On its fifth consecutive year, the UQ Volunteer Expo is set to take place on August 7. This year's event hopes to be the biggest and best so far, Rebecca McIntosh Careers Advisor said, "Last year 1600 students attended this free event and students not only gained voluntary placements but students were also offered paid employment".
The Expo provides UQ students with an opportunity to discuss Volunteering prospects with organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australian, RSPCA, Heart Foundation and many more. Students can discuss opportunities that fit in with their university timetable and hear directly from the organisation how their recruitment processes work and what volunteer positions are available.
You can find out about over 55 volunteer opportunities on the day and talk directly to the organisation about what sort of commitment is involved. Volunteering is great for your resume. It says a lot about you on your resume if you are prepared to developed your skills in the charity/ not for profit sector.
Volunteering improves your job prospects. Time and time again employers say they look for graduates that stand out. They tell us volunteering is one of the ways to set yourself apart from the pack and they tell us it improves your competitiveness as a prospective employee, with some organisations even weighting extracurricular participation as part of the application process!
It’s a great way to expand your experience if you are a volunteer.
Volunteering gives you warm fuzzies. Through volunteering you can learn a lot about yourself – it’s a great personal development opportunity - cue contemplation pose. It can help you reflect on your career direction and chances are from one experience you will develop the volunteering bug for life.