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Volunteering can be the work experience you need

Volunteering is mainly about giving something back to the community and helping others, but it's a great way to help yourself too. You can:

  • Get an insight into an area of work you are interested in
  • Demonstrate commitment to that area of work on your CV
  • Network
  • Gain practical experience to complement your learning at LSE
  • Learn new skills - and put your existing ones to good use
  • Meet new people, get to know your local community, and make new friends
  • Have fun
  • Change your life!

According to a survey by Student Volunteering UK|, 40% of student volunteers are so deeply affected by their volunteering that their career paths take a new direction.

Volunteering can help you land a job in any sector too. Research by Reed employment amongst 200 leading businesses revealed that:

  • 73% of employers would employ candidates with volunteering experience over those without
  • 94% of employers think that volunteering can add skills
  • 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted

Whether you are a undergraduate or postgraduate, whether you have two hours to spare a week or are looking for something to do once in a while on a Sunday morning, volunteering could be for you.

Where can I find voluntary work?

  • The LSE Volunteer Centre is the best place to start for information about finding an opportunity in the UK or overseas.
  • LSE CareerHub is regularly updated with volunteering opportunities
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