How Volunteering with the Career Development Module Can Help You Stand Out from The Crowd

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Hi! I’m Lena, a 3rd year Media, Communications and Cultural studies student. I am currently volunteering as a Marketing Assistant for Go Volunteer, promoting all the wonderful ways that volunteering can enhance your employability!

I applied for the role through the Career Development Module (CDM) which I am taking as an optional module this year. The CDM is one of many ways that you can develop your employability skills while at university, giving you the option to volunteer with NUSU, external organisations or if you’re involved with a society as a committee member – that counts as volunteering too!

Not only is volunteering through CDM a great way to develop your graduate skills and have it count towards your academic credits, but you will gain a deeper understanding of how the work that you’re doing can help attract potential employers.

Throughout the module, you explore and build on four main employability skills that employers are actively looking for:

  • Planning and Organising
  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Personal enterprise

So far, I have been able to develop my personal enterprise and planning and organising skills. Also, I have learnt how to successfully articulate what skills I have to offer which comes in handy for job applications and interviews!

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to gain practical work experience and become an expert interviewee, volunteering through the career development module is a great way to reduce your graduate anxieties and learn more about your own skills and abilities.

If you want to get a head start on your volunteering, here are some fantastic volunteering opportunities you can get involved with in the month of December:

 

  1. Upcycle your clothes with the Newcastle University Fashion Society (December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th)

 

  1. Provide support for homeless people with Crisis at Christmas (December 24th – 27th)

 

  1. Create your own New Year’s Eve mask with Walk The Plank

 

  1. Help tidy up the streets of Jesmond (December 9th)!

 

For more information on all the amazing volunteering opportunities offered by Go Volunteer, check out our website for everything from community, language and one-off volunteering projects!

For any queries, please contact: govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk

 

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