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Experience Works


Each October USW Careers holds our flagship volunteering fair, Experience Works.   This year, we are going virtual and have been engaging with the volunteering organisations we work with to put together the information below, highlighting how volunteering can help you gain valuable and practical work experience. 

If you like what you see, we’d really appreciate a mention on your social media channels #USWExperienceWorks2020 

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.

Find out about the organisation and the opportunities

CareersConnect.pngJobs 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!). 

USW Careers are here for you

We can help you find your career direction, you can get your CV checked, book a mock interview, explore your freelancing options, secure a placement, build your experience, develop your network, be employable and get inspired.

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We can help you search, find and apply for a voluntary opportunity. Our website is the best place to start with lots of resources and signposting to all of our services. Including resources to help you stand out from the crowd when writing a CV, Cover Letter, Application Form & preparing for an Interview with a voluntary organisation. 

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This programme can be applied to volunteering and will provide you with guidance on what to do throughout the whole process from beginning to end. Along the way, you will enhance your personal brand by developing your CV and interview skills in readiness for making an application to volunteer. You will also develop workplace skills to prepare you for the professional world after graduation.

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We offer careers appointments for USW students and graduates via Microsoft Teams (video) and via telephone.If you have a dedicated Work Placement Partner please contact them directly via email.

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A work placement is period of relevant, academically supervised work experience assessed as part of a programme of study.  This work experience may include volunteering so have a look at our advice and support.

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The GO Wales Work Experience Programme is for students who are struggling to access work experience including volunteering.  Advisers provide one to one support to help you work through any problems you are experiencing with work experience, help you to increase confidence, and to source an opportunity that is relevant to your career plans.

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We arrange a calendar of workshops - designed to assist you in making applications for voluntary opportunities.  Voluntary organisations may also host webinars to introduce themselves and provide information on the roles they have available.

Keep up to date with the latest from @USWCareers.

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