Why volunteer? 

All students should aim to undertake work experience at some point within their University course, and volunteering is a great option.  It’s very often flexible, working around your timetable, part-time job and other personal commitments.  Volunteering will increase your transferable skills that are essential to portray when applying for a graduate job.  It can also give you the option to test drive a career path you have in mind and build your professional contacts at the same time.    In some cases, volunteering can be applied to placement modules, although this should be checked with your academic first. Find out how you get involved and make a difference by booking onto the webinars below.

Where to look


Are you interested in making a difference to the world around us? Do you want to give something back to the community while studying at USW?

The Civic Engagement Scheme provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the third-sector, in conservation and the environment, in care and social work, in the arts and cultural sector, among others. You will be able to support local community members and make a difference to people’s lives.

Skills Volunteering Cymru, SVC, is USW’s volunteering partner and can offer USW students the chance to volunteer in a variety of settings.

Jobs board where you can find all the latest opportunities posted by voluntary organisations.  You can select Voluntary as a “job type” to focus your search. We recommend signing up for the weekly alerts to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything (or daily if you are really keen!). 

A study from Reed Executive found that 

Three-quarters of employers prefer to recruit candidates with volunteering experience on their CV.

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