Spotlight on Volunteering

5 Reasons to volunteer


Volunteering gives you many tools and skills that are transferable to other areas of your life that you can’t get in an academic setting, and you learn lots about yourself.


Experience more of Edinburgh or the place you call home through volunteering to help others or a cause that you are passionate about. 


1. Career benefits

When you think about the number of students graduating with the same degree or applying to same jobs as you, employers want to see what makes you different, and volunteering is a way that can make you stand out from the crowd.


Volunteering can be a route to employment, helping you gain/develop new/existing transferable skills, knowledge and experience, open doors for new opportunities, make contacts, keep your options open, and could even lead to a career change.


Time spent volunteering demonstrates to employers that you are proactive with a growth mindset.


2. Wellbeing benefits

Volunteering can enhance your sense of belonging and connection to others, helping you feel valued and part of a team, provides a break from academia, work and a busy lifestyle, boost confidence and self-esteem, gain a sense of satisfaction through helping others, increase your sense of fulfillment and happiness levels.


3. Social benefits

Volunteering offers a way to meet like-minded, as well as new people, make new friends, help you gain new perspectives, a chance to socialise and get to know the local community.


4. Community benefits

You could make a difference to the lives of others and those less fortunate, help solve problems faced by the community and the environment.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Unknown Author


5. Awards and Recognition

There are a range of ways that you can receive recognition and awards for your volunteering throughout your time at University with varying levels of commitment. Check them out here