Think about volunteering to develop your skills
Volunteering may not be paid work but can be a great way to build your skill and experience to help you get back into work.
Voluntary work can help you in a range of ways
It can help you:
- Try a different area of work
- Learn new skills
- Develop skills and experiences you can include on your CV
- Build networks to help you find paid work
- Demonstrate to employers that you are being proactive and keeping busy
- Find something useful to do if you are not in work and feel you are doing something worthwhile
If you are interested in volunteering then visit http://www.do-it.org.uk/ to find out more and to search through one million opportunities to volunteer and apply online
Top Tips to help you start volunteering
- What do you want from volunteering - new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause?
- What do you have to offer - specialist knowledge and skills, other work and life skills, enthusiasm, time?
- Work out roughly how much time you have to give, how many times a week or month
- Browse! The best way to find out what's available is to do some searches on the do-it database
- Remember that everyone can volunteer - whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity
- Ask questions - don't be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity
- Just try it - often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave!