobs in London, jobs in Manchester, jobs in Sheffield, or elsewhere, a good place to start is a job board or job site. Of course, you can always download the Zoek App (see links below) for quick easy access to the latest seasonal and part time jobs while you’re out and about.

At the end of the day, voluntary work is not only rewarding and good for your CV, it can make you feel good about yourself, boosting self-esteem and confidence.

Zoek has volunteering jobs available!

Remember, you can also search, swipe and apply for jobs on the go on our Zoek App – Free to download on iOS and Android. 


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